Augusta

Augusta : Home of the Masters Tournament

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Every April, millions of people around the world tune in to watch the Masters Tournament, held at the Augusta Natioinal Golf Club in eastern Georgia, one of America's most beautiful courses. But behind the spectacular scenery and memorable tournament play is a highly exclusive and controversial club, with a membership that includes three hundred of the most powerful and influential men in America. In the first authoriative look inside the gates, author Steve Eubanks reveals the fascinating and often turbulent history of the Augusta National Golf Clulb, from its founding in the 1930s by the legendary Bobby Jones and Wall Street investor Cliff Roberts to its meteoric rise as home to America's favorite tournament. Despite the determined silence of all its members, past and present, Eubanks penetrates Augusta National's carefully cultivated image, offers dozens of insights, and shares numberous untold stories. With over forty photos of the legendary players on the greens as well as the players behind the scenes, Eubanks also captures some of the greatest golf moments in history. A new chapter on the 1997 Masters, where Tiger Woods crushed the competeition and scalpers charged up to $10,000 per ticket, makes "Augusta" essential reading for every golf fan.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 143.3 x 216.4 x 18.5mm | 308.54g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767902157
  • 9780767902151
  • 1,073,975

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Founded in 1933, the Augusta National Golf Club is the perfect course. Co-designed by legends Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, Augusta boasts gorgeous fairways and perfectly manicured greens, set against a breathtaking backdrop of azaleas and pines. Every April, the invitation-only Masters Tournament is watched by millions of avid viewers around the globe. But the exclusive club, with a membership comprising some of the world's most powerful and influential men, is also notorious for a legacy of secrets and controversy. Journalist and novelist Steve Eubanks used all of his investigative and storytelling talents to get to the heart of Augusta's turbulent history, including its 44-year rule under the iron fist of Cliff Roberts and his suicide on the club's grounds; the Masters' impetuous yet long-standing relationship with CBS; allegations of racism; and the club's countless, rigid rules (members can even be expelled for wearing their green Augusta blazers outside the club). With 45 inspiring photographs, Eubanks's balanced account also captures the historic moments that evoke deep affection for Augusta, from Dwight Eisenhower teeing off in the days before the Masters was televised to Jack Nicklaus's emotional victory at age 46, 23 years after he won his first green jacket. With a new chapter on Tiger Woods's 1997 triumph and published just in time for the 1998 Masters, Augusta is essential reading for anyone who wants the complete story of American golf's most hallowed ground.show more

About Steve Eubanks

Steve Eubanks is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine, as well as at FoxSports.com. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including collaborations with sports greats such as Arnold Palmer, Lou Holtz, and Ty Murray. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.show more

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