Roots and Facts of the Masters Tournament

The Masters Tournament was first played in 1934 and is among the four main events of golf, alongside the British Open, U.S Open as well as USA PGA tour. The Augusta National Golf club located in Augusta hosts this tournament every April.


Many are looking forward the US Masters golf 2017, but few know how the tournament began. Two men combined resources and created the Augusta National Golf Club, which dates back to 1931, when Great Depression was at its peak. Bobby Jones is among the original founders of the club. A native of Atlanta and outstanding amateur, he won thirteen major championships in-between 1923 and 1930. At twenty-eight years old, Jones retired from competitive golf, following his Grand Slam win in 1930 that included the four major titles of US Open and Amateur as well as British Open and Amateur tournaments. For the next couple of years, he involved himself in several golf projects selected carefully, among which was Augusta National that would in later years form part of the USA PGA tour.

Clifford Roberts, a New York Financier who had in the Mid-1920s befriended Jones, was less prominent than him, yet no less critical to the club’s success. Jones brought credibility and publicity to the venture and Roberts, his business acumen.

Roberts sold the national golf club concept with skill to a few investors, even amidst the depression. The exercise enabled him raise the requisite amount of capital for purchasing land and beginning course-construction. Alister Mackenzie, famous architect of the golf course, worked alongside Jones on design of Augusta National course. He complemented Jones since they agreed upon many aspects of architecture relating to the golf course.

The two discovered an abandoned plant nursery of 365 acres called Fruitland (Berckmans Nursery), near Augusta, where Prosper Berckmans grew peaches, among other things. Originally a plantation, the land was available at extremely low cost, which was driven by the depressed economy. Whereas Roberts handled finances, Jones proposed it as the ideal location for putting up a golf course. He and Mackenzie oversaw its construction that commenced in 1931 and ended in 1932. Keith Prowse Travel

Roberts and Jones deliberated on prospects of hosting a major event, like the U.S. Open, in just a few months of its completion. Augusta was excessively hot for hosting the U.S golf tournament held traditionally within summer among other scheduling conflicts and climate. Horton Smith won the first National Invitation Tournament held at Augusta in spring of 1934 and became an instant success. It officially adopted the Masters as its name in 1939, known today as US Masters Golf tournament.


Masters keeps growing in popularity and prestige and remains the only main US golf tournament staged annually within the same course. This feature affords the event some sense of familiarity and continuity which lacks in other major tournaments.

The unprecedented sixth victory of Jack Nicklaus in 1986, heartbreaking losses of Australian Greg Norman and spectacular several victories of Tiger Woods between 1997 and 2005 are among recent competitive highlights. The USA PGA tour has for long enjoyed being hosted at the Augusta National Golf Club. The tournament keeps drawing the best golfers from all over the globe to northeast Georgia and has turned into one of the most prominent golf tournaments worldwide.