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Augusta ice storm puts an
end to Eisenhower Tree

Associated Press, by Doug Ferguson

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Posted By:antiquegolf, 2/16/2014 8:45:14 PM

The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even a sitting U.S. president could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole this weekend because of damage from an ice storm, the club said Sunday. "The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept," club chairman Billy Payne said. "We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."

Sad news from Augusta, although not unexpected, as the tree had been held together with cables for years.

Thank you for supplying correct link, which they changed at source. LCom Staff.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/16/2014 9:28:26 PM     (No. 9735206)

That´s too bad but it was bound to happen eventually. I hope they make something from its wood that is memorable.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac, 2/16/2014 9:35:47 PM     (No. 9735212)

That´s an informative article, which I´m glad also recalls the tree guarding the right front of the 18th green at Pebble Beach. Finding an exact mate of these iconic trees is impossible, and the character of the courses will necessarily change.

Today Bubba Watson won at Riviera (Pacific Palisades, CA) for the first time since winning the Masters 37 starts ago. On #14 he was fortunate not to have been stymied behind the old, dead Bogart tree near the front left corner of the green, under which the actor used to sit in a chair to watch the L.A. Open from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. (He lived only a minute´s walk away.)

Augusta National Golf Club is the ultimate private club in America. Not even the most powerful person on earth, as Ike was in 1956, could tell the redoubtable Clifford Roberts what to do. Heh heh.

FTA: Eisenhower, an Augusta member from 1948 until his death in 1969, was said to have hit the tree so often on his tee shot that he campaigned to have it removed and proposed during an Augusta National governors´ meeting that it be cut down. This was in 1956, when Ike was starting his second term as president. Clifford Roberts, the club chairman and co-founder, overruled the president and adjourned the meeting.

I´m almost certain the Eisenhower Tree will be replaced by another loblolly pine of similar dimensions. #17 aka Nandina would look naked without anything in that place.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 2/16/2014 11:20:37 PM     (No. 9735293)

I´m disappointed as well. The Masters is my favorite tournament, there´s nothing in sport that comes close to it IMO.

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