The Masters is weird.It’s all pomp and circumstance. It’s defined by a set of odd rules and customs that just doesn’t exist outside of Augusta National.
For better or worse, it’s unique. And people love it for its strange traditions.
We compiled our favourites.
The players used to use Augusta's own (overwhelmingly African-American) caddys to carry their clubs.
Now that caddying is big business, players bring their personal, highly-paid helpers. But Augusta still makes them wear those outfits.
The Masters has some strange broadcast rules:
- Broadcasts can only have four minutes of commercials per hour.
- Broadcasters have to call fans 'patrons.'
- Broadcasters have to call the rough the 'second cut.'
Source: The Age
It's nearly impossible to become a member at Augusta.
You have to be be nominated by a current Augusta member, and new initiations generally aren't accepted unless someone quits or dies. The total membership hovers around 300.
Bill Gates finally became a member in 2002, joining the likes of T. Boone Pickens and Lynn Swann.
24 people were arrested outside Augusta on Tuesday for trying to scalp tickets.
The course is insane about who it lets into the tournament. It's illegal to sell tickets within 2,700 feet of the gates.
In addition, you don't buy tickets, you 'apply' for them in a process that begins just a few weeks after the tournament ends.
You know those pristine white bunkers?
They're actually composed of waste product from the mining of aluminium, according to Golf.com
Basically, there's this company that mines feldspar (rocks) for aluminium. This process produces waste in the form of really bright, pure quartz -- that's what Augusta uses.
Augusta is its own universe with a tenuous connection to the outside world (see: all the ridiculous anecdotes in this slideshow).
But WWII affected Augusta just like it did the rest of the country. During the war, the course didn't have the manpower to maintain the course, so they set 200 cattle loose on the grounds in hopes that they would 'trim' the grass by eating it.
Fans always line the ropes at big tournaments in hopes of getting a signature. But this is tougher to do at Augusta.
You can only try and solicit an autograph on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse, near the practice facilities.
All phones and other electronic devices (Kindles, we guess) are taken away at the gates of Augusta. You can't even bring in a camera.
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