Augusta Turns 73

augusta opening.jpgAugusta National opened seventy-three years ago today. And the Masters is just 83 days away.

To the left is a postcard that announced the opening (available through Golf Links To The Past for $850). 

Below are a couple of early images picked up recently from the old American Golfer magazine.  The first is Bobby Jones during his first Masters appearance en route to a 76. He is putting on the (then boomerang) ninth green, with the first fairway in the background. Note the beautiful fairway bunker lines.

The second image is of today's 18th, showing the old cross bunker whose outline remains visible today. Thanks to Tommy in the art department for touching these up.