Sad news from the home of the Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club. The famous Eisenhower Tree lining the left side of the 17th hole was destroyed by the recent ice storm in Georgia. The Club tried everything they could but the Eisenhower Pine Tree has been removed.
The Eisenhower Tree became famous because of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He hated the tree and motioned for the tree to be removed. That’s when Augusta National’s co-founder Clifford Roberts declared the president “out of order.”
The tree has caused many a player problems, including Tiger Woods.
Rumor has it that Augusta National has had a backup tree picked out, ready for a time like this. I suppose we will find out what they decide to do in a couple of months when the 2014 Masters Tournament begins.
Below is a statement from Augusta National’s Billy Payne on the loss of the Eisenhower Tree:
“Like so many of our family, friends and neighbors in this community, Augusta National Golf Club has been busy cleaning up after the historic ice storm this week. Everyone affected remains in our hearts and prayers, and we likewise hope for a speedy and complete recovery for all.
“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept. We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.
“We have begun deliberations of the best way to address the future of the 17th hole and to pay tribute to this iconic symbol of our history – rest assured, we will do both appropriately.
“I can report that the golf course sustained no major damage otherwise. We are now open for Member play and we will be unaffected in our preparations for the 2014 Masters Tournament.”