Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th at Augusta National with Eisenhower Tree on left
After yesterday’s news that the famous Eisenhower Tree was destroyed in the recent ice storms in Georgia, I dug through my library and found a couple of photos of the tree. Above Tiger Woods tees off and is trying to hit a high cut over the tree.
Below shows the size of the tree and how much of the fairway it guards.
Eisenhower Tree guards left side of fairway on #17 at Augusta National
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.
Augusta National Eisenhower Tree Damage
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.
Eisenhower Tree (left)
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.”
My golf aerial photo/video setup is improving very well. Since shooting this clip below I’ve put a lot of work into it to make it even better. Still, this is awesome. This is the 15th hole at the Sand Hollow Championship Course in Hurricane, Utah. This is an awesome par-3 about 195 yards.
Two days ago I had intended to write a great blog post and course review featuring Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. At that point in time writing a single word became as difficult as this legendary golf links is to play. Where would I start? How could I possibly convey how special of place it is? I felt like my limited blogging/writing skills could not do justice to this golf course which is known by many as the toughest test of golf in the world, a place which has hosted seven Open Championships, a senior Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship, and Women’s British Open.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for larger image
I’ve decided to do two articles about Carnoustie. One will be a standard course review and one, this one, a recollection of what it was like for me to play the course and what my thoughts and impressions were. (more…)
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stopped back one one of my favorite places this past weekend, Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, Utah. Sand Hollow Resort has three courses, a links course, par-3 course and their Championship Course. This facility is one of the best on the planet and the golf is out of this world due to the unique terrain.
While on the course for a couple of days I launched the HOG drone, a camera equipped mini helicopter I’ve built for shooting photos and videos of golf courses (and anything else I can fly over). Though it is winter and the course isn’t as green as it would be in the spring and summer, this video is still quite stunning. This is not bad for my first attempt at putting together video flyover highlights of a golf course.
How fun is this? I’m looking forward to my next trip down later in the season when the course is more green and I will have more time to work on the shots. This time around was quite educational and I will only get better.
If you’d like to hire me to shoot your golf course, event, or location with this setup feel free to contact me.