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Augusta National Golf Club Eisenhower Tree Photos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Categories: Golf CoursesThe MastersTiger Woods
Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th at Augusta National with Eisenhower Tree on left

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

Eisenhower Tree guards left side of fairway on #17 at Augusta National

Ice Storm Does What President Dwight D. Eisenhower Couldn’t, Brings Down Augusta National’s Famed 17th Pine Tree

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, February 17th, 2014
Categories: Golf CoursesThe MastersTiger Woods

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

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.”

2013 Year in Review – Part Uno

2013 was quite a year for Hooked On Golf Blog and me, Tony Korologos. This article is part one of two (part two tomorrow), looking back at 2013 from at HOG viewpoint.

Rory McIlroy NikeJanuary

Ah the beginning of a new year and the hopes that my short game would improve. There’s always 2014…

Rory McIlory switched to Nike Golf. Personal issues, business issues, and perhaps the equipment switch would contribute to a less-than-satisfying year on the course for Rory.

Attended the PGA Show for the billionth time. Orlando hates me and my body. Had a great time seeing the new gear, meeting old golf friends and battling in the Battle of the Golf Blogs.

Mike and Kevin Foley & MeFebruary

February I posted a bunch of golf videos from the PGA Merchandise Show.

Asher Golf’s James Roundy, a local friend, passed. Sad.

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour traveled to Bogota, Colombia. What a fantastic trip! I got to play golf with Tour star Kevin Foley in the Tour Colombia Championship Pro-Am. Kevin would later gain his PGA Tour card for 2014! He must have learned from my dual chicken wing granny over the top swing.

La Cima Club de Golf - Click to enlarge


While in Colombia I played golf at La Cima Golf Course, 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Wow. Ball go far.

Met Tour player Dusty Fielding. Nice kid.

A fun blog post was “Filtering Out the Noise: Golf Social Networking’s Top 10 Overused Status Updates.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell driver.

Cobra Amp Cell Irons - click for more


Bubba’s Hover was the video rage. Bubba Watson released a golf cart hovercraft!

Of course, April is Masters month. Not a month is busier for me or HOG. Lots of Masters related articles. Adam Scott won the Masters in dramatic fashion. Angel Cabrera hit what I consider the shot of the year with his approach on the final hole to about two feet. That shot resulted in a birdie to tie Adam Scott and force a playoff.

I reviewed the Cobra Amp Cell irons.

Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes - click to see more


Ecco Golf came out with hybrid wingtip shoes. Some of the coolest crossover shoes ever.

Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS (always write “The Players” in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had a little tiff which the media went into a feeding frenzy over. Sergio eventually apologized for some not-so-nice comments.

HOG poll results told us that Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travel.

Good thing Adam Scott won the Masters when he did. The USGA and R&A announced the ban on anchored golf clubs, beginning January 1st, 2016. Bye bye belly.

Eric/Tom sent in some great fan mail, calling me an “asshole who sucks at golf and couldn’t break 100” all because of a golf bag I reviewed. Thanks Eric/Tom!

I fell down a volcano and suffered volcanic road rash. Thankfully my Nikon survived.

Sand BagJune

I played in the Salt Lake Amateur golf tournament. I was right in the mix through 27 holes until my back went out on the 10th tee.  I finished, but the last nine was not pretty. Bugger. Kill me.

HOG readers voted Southwest Airlines as the best airline for golf travel by a landslide.

I reviewed a very cool book: An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course.

Posted an article on golf CHEATERS. That’s what sandbaggers are.

Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in amazing fashion. That was one of the best ball striking displays I’ve ever seen.

On June 30, I boarded an airplane bound for St. Andrews, Scotland.

2013 Presidents Cup – Round Four Results

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfThe Masters
2013 Presidents Cup – ROUND 4
4:03 pm Day/DeLaet (INT) vs Mickelson/Bradley (USA) All Square
3:52 pm Sterne/Leishman (INT) 4 down Dufner/Johnson (USA) 
4:50 pm Scott/Matsuyama (INT) 4 down Haas/Stricker (USA) 
5:01 pm Els/de Jonge (INT) 1 up Woods/Kuchar (USA) 
4:25 pm Oosthuizen/Schwartzel (INT) 1 down Simpson/Snedeker (USA) 

Happy 84th Birthday to The King, Arnold Palmer

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Categories: (British) Open ChampionshipChampions TourMiscellaneousPGA ChampionshipPGA TourPro GolfThe MastersU.S. OPEN

I’d like to personally wish The King, Arnold Palmer, a great 84th birthday. While I grew up on the waning side of Arnie’s career, I still loved to watch him play. I seriously break into tears every time The King leads off the Masters with the ceremonial tee shot. Yeah, I’m soft.

Arnold Palmer after ceremonial tee shot at the Masters

Arnold Palmer after ceremonial tee shot at the Masters

I did follow around Arnie a few times on the course during some Champions Tour (then the Senior Tour) events and it was a blast. Perhaps the best group was the time I followed Arnie, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. Fantastic. Arnie and Jack didn’t get much of a word in over Lee. No surprise.

Arnold Palmer

Nobody has done for golf what Arnie did. This blog probably would not exist and I’d probably be blogging about pool or something if not for the popularity The King brought to this great game in the 50’s.

Many people have “Arnie stories.” My lovely mother (RIP) had one. She was watching Arnie play during a tournament. After putting out, The King walked up to my mom and gave her a big wink, then went on to the next hole. She melted. I always loved hearing that story from her.

My dad had an Arnie story too. He was a sports writer here for many years and had the opportunity to interview The King for an hour. He asked Arnie, “if I practice as much as you do and hit as many range balls as you, can I beat you?” Arnie’s answer was, “no.” My dad asked Arnie how he could play so great under pressure. What makes him so good? His answer, “I WILL the ball into the hole.” My dad later told me that if he was Arnie’s golf ball, he’d be afraid not to go in the hole.

I hope to have my own similar Arnie story someday.

Thanks for everything Mr. Palmer.  Have a great birthday.

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