Today’s bits of useless knowledge…
Since I’m working at the Masters Golf Tournament this week I thought these might be interesting!
1.) “The Masters” was coined by Clifford Roberts in 1938 (used starting in 1939), though Bobby Jones was never a fan — referencing to the tournament as late as 1963 as “the so-called Masters.”
2.) Famed golf course architect and Augusta designer Alister MacKenzie died before the grass had been planted — never playing or seeing the course in its finished form.
3.) Augusta originally planned to have a 19th hole, at the request of Bobby Jones. The idea was to have an extra hole so a losing golfer could have an another opportunity to win back his money in a game of double or nothing. It was to be 90-yards long, uphill towards the clubhouse between the 9th and 18th greens. The idea was dropped partly because of economic reasons and partly because it would impede the view to the 18th green for patrons watching the Masters.
4.) While now just as iconic as the tournament itself, the green jacket awarded to the Masters winner was originally intended to be an “usher’s coat,” so to speak. In 1937, members of the club decided to wear green jackets during the tournament so that fans in attendance could easily spot them if they needed to ask questions
5.) The Masters was the first tournament to host a 72-hole competition over four days. It was the first to have room to park thousands of cars. It was the first to offer free daily pairing sheets instead of a program. It was the first tournament to be covered nationwide on radio. It was the first to use bleachers. It was the first to use rope galleries, and the first to use private detectives to handle ticket sales and security. It developed the first on-course scoreboard. And it was the first to use the over/under par system we generally use today.