Posted February 26, 2014

Before and After: Augusta National Without Eisenhower Tree

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Augusta National’s famed “Eisenhower Tree” was removed two weeks ago after it was damaged in an ice storm that hit the Georgia area.

Mark Immelman, Trevor’s brother and golf instructor, snapped a picture of the new look on the 17th hole without the gigantic loblolly pine sitting 210 yards down the fairway.

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31 comments
Jay Langa
Jay Langa

Damn! Even Augusta National couldn't escape winters clutches...!

oldtimer54
oldtimer54

Ike's tree will be reborn this summer when they have the time to plant it so that it looks like it has been there for 50 years.  They have been anticipating this moment and I am sure they already have picked out the replacement.  I remember when they added trees to the right of 11 fairway.  They were huge and looked lke they had always been there.  That's the way AN rolls.

Cory Freeman
Cory Freeman

They need a new tree, the fairway is wide open now.

Eddie Ray Neaux
Eddie Ray Neaux

Augusta National G.C. could easily replant a mature tree there if they wanted.

Jeff Gilkey
Jeff Gilkey

It's just a tree for crying out loud.

Zac Cypret
Zac Cypret

Wow. The Eisenhower Tree was glorious. I'm glad I was able to see the it in person back in 2011 at a practice round. The proverbial history at Augusta National has just inscribed the end of a definitive chapter, rich with character. This tree will be missed.

Byron Brasier
Byron Brasier

Looks like all the snow from a few weeks ago hasn't effected the course.

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Who said it wasn't killed by a storm ? Mr John Doiron, I get whay you're saying & respect your opinion. I personally think the reason we see those things like Adam & Charl are because of the hole design & tightness of fairway. I think we will still see the same. I could be wrong. One thing I know is we will find out. Im sure they will have a graphic comparing the handicaps before & after !

Trent Michaud
Trent Michaud

Will be missed but the handicap might get easier!

John Doiron
John Doiron

Adam, I have been watching The Masters for over 40 years, and I can tell you that the tree was always in play, as players were forced to play a right to left tee shot to get around it. Guys who could not would end up in the right rough trying to reach the hardest green on the course. Others (like Adam Scott in 2011 when he lost to Schwartzel) overcooked a draw and had to hit a miraculous recovery from underneath other trees there on the left. This will make the hole easier this year for sure, but the green is still a difficult one.

Chris Austin
Chris Austin

Funny. I've seen a few professionals hit it over the past 5 years and if you watch the news bit just FB pits you would know the tree was taken down by one if the winter storms not the course crew!!

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Made the hole no easier what so ever. These guys bombed it over or around it every time. It was a non issue.

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

Obviously its a lot different look...but if anyone has been paying attention, this tree hasn't cause one single issue for a professional at The Masters in a long time ! Fact.

John Ischy
John Ischy

Hole is a little easier now...cut the corner

Ryan Esser
Ryan Esser

Well that sucks. Should of left it as long as possible.

Guy Crawford
Guy Crawford

Man that opens up that hole. I bet by next year there's something there.

Chris Austin
Chris Austin

Mother Nature 1 Augusta 0. Such a loss!!

Kent Williams
Kent Williams

Let Jack Nicklaus plant a tree in the same spot, and call it the Nicklaus Tree.

AD Dees
AD Dees

This hole looks unfinished now....

Bob Langley
Bob Langley

Sorry...this is not right...A lot of character has been lost.. My opinion..mine only....

Brian Edgerton
Brian Edgerton

I can think of a few trees at my course I wish would go away...

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