8 more parcels added to Augusta National Golf Club's parking area

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 5:44 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 12:01 PM
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Augusta National Golf Club’s parking area for the Masters Tournament added eight more parcels Monday, nearing the completion of several years of property acquisitions off Berckmans Road.

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Herman and Elizabeth Thacker own one of the few houses remaining of a neighborhood that become a parking area for the Masters Tournament. The Thackers said they aren't interested in selling.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Herman and Elizabeth Thacker own one of the few houses remaining of a neighborhood that become a parking area for the Masters Tournament. The Thackers said they aren't interested in selling.

The Augusta Planning Commission recommended approval for a special exemption allowing parking for one week a year during the Masters on parcels fronting Berckmans Road, Heath Drive, Stanley Drive and Hillside Lane.

The properties were recently bought by Berckman Residential Properties LLC, a broker that was part of acquiring dozens of properties in the Berckmans Road area to create a grassy meadow used for patron parking during the tournament.

“We’ve probably been here 20 times as various parcels have been purchased over the last few years,” said Patrick Rice, the attorney representing Berckman Residential Properties “This is getting towards the ends of those purchases.”

The petition was not opposed at Monday’s meeting. It goes before the Augusta Commission for final approval Aug. 20.

“I hope you’re satisfied with the way the property has been treated and nurtured,” Rice said. “I think it’s a huge addition to Augusta and certainly to the tournament.”

The land rush began in the late 1990s, when several brokers took control of the majority of land between Berckmans Road and Heath Drive. Lucrative sales created millionaires and multimillionaires in the modest, post-World War II neighborhood.

In the most recent transactions, Jerry and Sally Thacker sold their house at the corner of Berckmans Road and Heath Drive for $3,653,000. The home on 2.32 acres was valued at $424,729, according to 2013 property tax records.

Plans to widen and realign Berckmans Road finally persuaded the Thackers to sell, they said. The preferred route would cut through their front yard.

“We bought this house in 1991, and we thought we’d be here for 40 years,” Jerry Thacker said. “The road’s coming to our front door.”

The few residents holding out on the big earnings said they aren’t interested in selling no matter how great the deal.

On Stanley Drive, Herman and Elizabeth Thacker maintain a neatly kept, one-story brick home and manicured lawn. Despite having nearly no neighbors, they aren’t leaving.

“We just don’t have any desire to pick up and move. There’s not much more to say about it,” said Herman Thacker, the brother of Jerry Thacker.

Herman Thacker said that the golf club has approached them about buying but that no dollar amounts were ever discussed.

“Money doesn’t buy you everything,” he said.

While keeping their permanent home, the Thackers sold a rental property across the street for $1.2 million to Berckman Residential Properties LLC. The 0.91-acre lot was valued at $487,766.

Also on Stanley Drive, Mary Ann Richards is another one of the few remaining. Richards, 87, can’t remember whether a broker or Augusta National has ever offered to buy her house.

“I’ll be here till I die,” she said. “I think they know me and know I’m not going anywhere.”

One other house next door to Richards is owned by Security Land and Development Corp., the owner of National Plaza shopping center, site of the Publix Supermarket.

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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 08/05/13 - 06:44 pm
I might be totally wrong, but

I might be totally wrong, but it seems that all of these meetings, negotiations, and transactions have happened in a gentlemanly and quiet manner. Never have we heard of heavy-handedness, intimidation, or pressured dealings between the National's representatives and the homeowners. If this elderly lady was being bullied into selling, don't you think we'd hear about it? You gotta admit, it sure is pretty out there.
How much land is needed for another course??

floridasun 08/05/13 - 09:25 pm
This article says the ANGC has purchased 70,000 acres???

I find it hard to believe the AGNC has purchased 70,000 acres in the Berkmans Rd/ Heath Drive area. Maybe 700 acres.
I must admit the land looks a lot nicer with the houses gone, sort of like a nice passive park

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/05/13 - 09:40 pm
What is unseen

They own stuff you would never believe, FloridaSun. They own way more real estate down there than merely the grassy parking lots.

corgimom 08/05/13 - 10:30 pm
Don't they also own property

Don't they also own property in Sand Hills?

fatherinevans 08/06/13 - 06:40 am
Why is it OK to scalp the land surrounding the Augusta National

Why is it OK to scalp the land surrounding the Augusta National and yet you go to jail for selling their tickets to make a buck?

Dixieman 08/06/13 - 07:57 am
Dixieman needs 5,000 points

How is it scalping to offer people a fair price and then let them decide if they want to accept it or not? Better get out your dictionary.

GnipGnop 08/06/13 - 08:01 am
How is it legal for the commission

to be voting for an entity that gives them tickets to it's event every year. There is a conflict of interest in this!!

bubbasauce 08/06/13 - 08:17 am
Shhhh GnipGnop, no one is

Shhhh GnipGnop, no one is supposed to know about the commissioners getting two Masters tickets. Ha. Does seem like a conflict of interest though.

JRC2024 08/06/13 - 08:41 am
I just wish I owned the house

I just wish I owned the house the Thackers sold and the one the brother is in. It would be gone tomorrow.

bdouglas 08/06/13 - 08:59 am
No way, Jose... (or...Meg Mirshak)

70,000 acres is a bit more than ONE THIRD of the size of the Savannah River Site. 70,000 acres would be somewhere near the entirety of what's inside the 520/20 'loop' on the GA side of the river.

70 acres would be a more accurate statement if you're talking about the parking areas, as the sentence said. Nowhere near 700 acres even. Heck, the entire ANGC is only 350 acres itself.

EDIT: I see it's been corrected now with no comment, making us all look stupid...

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 08/06/13 - 09:12 am
70000 acres is obviously incorrect.

We removed it until we can get the actual size.

lovingthesouth72 08/06/13 - 01:59 pm
other uses

Can this area be used for other events through out the year? it seems such a waste to just use it for parking one week out of the whole year. How about a fall festival, or a fall concert?

bdouglas 08/06/13 - 02:37 pm

I'm not sure how feasible that is without rezoning. From what I understand of the article, the exemption for parking for one week a year implies that it's still zoned residential otherwise.

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