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Last week’s ice storm brought down many majestic trees throughout the Augusta area, but none as famous as the century-old loblolly pine on the 17th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club.

The Eisenhower Tree, named after the president who lobbied unsuccessfully to have it cut down because his golf shots often hit it, was removed over the weekend. Experts concluded it would not survive damage from the storm, which sheared almost the entire left side of the 65-foot-high conifer.

The landmark tree was the defining feature of the 17th hole, and played prominently in the outcomes of several Masters Tournaments. It was golf’s most renowned pine tree.

“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said.

Augusta National officials promise an honorific replacement on the site of the tree. We look forward to seeing it. They will be hard-pressed to match the majesty of the location’s original occupant.

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Riverman1 02/18/14 - 07:38 am
I Like Ike

I figured they would bring in another full grown tree. But the honorific replacement may keep the history. The Eisenhower era at Augusta National is remarkable with the President spending more time here than in D.C. His presence was not only at the National, it was felt all over the CSRA. My grandparents talked about his bird hunting in Aiken County.

Ike was greatly respected even if he was a leading force in desegregation of the public schools. The dignified Southern Gentlemen of that time knew how to compartmentalize matters and show the President respect while drinking bourbon and playing cards with him while Mamie had her own local friends. We need another "Augusta White House."

Bizkit 02/18/14 - 09:22 am
Plant a new pine-it'll grow

Plant a new pine-it'll grow and be a good size in another 50 years or so. You can take an ole cone from Ike and plant a seed to make "Spawn of Ike". At least it sounds cool-like a horror story.

jimmymac 02/18/14 - 10:04 am

Eisenhower was POTUS during a gentler and happier time in America, He was a good man and a very good president. It would be wonderful if the tree wood could be sold to raise money for charity. I bet Ike would be proud and happy to see the tree gone.

SGT49 02/18/14 - 12:18 pm
Was that a chuckle I heard

Was that a chuckle I heard from the direction of Abilene Kansas? Who got the last laugh?

I think something should be made from the wood of the tree to honor Ike.

deestafford 02/19/14 - 06:06 am
It will be interesting to see...

It will be interesting to see what is done with the wood from Ike's Tree. I'm sure The Club is going to do some special things with it.

I guess it was only fitting that the tree named for a brilliant war time leader went down fighting in a battle, a battle with Mother Nature, rather shriveling up and dying from old age. The death of a true warrior who dies with his boots on is only fitting.

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