Augusta National Golf Club plans major clubhouse renovation, addition

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 7:14 PM
Last updated Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 8:32 AM
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Augusta National Golf Club is planning a major renovation and addition to its historic clubhouse, according to plans filed with the city of Augusta.

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Augusta National Golf Club's renovation plans do not indicate changes to the clubhouse's original structure.  FILE/STAFF
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Augusta National Golf Club's renovation plans do not indicate changes to the clubhouse's original structure.

A site plan filed by Cran­ston Engineering Group indicates the club, which plays host to the Masters Tour­nament, intends to demolish a portion of the existing building, including the kitchen area, and an adjacent building on the northeast side of the clubhouse to make way for the new structure. Bob Austin, of Augusta Planning and Development, said the plan shows a large, two-level structure will be built, with the lower level sitting below grade.

“Looks like they are doing some major renovations to the existing clubhouse,” Austin said after reviewing the plans, which were filed in May.

Austin said the plans did not indicate the square footage of the proposed structure but that it appeared to be substantial.

Augusta National spokesman Steve Ethun could not provide any details on the plans, saying the private club does not comment on internal improvement projects.

Marshall Masters, of Augusta Licensing and Inspection, said there have been discussions with club representatives about the project but that no building plans had been filed, nor had any permits been requested.

The building that became the clubhouse was constructed in 1854 as the home of indigo plantation owner Dennis Redmond, according to club history. The plans do not indicate any changes to the iconic original structure.

Several changes and additions have been made to the clubhouse through the years, including the addition in 1946 of a bachelor wing, suites building, trophy room and kitchen. A golf shop was added in 1953, and the grill room was added in 1962, according to club literature. The remodeling in 2003 of the grill room and locker room was the last major change.

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SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 10/28/12 - 01:35 pm
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Very Commercial Organization

Whoop tee Do - and Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts are doing back flips in their graves.

The Augusta National was intended to be an exclusive private club that hosted a major golf tournament once a year. Things seem to be evolving in a commercial direction. Billy Payne knows how to make money and cudos to him. But, the Augusta National knows how also, but in a non public and quietly discreet maner.

Hope the price of egg salad sandwiches doesn't go to $12.00.

T.More
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T.More 10/28/12 - 01:53 am
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Here is a Joke for the Day...

Q: What Happens when two women are allowed into the Augusta National?

A: The Clubhouse Receives the Largest Renovation in Over 150 Years.

It only took two months... Wow.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 10/28/12 - 07:52 am
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TMore

Now that's funny!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/28/12 - 09:59 am
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Outside Should Reflect Southern Culture, Too

I'm happy they realize the the history of the structure and are not messing with that part of it. I can only suggest they put up some white painted tire halfs with flowers in them and hang them from the porch. Possibly they could paint the trees white on the National high up as they could reach.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/28/12 - 12:43 pm
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Tmore

Good one!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 10/28/12 - 12:57 pm
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Do we need to pass around the
Unpublished

Do we need to pass around the hat? Keep us posted! We'll pitch in if they need us.

countyman
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countyman 10/28/12 - 02:41 pm
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I'm more interested in the

I'm more interested about the future of the land outside of the Augusta National. The Big Tree shopping center, and the Greens on Washington apartment complex.

The former retail/condo development at the National Hills shopping center was denied, and the new properties better produce more than surface parking.

I think the people who complained about the proposed Berckman rd project. They'll change their minds pretty quickly due to all of the new construction on the way in the area. Once the Village at Riverwatch is completed, I would stay away from Alexander rd especially during Masters week.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/28/12 - 05:23 pm
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Rick McKee

;O) Good one, that a nice big bathrooms for the ladies....

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 10/28/12 - 07:26 pm
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Oh, they must have

Flamingo's!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/12 - 08:06 am
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Didn't the National buy those

Didn't the National buy those apartments across Wash. Rd?

I think their plan is to eliminate as much as they can around the National. They want greenspace around it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/29/12 - 08:10 am
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Godspeed then

Because the area surrounding the National is oogly.

caddie160
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caddie160 10/29/12 - 09:12 am
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I think the club should

I think the club should change their name to reflect a broader appeal. Augusta suggests only a regional club even though the word national is an attempt to make the club more well known.

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