In Superintendent magazine’s 2015 annual Super Survey, we asked almost 400 superintendents, “What’s the greatest golf course in the country?” Almost 49 percent of the votes went to Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Here are a few facts (and a rumor) about Augusta National to know as you watch the Masters this spring.

  • Augusta is only open to its members for about seven months of the year.
  • In 1980, Augusta converted its greens from bermudagrass to bentgrass to provide a faster putting surface.
  • Just before the 1975 Masters, the common beige sand in the bunkers was replaced with the now-signature white feldspar.
  • Augusta’s response to claims that the course has an unlimited maintenance budget: “All budgets have limits. We can’t speak to how other courses manage their resources. Also, most courses do not benefit from hosting one of the sport’s most visible tournaments.”
  • The 13th hole has an estimated 1,600 azalea bushes—that’s what it’s called “Azalea.”
  • Rumor has it that course personnel place bags of ice on azalea bushes and dogwood trees to keep them from blooming until Masters week. Remember, though, that rumor is often myth.

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