Ever been at a Masters Tournament party and felt lost in a room full of golf enthusiasts? While the Masters can be a great time for everyone, there’s something unsettling about feeling unable to contribute to the conversations around you.
We might not be able to educate you on all the finer points of golf in a way that only watching the sport can. However, we can help you inspire some fun chat alongside the course.
To get more out of your trip to the Masters, check out these fun tips, from the youngest masters winner to the famed Amen Corner.
Fun Facts About the Masters
For any tradition that’s been around for over 80 years, there are bound to be some great stories and fun quirks. Try on these cool facts for size:
1: The Green Jacket
The iconic green jacket is the award today’s Masters winners receive, but it didn’t start that way. Beginning in 1937, members of the Augusta National Golf Club wore the green jacket so visitors knew who to ask if they had questions. After all, the last thing you want to do when you’re watching a golf tournament is to get lost on the massive grounds.
It wasn’t until 1949 that it was awarded to the tournament winner for the first time. That winner was Sam Snead.
2: Out in Front
If a golfer wins a tournament “wire-to-wire,” it means they were leading the tournament the entire time. Over the years, there have only been five golfers who won the Masters Tournament wire-to-wire.
Craig Wood was the first in 1941, followed by Arnold Palmer in 1960. Jack Nicklaus made the list in 1972, and Raymond Floyd came in soon after in 1976. It took nearly 40 years before Jordan Spieth had the next wire-to-wire win in 2015.
3: The Age Gap: Oldest and Youngest Masters Winners
Unlike most sports, golf is a great game for people in a wide range of age groups, and the Masters tournament is no exception.
The youngest Masters winner was Tiger Woods, who was just 21 when he won in 1997. On the other end of the spectrum, Jack Nicklaus was the oldest person to win the tournament. He was 46 at the time of his 1986 win.
4: Late to the Game
As many positive features as golf has, the sport tends to be behind the times when it comes to inclusivity. It wasn’t until 1990 that the Augusta National Golf Club welcomed their first African American member, Ron Townsend.
The club was historically closed off to women as well. They didn’t admit their first female members until 2012 when they welcomed Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore.
5: Green History
If you aren’t too busy being star-struck at the Masters, take a look at the trees on the course. One tree next to the clubhouse, known as “the big oak tree,” has been around since the 1850s.
In addition to the big oak tree, there are 61 magnolia trees along the entrance to the club. These trees are from the late 1850s, making them around 160 years old.
6: Yes, Ike’s Pond Refers to That Ike
You might think that any golf club would be itching to invite any US president to join. In reality, the only president who was a confirmed member of the Augusta National Golf Club was Dwight Eisenhower, or “Ike.”
Still, old Ike made a name for himself. The three-acre pond near the ninth hole of the three-par course is named after him, bearing the name of “Ike’s Pond.” That seems like a fair exchange considering that he’s the one who suggested that site for the picturesque feature.
7: Pitching In
To some, the Masters is a way for golf fans to come together no matter what the country’s political climate may be. However, there have been times when the tournament had to give way to national concerns.
There were no Masters tournaments in 1943, 1944, or 1945 due to World War II. Instead, the club did their part for the war effort by raising cattle and turkeys on the grounds.
8: Up for Grabs
Despite all the history of the Masters Tournament, there are still plenty of firsts up for grabs. For instance, no one has ever won the Masters and the Par Three Tournament in the same year.
There’s another title that’s unclaimed as well: the Masters has never had an amateur winner. Tee time, anyone?
9: Exclusive Membership
You may have guessed this considering that only one US president has made the cut, but the Augusta National Golf Club is a pillar of exclusivity.
It’s invitation-only, so no one can apply to become a member. Over the years, only three professional golfers have been granted membership: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and John Harris.
10: A Home Built for Masters
The Augusta National Golf Club, of course, is famous for being the host to the Masters Tournament, and that’s been its destiny from the beginning.
Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts bought the grounds with a grand vision in mind. They formally opened the club in 1933 and hosted the first Masters Tournament in 1934.
11: Amen Corner
Throughout the more than 80 years of Masters history, stories have become ingrained in the course’s geography. There are plaques and monuments to the greats all over the course.
One of the most notable sites on the course is Amen’s Corner. The sector includes the second half of hole 11, all of hole 12, and the first half of hole 13. As a uniquely challenging area of the course, Amen’s Corner got its name from Herbert Warren Wind in 1958.
Wind was a writer for Sports Illustrated. He coined the term Amen’s Corner after watching Arnold Palmer’s momentous performance in the “corner” in 1958, allowing him to win the tournament.
Mastering Your Masters Trivia
For the same reason that you research a destination before you vacation there, knowing more about the Masters Tournament is a great way to enjoy your visit.
The cool facts above will help you get to know the course and check out the sites next spring. Plus, the next time your trivia team gets a question about the youngest Masters winner, you’re a hero.
If you’re ready to take more concrete steps to plan ahead for your trip to the Masters, find out about our Masters hospitality information.