Augusta: Home of the Masters Tournament

By Steve Eubanks
Read by Tom Parker

7.73 Hours 03/01/1999 unabridged
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The Augusta National Golf Club, founded in 1933 and home to the prestigious Masters Tournament, is an American icon shrouded in intrigue. Co-designed by legends Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, Augusta boasts gorgeous fairways and perfectly manicured greens, set against a breathtaking backdrop of azaleas and pines. Behind the wondrous scenes and memorable tournament play resides a secretive and exclusive clan, marked with scandal and invested with the social power to make or break a man’s rise to glory. Journalist and novelist Steve Eubanks has used all of his investigative and storytelling talents to get to the heart of Augusta's turbulent history, including its 44-year rule under the iron fist of Cliff Roberts and his suicide on the club's grounds; the Masters' impetuous yet long-standing relationship with CBS; allegations of racism; and the club's countless, rigid rules. With 45 inspiring photographs, Eubanks's balanced account also captures the historic moments that evoke deep affection for Augusta, from Dwight Eisenhower teeing off in the days before the Masters was televised to Jack Nicklaus's emotional victory at age 46, 23 years after he won his first green jacket. With a new chapter on Tiger Woods's 1997 triumph and published just in time for the 1998 Masters, Augusta is essential reading for anyone who wants the complete story of American golf's most hallowed ground.

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Summary

Summary

The Augusta National Golf Club, founded in 1933 and home to the prestigious Masters Tournament, is an American icon shrouded in intrigue. Co-designed by legends Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, Augusta boasts gorgeous fairways and perfectly manicured greens, set against a breathtaking backdrop of azaleas and pines. Behind the wondrous scenes and memorable tournament play resides a secretive and exclusive clan, marked with scandal and invested with the social power to make or break a man’s rise to glory.

Journalist and novelist Steve Eubanks has used all of his investigative and storytelling talents to get to the heart of Augusta's turbulent history, including its 44-year rule under the iron fist of Cliff Roberts and his suicide on the club's grounds; the Masters' impetuous yet long-standing relationship with CBS; allegations of racism; and the club's countless, rigid rules.

With 45 inspiring photographs, Eubanks's balanced account also captures the historic moments that evoke deep affection for Augusta, from Dwight Eisenhower teeing off in the days before the Masters was televised to Jack Nicklaus's emotional victory at age 46, 23 years after he won his first green jacket. With a new chapter on Tiger Woods's 1997 triumph and published just in time for the 1998 Masters, Augusta is essential reading for anyone who wants the complete story of American golf's most hallowed ground.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With skillful and thorough reportage, [Eubanks] was the first to throw open, with detail, the dark corners of Augusta National’s musty, humorless, arrogant closets.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Steve Eubanks digs behind the manicured veneer of this exclusive enclave. Highlights include insights into how Dwight Eisenhower’s rise to power was spawned in the inner sanctums of the club, allegations of racism, the stormy relationship between the town and the club, the parallel rise of Palmer and the Masters, and the coming of Tiger Woods. Tom Parker’s reading is strong and melodic.” AudioFile
“Eubanks, a former PGA member, provides an insider’s knowledge…Narrator Tom Parker provides an entertaining account of this intriguing American phenomenon.” Library Journal
“A revealing look at America’s most intriguing golf club.” Golf Convergence

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Author

Author Bio: Steve Eubanks

Steve Eubanks is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine, as well as at FoxSports.com. He has authored or coauthored thirty books, including collaborations with such sports greats as Arnold Palmer, Lou Holtz, and Ty Murray. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 7.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English