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Experience The Masters
Augusta, GA . November 9-15, 2020
Jeff Travis Wansley

“Bucket List was great to work with for Masters experience in Augusta, Ga. Great offerings and quality staff on the ground!”

Jeff Travis Wansley
Jeff Travis Wansley

“Bucket List was great to work with for Masters experience in Augusta, Ga. Great offerings and quality staff on the ground!”

Jeff Travis Wansley

The Masters: A Brief History and Course Guide

In 1857,  an immigrant from Belgium named Dr Louis Berckmans and his eldest son Propser, bought the land that would eventually become Augusta National.  Their original purchase was for 145 acres of farmland off Washington Rd in Augusta. Just one year later, they purchased an adjoining property of 315 acres that included a fruit tree nursery.  That property went by the name Fruitland Nursery, and the Berckmans adopted that name for their operation.  The entire property was valued at roughly $20,000 at that time.

The Berckmans went to great lengths to import exotic plants from other locales outside of Georgia.  By the end of 1858, the Fruitland Nursery was marketing a broad range of fruit and ornamental trees, vines, roses, hedge plants and a wide assortment of shrubs.  By 1860, Fruitland Nursery was one of the largest and most successful nurseries anywhere in the South.  Fruitland Nursery was especially renowned for their azalea plants, which originated in Japan but which Propser Berckmans made popular all across the Deep South.   The Fruitland Nursey remained operational until Prosper Berckmans’ death in 1910.

In 1930,  Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones were searching for land on which to build their dream golf club.  When Bobby Jones saw the property that had been the Berckmans’ Fruitland Nurseries he simply said “this is it.”  He later explained that it looked to him as if the land had been waiting for years to have a golf course built upon it.  In spite of the ongoing Great Depression, the two men pressed forward and hired Alister MacKenzie to design for them the greatest golf course in the world.

In 1931, they purchased the land for $70,000 and commenced work. One of the first people they hired was Prosper Berckmans’ son, Louis Alphonse Berckmans, who was responsible for repositioning the many flowering plants, trees and shrubs to best incorporate them into the 18 holes of Augusta National.  All of the holes at Augusta National Golf Club are now named after those flowering shrubs or trees (although some of the names have changed over the years).
  • Hole # 1: Tea Olive
  • Hole # 2: Pink Dogwood
  • Hole # 3: Flowering Peach
  • Hole #4: Flowering Crab Apple
  • Hole #5: Magnolia
  • Hole #6: Juniper
  • Hole #7: Pampas
  • Hole #8: Yellow Jasmine
  • Hole #9: Carolina Cherry
  • Hole #10: Camellia
  • Hole #11: White Dogwood
  • Hole #12: Golden Bell
  • Hole #13: Azalea
  • Hole #14: Chinese Fir
  • Hole #15: Firethorn
  • Hole #16: Redbud
  • Hole #17: Nandina
  • Hole #18: Holly

The Berckmans family home was renovated at great expense, and made into the Augusta National Clubhouse.


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