I was extremely fortunate to have been invited to stay and play at Augusta National in 2006. I was a guest of Gary Coull and Tim Mckenna, Gary was the driving force behind CLSA, and Tim was the NY CEO. We played as guests of a member - super nice fellow, sadly cannot recall his name. he was in his early 70's and could shoot his age.
We stayed at The Eisenhower cabin. Lined with pictures of major political events, this was quite the experience. We played the Championship course twice, and the par three as well. Dinner was sensational. I think the room was full of a who's who of corporate America.
Joy and suffering at Augusta in 2018: Sergio finally does it, but Justin missed a key putt on 18.
Here’s some text on where I stayed: The Eisenhower Cabin, built to serve a sitting president and one of the most historical structures on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, is undergoing an extensive restoration.
Plans titled "ANGC - Cabin Expansion" were filed earlier this year with the Augusta Planning and Development Department. An Augusta National spokesman confirmed this week that work began this summer to update the cabin's infrastructure to modern standards while at the same time preserving its historical nature.Cosmetically, 15 holly trees and 61 azaleas are scheduled to be planted on the east side of the cabin. According to the plans, filed by Augusta firm Cranston Engineering Group P.C., less than one acre is affected.The work is expected to be completed by the time the private club opens in October.
The cabin was built for Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, in 1953. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in World War II, joined the club in the late 1940s before the first of his two successful presidential campaigns.After Eisenhower won the 1952 election, the club had to figure out how to handle staff and security for a sitting president's visits to Augusta. A group of Augusta National members bought building certificates for the cabin, and local architecture firm Eve and Stulb was commissioned to do the work.
Augusta National announced plans for the seven-room cabin before the 1953 Masters.The Eisenhower Cabin - some call it Ike's Cabin, others refer to it as Mamie's Cabin - is near the 10th tee and the practice putting green at Augusta National Golf Club. A gold presidential seal hanging over the front porch distinguishes it from the nine other cabins on the grounds.
The white cottage resembles the other cabins on the property but is much bigger than it appears from the outside. It consists of three floors, including a basement that was used by the Secret Service as its headquarters in Augusta.The dining room of the spacious cabin offers views of Ike's Pond and the Par-3 Course. Upstairs, a portrait of Eisenhower's grandson David hangs above the fireplace.
Eisenhower made 45 visits to Augusta National - five before his election, 29 while he was president and 11 after he left office - and his trips were often lengthy. When Eisenhower wasn't in residence, other members used the cabin.While at the club, he would play golf and bridge, and he conducted his business affairs in an office built for him over the club's pro shop.
Although Eisenhower wasn't known for his skills as a golfer, his mark can be found all over Augusta National's grounds.It was he who discovered an ideal spot for a fishing pond, and Ike's Pond was soon built.
And it was Eisenhower who kept hitting into the loblolly pine in the left-center of the 17th fairway. The president wanted to have the tree removed, and in a 1956 club meeting, he proposed that action.The club's chairman, Clifford Roberts, ruled Eisenhower out of order and adjourned the meeting, and the tree was referred to as Ike's Tree until it was taken down following extensive damage from an ice storm in 2014.
and this is about the Famous “Amen Corner” from Wiki:
The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the first two shots at the 13th hole at Augusta are nicknamed "Amen Corner". This term was first used in print by author Herbert Warren Wind in his April 21, 1958, Sports Illustrated article about the Masters that year. In a Golf Digest article in April 1984, 26 years later, Wind told about its origin. He said he wanted a catchy phrase like baseball's "hot-corner" or football's "coffin-corner" to explain where some of the most exciting golf had taken place (the Palmer-Venturi rules issue at twelve, over an embedded ball ruling and how it was handled, in particular). Thus "Amen Corner" was born. He said it came from the title of a jazz record he had heard in the mid-1930s by a group led by Chicago's Mezz Mezzrow, Shouting in that Amen Corner. In a Golf Digestarticle in April 2008, writer Bill Fields added some new updated information about the origin of the name. He wrote that Richard Moore, a golf and jazz historian from South Carolina, tried to purchase a copy of the old Mezzrow 78 RPM disc for an "Amen Corner" exhibit he was putting together for his Golf Museum at Ahmic Lake, Ontario. After extensive research, Moore found that the record never existed. As Moore put it, Wind, himself a jazz buff, must have "unfortunately bogeyed his mind, 26 years later". While at Yale, he was no doubt familiar with, and meant all along, the popular version of the song (with the correct title, "Shoutin' in that Amen Corner" written by Andy Razaf), which was recorded by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, vocal by Mildred Bailey (Brunswick label No. 6655) in 1935. Moore told Fields that, being a great admirer of Wind's work over the years, he was reluctant, for months, to come forth with his discovery that contradicted Wind's memory. Moore's discovery was first reported in Golf Worldmagazine in 2007, before Fields' longer article in Golf Digest in 2008.
In 1958 Arnold Palmer outlasted Ken Venturi to win the tournament with heroic escapes at Amen Corner. Amen Corner also played host to Masters moments such as Byron Nelson's birdie-eagle at 12 and 13 in 1937, and Sam Snead's water save at 12 in 1949 that sparked him to victory. On the flip side of fate, Jordan Spieth's quadruple bogey on 12 during Sunday's final round in 2016 cost him his 2-stroke lead and ultimately the championship.