Augusta National Golf Club… Interesting Facts While You Enjoy the Masters
Someone mentioned to me earlier this week that members at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, home of the PGA Master tournament, pay next to nothing in dues. Intrigued, I sought to found out more information on this exclusive golf course that represents American golf history and share it with others.
Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous golf courses in the world and is located in Augusta, Georgia. Since 1934, it has been home to the Masters tournament. Membership is limited to 300 successful and high-achieving individuals who are handpicked. If you ask to join, you can be assured that you will NEVER become a member. It is rumored that Bill Gates voiced his desire to join and was denied membership due to his lack of candor (it appeared that he was “begging”), but Gates was finally initiated as a member in 2002.
Memberships are by invitation only, and often a potential member is not notified in advance and they only receive an invitation to join the club by mail! Typically, memberships become available only when an existing member dies, and it is estimated that the average age of a member is in their 70’s today. The club values secrecy and does not publish a membership list.
There are many interesting stories about this golf club. According to golf.com, one member walked his dog each morning on the golf course which angered other members. What does someone with unlimited wealth do to solve this problem? The golfer simply paid a “guest fee” for his dog to use the course and continued on his morning jaunts.
Unlike most golf courses, Augusta Golf Club is only open seven months of the year to allow for renovations and maintenance. Contrary to public perception, winning the coveted green jacket of the Masters does not automatically allow for a golfer to become a member of the Augusta Golf Club!
In 2012, two women were offered the opportunity to become members at Augusta – the first time in the golf club’s almost 80 year history. Financier Darla Moore and former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice accepted their Augusta club invitations. The first African-American male member was not even admitted until 1990.
The revenue from the Masters tournament is so high, it makes the dues for members relatively low – it is estimated that dues range from $25,000-$50,000. Many lesser golf clubs have fees in the six-figure range. There are some interesting rules to adhere to at Augusta National. Running is strictly forbidden, no cell phones or electronic devices are permitted at the Masters, and there is airport-quality metal detectors according to the Business Insider.
As you watch the Masters this weekend, you can regal your friends and family with these interesting facts and rumors about Augusta National, one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world.
Selling a home can be similar in many ways to a golf tournament. Home owners often spend a lot of time preparing their home and yard before listing it. Sellers may consider the recommendations of real estate agents from friends, family and co-workers, which they will whittle down to one selection. The reason for selling and personal information will be kept confidential by your Realtor (just like Augusta), and you will hope that someone with lots of money will want to “join the club” and purchase your home.
Most importantly, give buyers their privacy just like you would want at Augusta. Ensure that you leave the home during all showings if at all possible. It is uncomfortable and difficult for buyers to view the home when owners are present. Often times, they will rush through the home and not give it the proper attention your home deserves. It is also hard for the buyers to “picture themselves” living in the home when the sellers are present, even while wearing a green Masters jacket.
When selling your home, it is important to keep in mind that you want to appeal to the largest number of buyers possible. You are not just selling a house. You are selling shelter, lifestyle, and dreams. People always want the best for themselves, and your home should represent the buyer’s answer to this goal. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Remember, they arrive at your front door wanting to find the right home. Don’t make them search somewhere else for it. If you have done your homework, every room in your home will create a desire for the buyer to stay. Let your home be as desirable to buyers as a membership to Augusta National is for the wealthy golfers!
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