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What do you have to do to be a member of Augusta?

What do you have to do to be a member of Augusta?

What do you have to do to be a member of Augusta?

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I was extremely fortunate to be invited to play Augusta National. 

My host was the late Wayne Calloway, who was the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.  One of the finest human beings I have ever had the pleasure to meet.  Wayne never thought he would be invited to be a member of Augusta because Georgia is Coke country, and he led the rival company Pepsi.  However, his stature in the business world made it a no-brainer for Wayne to be a member there, and the selection committee obviously knew that.

We stayed in the cabins alongside the 10th fairway and ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the clubhouse.  I must say they have one of the finest wine cellars I have ever seen.

Each morning I would get up early just to walk around the ground close to the clubhouse, and there were already staff out picking up the leaves that had fallen during the night.  The place is immaculate!

Thanks to Coleman McDowell, who did some research for about the membership.  Here is his report.

What do you have to do to be a member of Augusta?

Augusta National is not a club where you apply for membership.

If you have to ask, you’re not welcome. That’s the basic membership policy at Augusta National Golf Club.

Members at Augusta National are usually wealthy, but a more distinction would be that holders of the green jacket are accomplished. Wealth alone doesn’t grant immediate access into one of golf’s most exclusive and secretive clubs. Details about the membership policies leak out from time to time, but for the most part, the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ rule is observed.

When USA Today published a comprehensive list of the members in 2002, it revealed the average age of an Augusta member to be in the early 70s. Notable members include Warren Buffett (CEO of Berkshire Hathaway), Bill Gates (chairman of Microsoft), Roger Goodell (Commissioner of the NFL), Lynn Swann (Hall-of-Fame wide receiver) and Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric).

Augusta announced in 2012 that Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore would become the first two female members in the history of the club. A third female member, Ginni Rometty, was admitted in 2014.

In the 2002 USA Today package, one Augusta member offered some inside information.

The club likes to keep its total number around 300 and fees range from $25,000-$50,000. That’s a bargain compared to rates at other private clubs, which can be well into the six figures. Augusta’s waiting list is about 300, populated by those nominated by current members. Members are allowed up to four guests, and as long as the member is on the property, his guests can play without him. The playing period is a lot less due to the club being closed from mid-May to mid-October for course renovations. A 2006 GOLF Magazine study revealed the average handicap of the club members was 13.2 according to then club president Hootie Johnson. A former Augusta caddie said the number is probably closer to 15.

The best piece of gossip from the Augusta caddie? One member took to walking his dog on the course in the morning, but was told he couldn’t do so because his dog was not a member. He resolved the issue by paying a guest fee for his dog.

So there you have it. A dog is more welcome at Augusta National than you are.

Source: Coleman McDowell   Golf

Pictures: Augusta National

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