Hi guys, HistoryShots is a new supporter of the site and they're offering Masters prints just in time for the tournament, read more about them below.
The Art of Change at Augusta National Golf Club
Other than the Old Course at St. Andrews, Augusta National is probably the most written about golf course on the planet. Discussion about the course hit a fever pitch from 1999 to 2006, when it was significantly lengthened and narrowed in response to equipment changes and Tiger's 18 under par victory in 1997. Those changes were indeed big, but not new, as the course has undergone continuous modification since hosting its first Masters Tournament in 1934.
The challenge for Bill Younker of HistoryShots was to capture that change visually on a single sheet of paper, in a way that told the story and that could serve as a unique and interesting piece of art for display in golfers' offices, studies or family rooms. The result is a graphic that visually conveys more than 100 of the most important changes to the course since 1934, such as moving tees back, planting trees, relocating bunkers and redesigning greens.
The print has two sections. At the top is a visual side-by-side comparison of each hole for 1934 and 2013, with each major change identified for the hole.
One early change was moving No. 10 green back on a hill in 1937 because of water accumulation on the original green which was placed in a low saddle. The second shot, previously a short down-hill pitch, became a challenging long iron.
Below the hole comparisons is a timeline that maps tee, fairway and green area changes year-by-year. This section provides a sweeping overview of the number and type of changes over the history of the course.
"Augusta" was originally published as a poster in 2012. HistoryShots revised it this year to create a piece that has the appearance and textured quality of a vintage map. The new version also added a stretched canvas version of the print, providing a more affordable option to framing.
Each graphic is printed individually using vivid, archival inks on heavy weight, textured, museum grade, cold press natural paper.
HistoryShots work is based on merging art and information design. It's a unique art form, maybe not for everyone. But if you love golf and the Masters, it provides the opportunity to hang something on your wall that reflects your personal interest - and if you live in the north - gets you thinking spring.
"Augusta" can be purchased at HistoryShots' site at http://www.historyshots.com/augusta/.