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Very well stated...except that this is a non-sequitur. Having Tiger in a featured group does absolutely nothing to harm the minority of fans who want to watch somebody else.
How did the "we'll get plenty of Tiger over the weekend" work out last year?
Per the article below, this land will likely be additional parking/storage. It also demonstrates the secretive nature that Augusta National operates.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Limited liability companies with ties to Augusta National Golf Club have bought about 90 acres surrounding the course, prompting speculation the club plans to expand, a newspaper reported in Sunday's editions.
The Augusta Chronicle said the companies have addresses or post office boxes correlating to Blanchard & Calhoun real estate company -- whose president, Thomas Blanchard Jr., is a National member -- or a law firm the represents the club, which plays host each year to The Masters.
Most of the land has been in neighborhoods west of Berckmans Road, across from Gates 6-10 of the golf course. Twenty-five properties from the area have been sold, and at least 28 other homeowners have been approached about selling, the paper reported.
"Anything we do wouldn't have a negative impact on the community," he told The Chronicle. "We look at it as a positive for the area."
The National swapped land with Augusta Country Club in order to added 285 yards to the course for this year's Masters, and has an option on another 9.32 acres of the country club's property.
Blanchard wouldn't comment on the purchases and said he didn't know whether Augusta National is behind the LLCs.
"If I knew, I wouldn't tell you," he said. "What's on public record is public knowledge. Beyond that, I can't help you."
Most residents in the Berckmans Road neighborhoods have lived there for many years and don't want to sell. But when the older homeowners die, their children or whoever inherits the land probably won't have the same attachment to it.
"I've said all along that they're waiting us out," said 79-year-old Elizabeth Phillips. Selling "is not what I want to do. What I want to do is stay right here. I've raised all my children here."
Charles Wildes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 37 years, hasn't been approached to sell his home but said he expects it to happen soon. Like Phillips, he doesn't want to sell.
"I feel like they ought to go ahead and tell us now, and not wait until after it affects us," he said of the club's plans.
Nobody can "force" you out of your home. If you're offered an amount that you cannot refuse, you can't possibly complain because of a deal you're agreeing to. If you don't want to sell, don't sell. Some of the old-timers from the south have a very odd outlook.
The government can. Eminent domain.
Blanchard and Calhoun is a predominant real estate company in Augusta, and Blanchard probably has enough power in the area to finagle/scheme to get whatever bank/gov't agency to get these people to accept -------kind of like JR Ewing did in the TV show Dallas. Augusta National is like the Vatican of Golf.....and stuff happens behind the scenes are are probably aren't scrupulous.