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post #164 of 1228
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Originally Posted by Wansteadimp View Post

 

Other peoples interest in golf goes beyond Tiger. We're going to get enough Tiger over the weekend without wall to wall coverage on Thursday.

 

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?

post #165 of 1228
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Originally Posted by Rick Martin View Post

Found it interesting to see that most of neighborhood immediately bordering the west side of the course is nearly empty when there was so many homes there not too many years ago. Looks like the billionaires at Augusta National gave the homeowners an offer they couldn't refuse. I'm interested to see if any of that land becomes part of the course in the next decade. I guess not - as it would be tragic to dramatically change the course using that land.

 

Per the article below, this land will likely be additional parking/storage.  It also demonstrates the secretive nature that Augusta National operates.

 

 

Augusta National reportedly buying land next to course

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.

Glenn Greenspan, Augusta National's director of communications, confirmed land has been purchased by the club and said it would be used for long-term support of the tournament, such as parking and storage.

"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.

 

http://savannahnow.com/stories/052002/SPTaugusta.shtml

 

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.

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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post

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.

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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.

post #168 of 1228

okay, who has checked the leaderboard aleady......confess

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Yeah obviously

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Of course. What else am I going to do at work?
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Sandy Lyle +5 after two holes? I haven't checked......

 

 

Edit: okay, just checked. He's only +2.

 

But Westwood starts off bad w/ a double on the first hole......ouch.

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Lyle's +2 after 5 holes. Henley's struggling too. These guys gotta capitalize on this morning start. Evidently the course is very vulnerable right now for some low scores.

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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

First round predictions?!?

And what's the status of the chatroom?  Weekend only?  $5 admission again?

I did notice that thesandtrap.com/chat is still live.

If anyone else is on, I've be on there in the afternoon.
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

 

The government can. Eminent domain.

 

lol That won't happen in this case though, wise guy!

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Charl had to play a ball lefty from the wood on the first hole. Made double.
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Originally Posted by jamo View Post

Charl had to play a ball lefty from the wood on the first hole. Made double.

Did he start with a double the year he won it or am I making stuff up?

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Larry Mize old schooling it -1 through 8. Petterson broomsticking it with 3 birdies for a -2 through 6. 

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1st post so go easy please.

 

Tiger is a deserved favourite and will be in the mix come Sunday. I have a small bet on Louis Ossthuizen, but any of Poulter, Rose and Westwood would be greatly appreciated.

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Look at that potato masher that Sandy Lyle is putting with!

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Originally Posted by Alanlinks View Post

1st post so go easy please.

 

Tiger is a deserved favourite and will be in the mix come Sunday. I have a small bet on Louis Ossthuizen, but any of Poulter, Rose and Westwood would be greatly appreciated.

 

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