Get Ready for the U.S. Open!

Olympic Club The United States Open Championship (U.S. Open) begins soon (June 11th-17th, to be exact) and will be held at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course in San Francisco, California this year. Hole In One International is anxiously awaiting to see which one of the amazing 156 worldwide golfers will go home with the renowned trophy this year.  Be sure to tune in to NBC or ESPN to watch the excitement for yourself — this isn’t an event you’ll want to miss!

Did you know that the first ever U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island?  The 36-hole competition played in the span of one day and consisted of ten professionals and one amateur.  The winner was 21-year-old Horace Rawlins from England, who had arrived in the United States in January that year to take up a position at the host club.  His earnings consisted of $150 cash out of a prize fund of $335, plus a $50 gold medal.  His club acquired the Open Championship Cup trophy, which was presented by the USGA.

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Augusta National: Home of The Masters!

MastersBridgeAugustaIt’s that time again already… can you believe it?  That’s right – The 2012 Masters began this week!  Augusta National, which has been the home of The Masters for 78 years now, is full of interesting facts that you’ve likely never known about!  Continue reading to find out more about this beautiful, renown golf course.

  1. There are several types of sandwiches sold at The Masters, but did you know that the pimento cheese sandwich is the most famous?  It’s a Masters tradition!
  2. The infamous “Big Oak Tree” is on the golf course side of the Clubhouse and was planted during the 1850’s.
  3. Available for amateurs wishing to be housed there during the Masters Tournament, the Crow’s Nest provides living space for up to five individuals.
  4. Augusta National will play at approximately 7.435 yards during The Masters this year.
  5. The Clubhouse at Augusta National was originally constructed in 1854 as a private residence — wow!  Could you imagine living there?
  6. Looking to take some snapshots?  Unfortunately, any type of camera is prohibited unless it’s during the practice rounds of The Masters.
  7. Augusta National has approximately 300 members at any given time and membership is by invitation-only.
  8. There are several cabins scattered throughout Augusta National, one of which is named Eisenhower Cabin.  This is due to the fact that it was built for the President and First Lady so that they’d have a place to stay during their trips to Augusta National.
  9. Augusta National accepted its first African-American member in the year 1990.
  10. Unlike most other golf courses in the U.S., Augusta National has never been rated!  During the 1990 Masters Tournament, it was given an unofficial rating of 76.2 by USGA raters.

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