The Masters. For any golf fan, the words evoke the immortal greats of the game and their quest for the most prized trophy of all -- the green jacket of Augusta National Golf Club. But behind the legendary links and timeless traditions is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood figures in the history of the Masters and Augusta National: Clifford Roberts, the club's chThe Masters. For any golf fan, the words evoke the immortal greats of the game and their quest for the most prized trophy of all -- the green jacket of Augusta National Golf Club. But behind the legendary links and timeless traditions is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood figures in the history of the Masters and Augusta National: Clifford Roberts, the club's chairman from its founding in 1931 until shortly before his death in 1977. Roberts' meticulous attention to detail, his firm authoritarian hand, and his refusal to settle -- even for perfection -- helped build the Masters into the tournament it is today, and Augusta National into every golfer's idea of heaven on earth. David Owen was granted unprecedented access to the archives and records of Augusta National Golf Club. He has produced an honest and affectionate chronicle of the Masters, from its conception to its modern greatness, and a fascinating portrayal of Clifford Roberts -- whose perseverance and pride forged the Augusta National we know today....
|Title||:||The Making of the Masters: Clifford Roberts, Augusta National, and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament|
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The Making of the Masters: Clifford Roberts, Augusta National, and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament Reviews
I'm not a huge golf fan, but I had the good fortune of attending the 2011 Masters. Knowing little about professional golf other than that the Masters is its signature event, at least in the United States, I wanted to learn more. Readers will quickly appreciate how Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones helped create arguably the best run sporting event in America. Readers will also gain insight into membership, course design and upkeep, integration, television, legal battles President Eisenhower...and the list goes on. Any fan of golf will appreciate this book, as will anyone interested in the history of the Deep South.
This is a good book and perhaps deserves more than the two stars that I have given it. But as I look over the books to which I've given three stars, it just does not compare. All the elements of a good biography were present. But there was something missing from this story, some intangible that I couldn't quite put my finger on.It is the story of Augusta National and, in particular, Clifford Roberts, that enigmatic figure who often stood in Bobby Jones' shadow. This book argues that it is Roberts' genius that made Augusta and the Masters what it is today. Jones is little more than a famous name and he, accordingly, factors in little to this account. The author does a lot of historical error checking and finds that most of the accounts of Roberts have been unfairly negative. I like this tearing down of tired old narratives. One of the challenges it faced head on was the consistent charge that Roberts, Jones and Augusta were racist and intentionally kept black players out of the Masters. They were vindicated on all counts which did not ring wholly true to me. Ultimately I think the book needs to be renamed. This is not the story of the Masters so much as it is the story of Augusta National and the man who made it. I picked up the book expecting to read accounts of the best old players and matches, which were surprisingly lacking. There was not even an account of how the Green Jacket came to be. In the end, it read like a newspaper story, devoid of the prose and feeling that golf stories should carry. In short, A on history, B- on prose.
I really enjoyed this book about one of golf's more enigmatic figures. Knowing that ANGC was invested in the final outcome, I started reading it wondering if Owen would avoid or gloss over many of the issues or other topics concerning the club and the tournament that are labeled as "controversies" by popular sports writers. Rather than skipping altogether or acting as an apologist for these things, Owen raised quite a few of these issues and provided additional context or supporting documentation never before released to provide a more complete view of the story. I admire his effort in painting a picture of Mr. Roberts and his beloved creations-Augusta National and the Masters, and would recommend it to sports fans or those who appreciate the history of golf.
Great book whether you like golf or know nothing about it, and I'm more the latter. This book is extremely well written and ties in the Great Depression, the World Wars, the development of post-war America, the switch-over from black and white to color TV, and so much more, all the while discussing some people who embodied the American dream. It's very engaging from beginning to end and makes me now want to take up golf as a hobby. Highly recommend!
I love Augusta National and the history of the Masters. I think that this book probably comes closest be uncovering the truth about how the Masters became the premier golf tournament. Clifford Roberts is under estimated in the history of golf and how he help set many of the standards that are today taken for granted.
If you want to learn how Augusta National came to be what it is and means today.
Good background on the course, tournament and the men behind it all.