Opened in 2018, the Masters golf shop is a dreamland for golf collectors. Hundreds of shelves and racks of merchandise. More than 60 registers and 100 clerks.
The selection online isn’t too shabby, either. (And the wait there is as long as it takes to navigate over to the Masters website’s “shop” tab, or the time it takes to type in ebay.com and search for “Augusta National Golf Club.”)
Though the Masters is postponed due to the coronavirus, there are plenty of unique items for sale. Below are 18, along with six items we wish we could buy:
9 Masters items you can buy from the Masters website:
A black-and-white photograph of Jimmy Demaret and Ben Hogan sharing a glass of milk in 1940 in the Augusta National Clubhouse. Demaret won titles in 1940, 1947 and 1950, becoming the tournament’s first three-time winner. Hogan won in 1951 and 1953.
The iconic photograph of Hogan and Arnold Palmer waiting on the second hole during the third round of the 1966 Masters while smoking cigarettes. It’s the first time they played with each other in competition.
A poster from the yearbook cover in 1934, the first year of the tournament.
A poster from the yearbook cover in 1935, the second year of the event.
A calendar of the 12th hole. Complete with the Ben Hogan Bridge, Rae’s Creek and azaleas.
A photo of the par-3 sixth hole. The flowers, the trees and all of the green.
A print of the par-5 13th. The last hole of Amen Corner and site of so many Masters memories.
The Masters Annual. The book includes a recap of the tournament and photos. And, of course, a green cover.
“In Full Bloom: Augusta National Golf Club in Photographs.” The 12 x 9.5 coffee table book contains color photos of Magnolia Lane, the clubhouse and the course.
9 Masters items you can buy from eBay:
“The Story of the Augusta National Golf Club.” The book by Clifford Roberts includes autographs from Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Nick Faldo, among others.
6 Masters items you wish you could buy:
Calamity Jane. Few clubs are as synonymous with their owners as Calamity Jane is with Augusta National co-founder Bob Jones. The rusting, beat-up putter helped Jones win his first three majors.
An original sketch of the first hole by Augusta National design Alister MacKenzie. It took MacKenzie just 76 working days to build his masterpiece.
A first day cover mailed from Augusta National Golf Club, this one to Bob Solensten.
The ball Gene Sarazen used to make a double-eagle 2 at the 1935 Masters. The “shot heard ’round the world” helped him overcome a three-shot deficit, and he won the tournament the next day in a playoff.
An item showing that Ben Hogan won the 1952 long drive contest. The par-3 contest would begin in 1960.
A 1975 first-aid kit. The gifts Augusta National has bestowed upon its members and other supporters at Masters past have ranged from practical to pretty to, well, 1975’s unusual offering.
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