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perturbed that he later built Pinehurst to show Bub
what he could have done with Fruitlands. It’s a lovely
story that has little basis in fact. Neither Tillinghast
nor Ross was ever seriously considered for the job as
Bub had known for several years who was going to
collaborate with him on what would become Augusta
National Golf Club.
The architect that Bub wanted was Dr. Alister
Mackenzie, a surgeon who had become a noted golf
architect after being injured in the Boer War. Mackenzie
and Bub had struck an acquaintance by the mid-1920s,
spending long hours discussing golf courses and their
design. Mackenzie and Bub shared a love of Saint
Andrews and Mackenzie’s line sketch of the Old Course
would hang in Bub’s office for the rest of his life.
Mackenzie and O.B. Keeler, golf writer for The Atlanta
Journal, walked together following Bub at the Walker
Cup matches at the Old Course in 1926 and the following year at the British Open in Saint Andrews.
Mackenzie had also given Bub a copy of his slim book
on golf architecture in 1927 that Bub read several times.
In 1929 Bub had played an exhibition at Mackenzie’s
new course, Cypress Point, days before the U.S. Amateur
in which he would inexplicably lose in the rst round.
During that week with no matches to play, he spent
hours talking about golf courses and golf architecture
with Mackenzie. On the Monday following the conclusion of play, Bub played an exhibition to
mark the grand opening of one of
Mackenzie’s nest works,
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Pasatiempo Golf Club. Parenthetically, Bub’s partner in
the exhibition was the great women’s player Marion
Hollins. She would be a frequent golng guest at
Augusta National after its opening.
So, you see, for Bub, there was only one choice to help
him bring the Moses out of the marble and that was
Alister Mackenzie. Only Mackenzie had the eye for natural
beauty and golf strategy that matched Bub’s. In a world
where golf courses could be stern and unforgiving things,
only Mackenzie shared Bub’s desire for a course that could
be played in a variety of ways, safe ways to satisfy the
average player, and challenging ways for the expert.
While much about Augusta National has changed
since its opening days, much of what is truly beautiful
remains and continues to captivate golfers around the
world. Every April, golfers around the world turn their
attention to Augusta National and the Masters
Tournament and realize something that I learned when
I was a 12-year-old boy attending my rst Masters. I
stood on the steps of the Jones Cabin by the 10th tee
very early one morning. As I gazed out over the property awestruck and with tears owing down my cheeks, I
realized that all of this had existed in my grandfather’s
mind before the rst shovel had turned over the rst
dirt. Although he and I would never talk about it to any
length, I could only marvel at the genius of my grandfather who had carved, not a Moses out of marble, but a
masterpiece out of the sandy soil of Fruitlands Nursery.
Robert Tyre Jones IV is a psychologist, corporate speaker, one-time priest
and president of Jonesheirs Inc.
Bobby Jones plays a shot on the eighth hole at
Augusta National with the course under construction.
Augusta National / Getty Images


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