The Augusta Syndrome

Do you play golf?  Do you belong to a golf club?  Do you watch The Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA?  If yes to these, do you ever criticize the conditions of the golf course(s) where you play?  If so, does that criticism usually take place shortly after you watch The Masters?

I read an article by Larry Aylward earlier this week in Superintendent Magazine that refers to this phenomenon as “The Augusta Syndrome.”

Some golf course superintendents feel that the television coverage of the Augusta National Golf Club sets them up for a tough time after the tournament.  The superintendent might receive questions such as these after the televising of The Masters each year:

  • Why aren’t our fairways as green as Augusta’s?
  • Why don’t we have greens as fast as Augusta’s?
  • Why don’t we have beautiful azalea shrubs like Augusta’s?

These questions come after golfers watch The Masters. As Aylward says, they see“Augusta National in all its perfection and glory, and then ask the decision makers at the courses they play why the conditions at their courses don’t resemble Augusta’s.”

Many people feel, though, that this is an unfair comparison.  Is it?  Some feel that the course must be over-treating the turf with chemicals and water in order to get such an appearance.  Some say that Augusta National has an unlimited maintenance budget.  On the other hand, some argue that the bentgrass greens and fairways happen to be at their best in early April in Georgia which makes the environmental conditions “perfect” for the turf.  The folks also say that Augusta National gets worked on twice per day in the month leading up to the tournament so that every blade of grass and every shrub you see on television is manicured to perfection.

Augusta National

Regardless of your position on the topic, don’t take it out on your golf course superintendent.  Your superintendent works hard to maximize the potential of your course, while working within a limited budget which includes a more limited staff.  There are a multitude of products available to assist in this maximizing of the golf course turf.  Good superintendents are regularly doing trials with new products to ensure they are maximizing the value of the maintenance budget for their membership.

Great playing conditions aren’t the product of over-managed golf course turf  treated with unlimited chemicals and water. You can actually reduce the amount of chemical fertilizer and water you use to manage a course by adding all-natural and OMRI Certified ReeCourse Golf products to your program AND maintain or improve the quality and color you achieve on the course – and reduce your overall maintenance expense!

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