The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia.
Augusta National Golf Course was founded by golf legend Bobby Jones and businessman Clifford Roberts in 1931. Jones was fascinated by the rolling terrain of the former indigo plantation and commercial nursery and used the space to copy holes from his favorite fairways around the world. In 1934 he invited the world’s best golfers to a contest there and the Masters was born.
Today, the Masters is a 72-hole, four-day contest, with three practice rounds prior to the tournament rounds. The Masters history is steeped in tradition. In addition to a huge purse, the winner also receives a lifetime invitation to the tournament, an invitation to every major tournament in the following five years, and the iconic and much coveted green jacket.