Chris Cupit

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Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:01:31 am »
A buddy sent this to me.  I have no idea if it is real or a hoax.



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Rick Shefchik

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Re: Ike's Tree? Could be a hoax
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 02:07:44 am »
I hope it's not a hoax, and I hope the storm took out quite a few more trees. Trees have very little to do with what makes Augusta National a great course, and Ike's tree is example #1.

Of course, they'll just rebuild it. Nature is powerless against Augusta National.
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Dan Herrmann

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Re: Ike's Tree? Could be a hoax
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 02:09:03 am »
Google shows the following in their cache:  "Golf's most famous pine tree will have a lot less bark when the Masters Tournament arrives in less than two months. The Eisenhower Tree, which guards the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, suffered major damage in the storm that brought nearly an ..."

However, the source article at The Augusta Chronicle is gone now.

Chris Cupit

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Re: Ike's Tree? Could be a hoax
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 02:09:06 am »
Ah.  Thnaks for the confirmation.  I am no fan of trees on golf courses in general but that is kind of a shame.  It will be hard to replace that one!

Chris Cupit

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Re: Ike's Tree? Could be a hoax
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 02:11:14 am »
That one tree wasn't so bad--it was the forest of new pines added in the last fifteen years that is horrible.  Today's seventeen would have meant no Jack Nicklaus birdie in 1986 and maybe no Greg Norman birdie an hour or so later.

Anyway, if the storm could have taken out trees I could have thought of 100 others on that course I would have picked.

jeffwarne

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Re: Ike's Tree? Could be a hoax
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 02:13:30 am »
Looks like a much needed trim.
Not perfect, but better

Jim_Kennedy

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 02:30:05 am »
If true, I wouldn't be surprised if it looks just like this again by Masters week.




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jim_lewis

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 03:44:11 am »
The pine just beyond the Eisenhower Tree was planted a decade or so ago, presumably in anticipation that they would eventually lose the old tree. It has grown up quite a bit, and in time, will require a longer carry.

I, for one, will be glad when the tree is gone. I have always thought that Ike was right when he suggested eliminating it. 17 is now one of the worst holes on the course, and the tree does more harm than good.
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Bill Gayne

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2014, 04:13:53 am »
It really is ok, no need to start a collection to save Augusta National Golf Club.

Brad Klein

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2014, 04:24:04 am »
Maybe they can rent out the space for a cellphone tower that is designed to look like a 65-foot tall loblolly pine.

Joe Hancock

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2014, 04:27:01 am »
Maybe they can rent out the space for a cellphone tower that is designed to look like a 65-foot tall loblolly pine.

They would likely cap the service to 8 minutes per hour.

Joe

Matthew Rose

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2014, 04:28:58 am »
Call the USGA, they'll have a spruce up there by tomorrow morning.
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Chris Cupit

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2014, 04:30:00 am »
I think I just read that there is another large loblolly off site that may be a replacement for Ike's tree.

Joe Hancock

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2014, 04:30:55 am »
Call the USGA, they'll have a spruce up there by tomorrow morning.

The USGA? At ANGC? Whatever for?

Matthew Rose

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2014, 04:42:45 am »
Call the USGA, they'll have a spruce up there by tomorrow morning.

The USGA? At ANGC? Whatever for?

They seem to be quite adept at making trees grow very quickly :)

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Mike_Young

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2014, 04:46:03 am »
IF...and I say IF they replace it, will they move it up the fairway a few yards?  The tree they planted further up the fairway is still not ready?
if never happened.

Brad Klein

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2014, 04:54:52 am »
Mike, the tree they planted up the fairway is also gone.

Mike_Young

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2014, 05:01:43 am »
Brad,
You think they will move the new one forward?
if never happened.

Dan Herrmann

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2014, 05:02:50 am »
^^^
Good news

Rob_Kimball

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2014, 05:22:41 am »
Wow. This will be big news in the golf world. Thanks Chris for posting this

Terry Lavin

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2014, 05:30:36 am »
I think that I shall never see a stupider press release than one about a fallen pine tree.
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Tim_Cronin

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2014, 05:57:58 am »
I think that I shall never see a stupider press release than one about a fallen pine tree.

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Morgan Clawson

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Re: Ike's Tree--pretty much a goner!
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2014, 06:28:10 am »
My understanding is Ike's tree had practically no impact on a professional's drive.

So, it really only impacts the every day player. I thought it was quite imposing when I saw it.

The Ike's tree story is great, and it had a good run of 50+ years.

But it would be silly to replace it since it wouldn't be Ike's tree anymore.

This is a good opportunity to do something more interesting with the hole.

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