You've seen the green jackets. You've heard of Amen Corner. Maybe you've spotted the Hogan Bridge. But have you even tried a pimento cheese sandwich yet? Read on to learn some useful trivia about the tradition unlike any other.
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Augusta is celebrity central
The city lays claim to some serious star power … and ex-Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (far right). James Brown (left) technically was born in Barnwell, S.C., but his family moved from the Palmetto State to Augusta when he was very young, and that’s where the singer got his start. It’s also where one of his several memorial services was held in 2006. And don’t be fooled by the Hulkster’s WWE bio, which often claims he’s from “Venice Beach, California.” Hogan was born in Augusta, brother! Whatcha gonna do?!
Augusta National isn't all about the green
The fairways are green. The greens are, well, green. The jacket is green and, yes, the winner will see a lot of green. But the course was built on the site of a several-hundred-acre plant nursery, and each hole has become associated with a different kind of colorful flora. Thanks to blooms like the famed azalea, it’s not all some monotonous blur … unless you’re talking about the famed Iggy Azalea, in which case, yes, it’s all a monotonous blur.
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Eisenhower tree: Once legend, now lumber
Named after the former U.S. president -- himself a member of Augusta National who advocated for its destruction because he kept hitting it -- this legendary loblolly on the 17th hole saw a lot of history in its time. Infamously, it was the site of a major injury to Tiger Woods in 2011. But ultimately, neither the most powerful man in the free world nor the one-time best golfer on the planet was responsible for its removal. It took an ice storm in early 2014 to bring it down.
Pimento cheese is also known as 'the caviar of the South'
OK, so that isn't technically Augusta-specific information, but the course sells these sandwiches for $1.50 each, which -- considering pure bang for the buck -- is clearly the best concession-stand deal of all time. Cheese plus mayonnaise? What's not to love?
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With the jacket come rules -- even for the champ
The iconic green jacket is allowed to leave the premises of Augusta National, but only with the current champion, and only during the first year of the player's win. Oh, and just because you won the jacket doesn't mean you become an Augusta National member. You can't 'apply' for it -- you just have to wait for an invitation -- and membership costs are reported to run in the tens of thousands of dollars. Good luck!