Crow’s Nest: The Masters Tradition for Amateurs
It’s officially Masters Week where all eyes will be on Augusta National. This 27-hole American landmark is filled with rich tradition. There is one tradition however that stands above the rest. Literally. With this look inside Augusta’s Crow’s Nest you will get a virtual tour of a hidden room atop the clubhouse.
This secret space is a 30-foot by 40-foot room wedged on the second floor of the legendary clubhouse underneath the chimneys. The amateurs participating in the tournament are invited to stay in the Crow’s Nest as part of their first experience. In fact, many of them do to be part of a longstanding and highly valued tradition.
The Crow’s Nest can sleep up to five people. Technically, it is one large room with partitions. These provide a separate space for single beds. The walls are decorated with framed photographs representing historical Masters moments. It is not a coincidence that the carpet inside Augusta’s Crow’s Nest is green. The space very much resembles a clubhouse lounge with a modern touch. For example, it is equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
From Amateurs to Pros
This year, each of the seven amateurs in the tournament will stay a night in the Crow’s Nest. Ben Crenshaw describes it as a “little dormitory.” Crenshaw stayed there in 1972, and won the Masters in 1984 and 1995. Other greats who have stayed in the Crow’s Nest include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Mark O’Meara.
More recently, Bryson DeChambeau highlighted his Masters experience saying, “Being up in the Crow’s Nest was one of the best experiences,” the LA Times reported.
As the 2023 Masters tees off, it will again be, as Jim Nantz coined, “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.” Both on the course and in the Crow’s Nest.
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