Augusta National begins clean-up after ice storm
Kevin Faigle via Twitter
Masters Week is less than two months away, and the crews at Augusta National might have a bit of extra work to do to prepare the iconic course for the season's first major. That's because the prominent club – like much of the rest of the South – was coated in ice earlier this week as a huge winter storm wreaked havoc from Louisiana all the way up to New England.
A couple weeks ago, we remember, Augusta National was covered in a picturesque layer of snow. That did no lasting damage, but the same likely can't be said for this ice storm.
The club is cleaning up some minor debris, an Augusta National spokesman told The Augusta Chronicle on Thursday via text. Club officials are still assessing the damage, but they expect to reopen on Friday.
Photos shared on social media showed several limbs down on Magnolia Lane, and the ''Members Only'' sign at Washington Road was knocked off-kilter by the storm. Crew cleaned up the entrance area on Thursday, the newspaper said.
There have been no reports as to whether any of the property's signature trees – like the Eisenhower Tree on the 17th hole or the big oak tree directly behind the clubhouse – suffered any damage.
Here are some photos from Kevin Faigle of WRDW-TV: