The upgrades never stop around Augusta National Golf Club, and one of the club’s most historic and iconic landmarks will be getting a facelift before the private club opens to its members in October.
The Eisenhower Cabin, which was commissioned and built in 1953 for the newly-sworn in President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. Eisenhower became a member of the club in the 1940s, but once elected president, the cabin was updated to handle the space and security needed to protect a sitting president.
Plans titled “ANGC – Cabin Expansion” were filed with the Augusta Planning and Development Department, according to The Augusta Chronicle‘s John Boyette.
An ANGC spokesman confirmed to the Chronicle that a renovation to update the cabin’s infrastructure while preserving its historical nature was underway and would be completed by October’s opening date.
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Aside from infrastructure improvements, 15 holly trees and 61 azaleas will be planted on the cabin’s east side.
One of 10 cabins on the property, the Eisenhower Cabin is the most visible and recognizable. Situated near the 10th tee and putting green, Eisenhower visited Augusta National 45 times — five times before his election, 29 times as president and 11 times after his two-terms were completed — staying in the cabin that bears his name each time.
The cabin is distinguishable from the other nine on property by the Presidential seal that hangs above the front porch as well as its size; the three-floor cabin also had a basement that was used as the Secret Service’s headquarters during Ike’s visits.
Other notable Augusta National Eisenhower staples include Ike’s Pond, a fishing pond Eisenhower requested, as well as the Eisenhower Tree that used to stand on the left side of the 17th fairway before it was removed following an ice storm in 2014.