Who Are The Female Members Of Augusta National?

There are at least seven female members of Augusta National. But who are they and how did they get invited?

Annika Sorenstam, Darla Moore and Condoleezza Rice in their Augusta National green jackets
Annika Sorenstam, Darla Moore and Condoleezza Rice are three of Augusta National's female members
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Augusta National, home of The Masters, rarely talks publicly about its membership, but we do know that there are at least seven female members of Augusta National Golf Club.

The iconic Georgia venue is a very exclusive club that likes to keep things jolly private. In fact actually Augusta National is a private company.

When it comes to club matters, only the chairman is authorised to speak publicly on behalf of the club. The membership list is a secret – who the Augusta members are and even how many of them there are. But some things we do know. One thing is that no-one can apply for membership, as membership is strictly by invitation only. 

Augusta National had an all-male membership from the club's founding back in the 1930s all the way up until 2012. But in 2012 it announced it had admitted it first two women members, saying it was “a proud moment in our club's history.”

These new members were former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore.

Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore in their Masters Green Jackets

Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore

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“We have a number of women members and we have for quite a few years. I think it made us a better club, and they are an integral part of our culture," Augusta chairman Fred Ridley said in 2023.

He was speaking about the news that Annika Sorenstam joined as a member of Augusta National. The ten-time Major champion is the first professional woman golfer to become a member and was seen in her Green Jacket at the 2024 Augusta National Women's Amateur and Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

Annika Sorenstam hands out a trophy at the 2024 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Annika Sorenstam became the first female pro to join in 2023

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“It was a surprise, I must say that,” the 10-time Major winning Swede said. “I was so excited. It was one of the happiest days of my golf life.”

Male professional golfers had already been admitted to the membership. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have both worn the Green Jacket as members, not just as Masters Champions.

Augusta National work with IBM on producing the data for the Masters tournament and the CEO of IBM is typically offered membership.

Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, a 35-handicapper, became the first female CEO of IBM, in 2012 and, in 2014, she was invited to join the club to become Augusta's third female member.

Ginni Rometty speaking at an event

Ginni Rometty, executive chairman of IBM

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The president of the United States Golf Association typically also receives an invitation to join Augusta. Thus it was that Diana Murphy joined the club in 2018 after her two years as USGA President.

USGA president Diana Murphy speaking at a tournament

Former USGA president Diana Murphy

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Murphy became the club's fourth female member. Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley is himself a past president of the USGA.

Ana Botin, executive chairman of Banco Santander and named the eighth most powerful women in the world by Forbes in 2019 – Ginni Rometty was ninth on this list – is another member. She is an eight handicapper and the sister in law of two-time Masters champion Seve Ballesteros, who married her sister Carmen.

Ana Botin and Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Irish Open Pro-Am

Ana Botin and Rory McIlroy at the 2012 Irish Open Pro-Am

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She became the club's first European female member, being joined by Sorenstam in 2023.

There are believed to be around 300 members and Heidi Ueberroth is the seventh female member of Augusta National that we know of.

Her father, Peter, was part of a consortium that included Clint Eastwood and Arnold Palmer that purchased the Pebble Beach Company, owner of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Heidi Ueberroth wearing a face mask at the 2020 Masters

Heidi Ueberroth seen at the 2020 Masters

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She has worked for decades in sports marketing and has served as director of Pebble Beach Co, and since, 2020, has been its co-chairman. 

“Heidi can drive the ball 280 yards and she’s been successful in an industry largely dominated by men,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said about her in an interview with the Sports Business Journal.

Augusta National female members (we know of):

  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Darla Moore
  • Diana Murphy
  • Virginia “Ginni” Rometty
  • Ana Botin
  • Heidi Ueberroth
  • Annika Sorenstam
Roderick Easdale

Contributing Writer Roderick is the author of the critically acclaimed comic golf novel, Summer At Tangents. Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He also compiles the magazine's crossword. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around two dozen countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is also the author of five non-fiction books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.

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