Augusta National Golf Club To Support Community Golf Partnership

In an announcement by Augusta National Chairman, Fred Ridley, he stated that the club will support a multiphase partnership with Augusta Municipal Golf Course

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Speaking on Wednesday, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, Fred Ridley, revealed Augusta National’s intention to support a multiphase partnership with Augusta Municipal Golf Course, also known as “The Patch". Augusta Technical College and The First Tee of Augusta will also be involved and the aim is to strengthen public golf in the community and foster even greater opportunities to play the game and work in the sport.

Linking Augusta Tech’s golf course management and workforce programs at The Patch, with The First Tee’s mission to teach the game and its values to juniors and community members of all backgrounds, the initiative will expand available pathways to welcome those interested in the sport and provide a best-in-class, affordable public golf experience for the Augusta community. It is the first partnership between these neighboring facilities.

Augusta National will assist in the planning and execution of this vision to complement their efforts, identify efficiencies and support the partnership’s success, with Ridley stating: “This initiative offers a unique opportunity to contribute to two areas of utmost importance to Augusta National’s mission, our community and golf development."

Ridley with the winners of the Augusta National Drive, Chip And Putt Championship

Ridley with the winners of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National 

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He went on to add: “While in its early stages, this partnership can help produce the next generation of golf’s workforce and make the game more accessible and inviting to the youth and residents throughout the community. I commend Augusta Technical College, The Patch, The First Tee of Augusta and all leaders involved in this project, and we look forward to supporting their partnership and this exciting new chapter for public golf here in our city.”

Building on Augusta Tech’s current efforts with the City of Augusta to assume operation of The Patch by 2025, Augusta Tech will relocate its golf course management program to The Patch, instilling formal educational programs in a living classroom environment and providing a sustainable public golf facility for the enjoyment of the community. 

The announcement was made during Chairman Ridley’s annual press conference at the 2023 Masters Tournament, where representatives of The Patch, Augusta Tech, The First Tee, the City of Augusta and the State of Georgia were in attendance to mark the announcement.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x