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Jack and Arnie were given membership status

Invitees can play as much as they like during the invite timeline

Former champs can play but then not allowed guest except at following Sunday prior to Masters win year removed

Many members invite tour pros and their friends to play quite often ( example tour pro Chris Riley has played there 3x this year with Tiger and 2 members)

Frowned upon for even members to play too much ... so be careful

 

Right, like some of the other crazy exclusive golf clubs (for example Robert Trent Jones and Caves Valley in my area), ANGC cannot be your primary club. I believe you have to have at least one membership to another club (and I assume it needs to be a prestige club) that is intended to be your primary club. My understanding is that even Knox, a local, does not use ANGC as him primary club (makes me wonder where his primary is).

 

Probably Augusta Country Club next door.

Knox is also a member at Peachtree Golf Club. Another very exclusive club.
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If I remember correctly (always a big question), I think it was Tom Watson shortly after he won, tried to bring a group on and was mildly rebuked. It seemed like they have some privileges, but not like a full member?

 

Its been a long time so my memory could certainly be off.

 

Shank, I think this story relates to one of the British Open courses; something like the evening after Watson won the Open on that course (and after a few drinks) he showed up with some other pros (Weiskopf and others?) and tried to play the course. He and the others were escorted off the course as they were not members. Can’t remember which course, though.

Hard time believing these guys wouldn’t know the protocol to play a private course ... plus hard time believing a private course would escort an Open winner to any where aside the 1st tee

 

From Golf.com:

 

 

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