Posted February 19, 2014

Tree Time: Famous Trees Golfers Love…and Some They Don’t


The demise of Augusta National’s Eisenhower Tree got us thinking about golf’s other famous trees. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, golf just wouldn’t be the same without these eight trees.

Augusta National

Augusta National / Getty Images

1. The Big Oak Tree outside the clubhouse at Augusta National is over 150 years old and perhaps golf’s most famous gathering spot.

2. In 1993, The New York Times marked the death of what Dan Jenkins once called “the greatest tree in golf,” the big elm on the 10th green at Winged Foot’s East Course.

Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay / Associated Press

3. Vandals tried to chop down the iconic Lone Fir at Chambers Bay in 2008, but the course was able to place metal braces on the damaged side to stabilize it.

4. A tree near the elevated tee on the first hole at Cypress Point earned the nickname “Joe DiMaggio” as it got a reputation for “catching everything.”

Lon Hinkle

Lon Hinkle (James Drake / Sports Illustrated)

5. The Lon Hinkle Tree at Inverness was planted overnight by the USGA mid-way through the 1979 U.S. Open to block a shortcut on the par-5 8th hole Hinkle discovered in the opening round.

6. Bogey Tree at Riviera used to throw shade over Humphrey Bogart, one of the club’s most famous members, as he watched the L.A. Opens of way back when.

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood / Getty Images

7. Speaking of bogeys, a tree snagged Lee Westwood’s drive on the 5th hole of the final round the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, costing him a shot at his first major title.

8. Oak Hill, site of the 2013 PGA Championship won by Jason Dufner, has a “Hill of Fame” along its 13th hole on which trees are named for Hall-of-Fame golfers.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.

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Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker

Hole No. 18 at Riviera used to have a pair of famous pine trees, until the owner of the club decided to illegally chop them down. They weren't dead. As it happens, the trees were endangered/threatened trees in the state of California. California DTSC is currently investigating the matter. The owner turned the two trees into a table. 


Tree(s) at Olympic Club CC have swallowed some golf balls during tournaments...


If I recall correctly: The massive tree(oak?) at the first tee of The Old Course at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA (which is  country's oldest first tee still in continuous use) was taken out by the derecho in 2012. 


All the trees at Oakmont Country Club which were cut down prior to the 2007 U.S. Open to change it back to the way it used to be.

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