The Cabins of Augusta National

Butler Cabin Augusta National Golf Club
The Butler Cabin is one of the highest-profile cabins on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club due to its involvement in the Masters television coverage. David Cannon / Getty Images

There are 10 cabins on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club that are used by club members and their families as well as guests of club members when visiting the course. Seven of these cabins form a semi-circle east of the 10th fairway and west of the Par 3 course, while The Eisenhower, Butler and Roberts Cabins stand alone.

The Butler Cabin is well-known to television viewers since it serves as the studio for the broadcast team, and the Roberts Cabin is named after co-founder and longtime club chairman Clifford Roberts while the Eisenhower Cabin is named after the U.S. President (and World War II hero) Dwight Eisenhower.

Cabins like these are not overwhelming common at golf clubs, but accommodations of some variety for guests to enjoy private suites for relaxation or rest are a common feature of most facilities — all of which fit into the decadent lifestyle associated with professional golfing.

History of Augusta National

Located in Augusta, Georgia, the Augusta National Golf Club was first opened for play in January of 1933 and founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of the former Fruitland Nursery. Some call the Augusta National Golf Club the most famous golf club in the world for its yearly hosting of the annual Masters Tournament, which is one of the four big championships in professional golf.

The course architecture has been celebrated as one of the most stunning and original designs, winning Golf Digest's 2009 Greatest Course award (out of 100 other courses on the list) and ranking number 10 in Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of the best classic courses in the U.S.

However, not everything about August National Golf Club's history is celebrated — until 1975, the membership requirements of the club prevented African Americans from competing in the Masters Tournament or even playing on the courses of the club itself. It wasn't until Lee Elders played in 1975 that the club was forced to change its membership policies and accept people of color into its ranks.

Also, it wasn't until 2012, with the admittance of Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, that the club allowed females to be members, though females who were family members and guests of members were allowed to play before that, and female players accounted for 15% of games played on the course in 2011.

Additional Lodging

In addition to the 10 cabins located on the grounds for guest accommodations, competitors in the Masters Tournament can also stay in the Crow's Nest Clubhouse, which provides living space for up to five people and features a cupola with windows offering a 360-view of the grounds. 

The Crow's Nest consists of one room with dividers that create four separate bed spaces (three cubicles with one bed and one with two) and a full bathroom with an additional sink. 

The seating area of the Crow's Nest features a game table and plush furniture including a sofa and several chairs, a telephone, and a television as well as bookshelves full of golf books, photographs, and sketches left by Masters and other patrons of the establishment throughout its illustrious life.