Those Famous Bridges at Augusta National Golf Course

Named in honor of golf legends: Where are they on course?

Soren Kjeldsen, Jimmy Walker and Anirban Lahiri cross the Hogan Bridge at Augusta Naitonal
Golfers crossing the Hogan Bridge during a Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Viewers of The Masters hear plenty of references during the tournament to bridges on the golf course that have been dedicated to famous golfers. Where are these bridges, and to whom are they dedicated?

The 3 Famous Bridges of Augusta National

There are three famous bridges at Augusta National Golf Club dedicated to golfers: the Hogan Bridge, the Nelson Bridge and the Sarazen Bridge. Click on the name of the bridge for a photo, the text of the plaque that accompanies each bridge, and more details about each:

  • Hogan Bridge: Dedicated to Ben Hogan on April 2, 1958. The Hogan Bridge crosses Rae's Creek, taking golfers to the No. 12 green.
  • Nelson Bridge: Dedicated to Byron Nelson on April 2, 1958. The Nelson Bridge crosses Rae's Creek, taking golfers from the No. 13 tee to the No. 13 fairway.
  • Sarazen Bridge: The first bridge at Augusta named for a player, the Sarazen Bridge was dedicated to Gene Sarazen on April 6, 1955. It crosses a small body of water fronting the No. 15 green.

As you can see, all three bridges were dedicated within a three-year period in the 1950s, the Sarazen Bridge first in 1955. The idea to dedicate a bridge came about because 1955 was the 20th anniversary of Sarazen's famous double-eagle and eventual playoff victory in the 1935 Masters.

Over the years, additional architectural elements at Augusta National have been dedicated to some of The Masters' best-known champions. See Augusta National Landmarks for more.

By the way, not every golfer is thrilled about these dedications - or at least about not receiving such an honor themselves. For example, Jimmy Demaret, the tournament's first 3-time champion, once jokingly (we think) complained, "Hey, I won three times and I never got an outhouse."

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