served as an editor at Golf magazine, where he coordinated the magazine's major championship coverage. He presently contributes to GolfObserver.com and has his own web site, davidhbarrett.com, that is part of TheAPosition.com. A graduate of Haverford College, he has covered twenty-six Masters tournaments. The author of four previous books on golf.. Contested the second weekend in April each year since 1934, The Masters is the world's most prestigious golf tournament. It's the most-watched tournament on television, tickets are in such demand that even the waiting list is closed, and players value the title above all others. The origin and early years of the Masters make for a fascinating story. In The Making of the Masters, award-winning golf writer David Barrett focuses his attention on how the Masters was conceived, how it got off the ground in 1934, and how it fully established itself in 1935. The key figure in the tournament's creation and ultimate success was Bobby Jones, who was a living legend after winning the Grand Slam in 1930 and immediately retiring at the age of 28. He went on to found Augusta National and sought a high-profile tournament for his new course. But nearly as important was Clifford Roberts, a banker friend of Jones who not only embraced Jones' vision but became his right-hand man in working to bring that vision to reality. In The Making of the Masters Barrett explores Jones and Roberts built the Masters from scratch to the point where it quickly became a golf institution, embellished by the often surprising details of what that entailed as they were trying to establish a golf club and golf tournament in tough economic times. It also vividly chronicles the events of the 1934 and 1935 Masters, with Gene Sarazen's spectacular victory in 1935 providing the climax. Set against the backdrop of golf, and America, in the 1930s, the book provides an interesting, informative, and entertaining read for fans of the Masters and students of golf history.
Excellent Book Bought this as a christmas present for my dad and he absolutley loved it. Service was first rate as normal
Making the Masters Yes, I'm happing with the book but have read so much about the Masters that it's a bit repetitive but I wanted it for my collection.
Five Stars Great book!!
Five Stars well written. it's hard to believe that Augusta National all most went bankrupt.
Good read Great
Stroke of Genius My rating is skewed since I love sports; I've been blessed to attend the Masters nearly a dozen or more times (mostly practice rounds, but a few regular rounds). I'm buying at least three more copies to give as gifts. So I hope if you decide to read this book, you enjoy it as much as I did. P.S. I also recommend the movies "A Stroke of Genius" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played".
I've known a lot about the history of the tournament and have been fortunate enough to attend the tournament many times but this A very interesting and informative book about the beginning and the struggles "The Masters" had before becoming the sports icon it is today. It was also interesting to read about the men that made it happened. I've known a lot about the history of the tournament and have been fortunate enough to attend the tournament many times but this was information about the early years that I didn't know. I enjoyed it.
Very Interesting. This book was very interesting because it told the real story of Augusta National. A story that almost no one knows. Not an easy beginning. It drags on a bit while telling about all the players in the first Masters. But that's OK. It is still a fun book.
Repeats Too many stats, not enough good stories, on the modern pros!
The Making of the Masters A detailed look at the beginning of the Masters, with wonderful detail to the struggles of starting the tournament during the depression. Anyone interested in the history of golf and the Masters will really enjoy ready the accounts.
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