The Eisenhower, perhaps the most famous loblolly pine in the world, is no more. The landmark tree on Augusta National’s 17th hole was a victim of the winter storms that have struck Georgia these past few weeks. Billy Payne, Chaiman of August National wrote in a prepared statement:
“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept. We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.”
Eisenhower hated that tree because he hit it so often and wanted it removed. At a 1956 Board of Governors meeting, he proposed removing it. Augusta Chairman Clifford Roberts declared the President out of order and ended the meeting. Thus, the ironic name.
It looks like Ike finally got his wish.