LORELAI: Dad, I explained this to Mom and I’ll explain it to you. I’m not sixteen, I don’t live with you anymore, I’ve been making my own decisions, romantic and otherwise, for a long time now and you can play all the golf you want but the subject better be letting chicks into the Augusta Golf Club because my love life is officially off limits.
Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Florida, first opened in 1932. Since 1934, the club has played host to the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four men’s major championships in professional golf, and the only major played each year at the same course. It is considered to be one of the best golf courses in the US.
There was a controversy over the club’s refusal to admit female members to the club. Following the discord, two club members resigned, and pressure on corporate sponsors led the club to broadcast the 2003 and 2004 tournaments without commercials. The controversy was discussed by the International Olympic Committee when re-examining whether golf meets Olympic criteria of a “sport practiced without discrimination with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play”.
The club extended membership to Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore in 2012, so it now has at least two female members. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship began being co-hosted by Augusta National in 2019.