Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had his nemesis on the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.
He hit into the Loblolly Pine in the left-center of the fairway so often he campaigned to remove it. At a club governors meeting in 1956, Eisenhower proposed cutting it down and club chairman Clifford Roberts promptly ruled him out of order and adjourned the meeting. The pesky pine was dubbed the Eisenhower tree and continued to torment its namesake and countless other players for decades at Augusta National.
A recent ice storm damaged the tree and caused it to be removed, but that act of God came about 60 years too late for the 34th president.
Golfers on the Grand Strand undoubtedly have their own tree of torture – a deeply rooted piece of timber that has ruined a round one too many times – on a course in Horry, Georgetown or Brunswick (N.C.) counties that they’d like to see turned into fairway firewood, and The Sun News wants to know about it.
Tell us about the dastardly tree you want to chop down and the reasons why, and include a picture of the tree if you can. Either comment on this story at myrtlebeachonline.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit gotomyrtlebeach.com/trees or mail your response to Alan Blondin, Golf Writer, The Sun News, P.O. Box 406, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-0406.
Please make sure we have the town or city where you reside, and contact information.
We are compiling the responses for a story that will appear both online and in print this spring.
One entrant will be randomly selected to receive a $100 PGA Tour Superstore gift card.
Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.