AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's bad enough that Augusta National had to remove the famous Eisenhower Tree from the 17th fairway because of damage from an ice storm.
That might have been the hardest decision, but the easiest to execute.
The loss of Ike's tree led to other changes that the club felt needed to be made. And this is a major that spares no expense at trying to do everything just right.
Augusta National had already mailed out some 2,000 media guides, with a glossy cover, color photos and 420 pages of information.
A week or so after the tree came down, the club sent the media guide back to the printer to update the mention on page 28 of the tree. Everything was changed to past tense, and it mentioned how it was taken down in February 2014 after an historic ice storm.
The club didn't stop there.
It removed all the calendars on sale in the merchandise shop because they had photos of the Eisenhower Tree, redoing the calendars with a different image of the 17th hole. It also changed the yardage books and spectator guides that are on sale this week to reflect that the tree is no more.
And the daily pairing sheets? Those have a course guide on the back, and the template was changed to show the 17th hole without the tree.