Critics of Georgia’s new election law are seizing on golf’s Masters Tournament to put heat on executives who belong to the storied home course, but pressuring companies to speak out by targeting their bosses is not easy because membership at Augusta National is a closely held secret.
Calls for a boycott of the tournament, now underway, percolated after Major League Baseball pulled its annual All-Star game out of Atlanta in protest of new voting rules signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp. But the effort soon fizzled, and one reason may be the club’s fierce privacy.
Nestled amid the pastoral pines and azaleas of Georgia, the Augusta National Golf Club, referred to simply as the National by members, works hard to ensure its 300 (or so) members receive the treatment and exclusivity that their power affords. The club, which is perhaps best known for hosting the annual Masters, is shrouded in lore and secrecy. Whether