Lakemont Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Washington Road and Woodbine, has been purchased by the Augusta National for 1.65 million dollars. The sale was recorded in December. The corner parcel is adjacent to the former San Souci Apartments property insiders say the National is turning into a “Corporate Village”.
The National appears to be expanding their grounds every day. Insiders speculate the end game will be to move Washington Road, aiming it behind all their property towards the river.
(Coming off Calhoun Expressway veering to the right).
Insiders report the National is currently in the process of building a steakhouse on the grounds near the fifth fairway in a copse of trees for members and guests.
Word is the restaurant will be done in time for this year’s tournament, even though it is currently just a hole in the ground.
If there is any doubt the new facilty can be ready by this year’s tournament, keep in mind they destroyed the Eisenhower Cabin, which is a 7,500 square foot building, and 83 days later workers were painting the interior walls. So, yes, they have a lot of money and can get things done quickly.
It is common knowledge the Augusta National has their own hospitality group assisting corporations, members and guests with housing placement.. Word is a few of the local members of the Augusta National are planning on taking over the hospitality business in a big way.
There is plenty of room for building high end executive housing which is what the corporations want.
“The big money wants to kind of own their people they bring,” Insiders say. “You can imagine a ‘Golfland Experience’ where you go to the Augusta National, rent this type of housing from them, get this chef, direct access to the property, VIP treatment, no one else around, that’s what they’re going to do.”