About six months ago, local drivers noticed a big change to Magnolia Lane, the beautiful main entrance to Augusta National.
All of a sudden, there were these very noticeable waist-high black posts, otherwise known as bollards, lining the entrance of probably the most famous driveway in all of sports.
Apparently, these bollards are retractable posts that are controlled by the security guards at Augusta National. The posts were installed to better protect the private golf club and its international members.
Well, there is a rumor going around town that these bollards had a less than beneficial start.
After the bollards were installed this summer, the rumor is a well-known local member of the private golf club was driving his luxury car through the front gates of Augusta National down Magnolia Lane and there was an accident that occurred.
Now, there is no public record of this rumored accident that the Insider can find, but, as we all know, what happens behind the gates of Augusta National usually stays behind its gates, especially when it involves the private club’s members and/or staff.
But the rumor is that when this particular well-known, local member of the golf club began driving down Magnolia Lane past the bollards, all of a sudden these concrete posts were mistakenly raised and they caused severe damage to the member’s luxury car.
Some people have even implied that it nearly split the car in half, but the Insider is not totally buying that tale.
The story is that the employees on security duty at the gate were immediately shown the door and Augusta National quickly took care of the damages.
If this event actually occurred, it is certain that Augusta National has taken every precaution to make sure something like that won’t ever happen again.
When it comes to security, they know their stuff.
But similar rising bollards have been known to do some serious damage in other areas of the world.
Less than two years ago, a British couple sued the town of Darlington in northeast England because they claimed their car was destroyed by an automatic rising bollard, according to The Daily Mail.
According to the newspaper, a 34-year-old mother-of-two needed hospital treatment after her BMW was hit from underneath by a bollard in Darlington, County Durham.
The BMW reportedly had to be written off by the couple’s insurance company after the device destroyed the car’s engine.
A judge ruled in favor of the couple after they submitted evidence that the bollard rose at an improper time.
As a result, the couple was awarded compensation and costs relating to the accident. They also demanded the city remove the bollards.
“I’m pleased we’ve been successful and that we’ve won but I’m angry with the council for having something in place that’s so dangerous,” the mother told The Daily Mail, warning the city needed to properly inform drivers about the dangers of the bollards. “It’s not safe and they need to do something about it.”
Of course, the Augusta National is not some small town in northeast England.
Far from it.
The private golf club knows all about security and maintaining the safety of its members.
There shouldn’t be any problems with the golf club’s bollards.
Instead, the only complaint Augusta National will probably receive is patrons griping that the new bollards are ruining their perfect view down Magnolia Lane.