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Eisenhower Tree: Ice storm destroys iconic 'Ike Tree' at Augusta National

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The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even the former President could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole after recent ice storms crippled the tree.

The Eisenhower Tree is no more. The iconic tree, estimated to be 100 to 125 years old, had to be removed over the weekend due to severe damage suffered in the recent ice storm that hit the South.

The tree is one of the most famous landmarks at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, reports The Associated Press on Sunday via the Huffington Post. The Loblolly Pine stood about 65 feet high and was located about 210 yards from the Masters tee in the left center of the fairway.

“The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta’s club chairman Billy Payne said. “We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.”

The tree picked up the Eisenhower nickname after the former President famously asked to have it removed – and was rebuffed by then-chairman Clifford Roberts, who in a meeting ruled Eisenhower “out of order.” The President would constantly hit the tree with his shots, and wanted it taken down.

“We have begun deliberations of the best way to address the future of the 17th hole and pay tribute to this iconic symbol of our history – rest assured, we will do both appropriately,” Payne said.

The tree, which was already being held together by cables, sustained heavy damage in the recent ice storm and had lost most of its branches.