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Meet the brave couple who refuse to sell their house to Augusta National

Discussion in 'Golf, Football, and all Ball sports' started by Scorpio, Apr 7, 2016.



  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    Meet the brave couple who refuse to sell their house to Augusta National

    Sporting News 8 hours ago

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    Meet the family that refuses to sell its home to Augusta National Golf Club — no matter how many millions are offered by the billionaire owners of the Masters tournament.

    Steve Politi, a columnist for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com, has a fantastic profile of Augusta, Ga. residents Herman and Elizabeth Thacker, the senior couple standing up to the rich green jacketed members of the powerful, exclusive private club.

    Augusta National is used to getting its way. It tells the world's top golfers who can play and who can't in the first major tournament of the year. It tells TV powers CBS, ESPN and The Golf Channel how they can and can't cover the tournament. And Masters officials famously threw a hissy fit when women's activist Martha Burk demanded the previously all-male club open its rolls to females.

    But Augusta National can't tell the Thackers what to do, according to Politi. The couple has repeatedly turned down big bucks for the modest, three-bedroom home at 1112 Stanley Road it built in 1959. That's the Thackers' home. As long as they live, the Thackers will continue to welcome their two children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren at their lonely holdout near Gate 6-A.

    Other homeowners in their old neighborhood sold out to Augusta over the past 15 years. Augusta spent $40 million to bulldoze those homes — and turn them into a parking lot. So the Thackers' home is the golf equivalent of the Little House on the Prairie. Via Politi:

    They love it here. And so, when the man representing that powerful golf club came to inquire about buying their home to expand their parking lot, their message was polite but forceful: Thanks, but no thanks. "We really don't want to go," Elizabeth Thacker said. But what about the potential seven-figure payout, the type of offers that dozens of their neighbors not only couldn't refuse but jumped at the opportunity to take right to the bank? "Money ain't everything," Herman Thacker said.

    One of the Thackers' grandchildren is 32-year-old PGA Tour pro Scott Brown. He publicly supported his grandparents on Twitter:

    The couple grimly admitted to Politi that the green jackets will probably get their mitts on the house eventually. And it will be replaced by asphalt like the rest. Until then, it's not for sale. As Politi wrote:

    They'll even invite the man representing Augusta National inside whenever he visits. And make no mistake: He still visits. "He'll come by here every so often and he'll say, 'Just want to let you know we're still interested in your property,' " Herman Thacker said. "And we'll tell him the same thing again." That message: Augusta National's money can't buy everything after all.

    Meanwhile, the 2016 Masters is under way, its echoes reaching the little house at 1112 Stanley Road.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/meet-brave-couple-refuse-sell-111700585.html
     
  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    Why one family keeps turning down millions for their simple house next to Augusta National Golf Club

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    Over the past 15 years, Augusta National Golf Club has bought up much of the land that borders its exclusive grounds.

    Off the northwest corner of the club sits the free parking lot Gate 6-A, a bulldozed stretch of empty land that was once a fully lived-in neighborhood. Augusta spent $40 million to buy the homes, offering the residents price tags that were simply too enticing to turn down.

    One family, however, refuses to sell — even as the offering price continues to rise.

    In a story on NJ.com, Steve Politi tracked down the Thacker family of 1112 Stanley Road, a house flush in the middle of Gate 6-A and the only one that all Augusta's money can't buy.

    Despite regular offers from club officials, who continue to come around the house with million-dollar offers, Herman and Elizabeth Thacker don't want to leave their home.

    "We really don't want to go," Elizabeth Thacker told NJ.com.

    "Money ain't everything," her husband added.

    The house is 1,900 square feet and has three bedrooms. Its estimated value is $355,126, according to real-estate database Zillow.


    The couple built their house in 1959 and watched as their neighborhood — once green and flush with space for backyards and swing sets — vanished into a bulldozed stretch of empty land. Once a year, when the Masters rolls around, their neighborhood fills up with cars.

    They don't mind the crowd, Politi reports. Sometimes a fan will stop by and greet the couple on their porch, complimenting their landscaping or asking for gardening tips.

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    And there have been perks to their location. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of their grandchildren took a real fondness for golf and is now a professional. Scott Brown, 32, is a PGA Tour member, but he has yet to make the Masters.

    The couple knows that the house won't be there forever. Even Herman's brother sold his home, one of the nicest in the town, for a cool $3.6 million. The Thackers owned another property, right across the street, but they sold that one to the golf club for $1.2 million.

    But 1112 Stanley Road, the home in which they raised their two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, won't be bulldozed anytime soon.

    That isn't stopping an official from Augusta to pop by the house every so often, however.

    "He'll come by here every so often and he'll say, 'Just want to let you know we're still interested in your property,'" Herman Thacker said. "And we'll tell him the same thing again."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mast...ghbors-refusing-to-sell-home-2016-4?r=UK&IR=T
     
  3. searcher

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    I think I'd take the money and run.
     
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    Goldhedge Modal Operator/Moderator Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    The Masters is a really good tournament.

    I get the sense they aren't too pushy about it.

    Nothing wrong with asking for the sale.
     
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    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    Those who own the masters are the very same that enslave you

    But as GH states, it is one of the very few where a level of decorum is present
     
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    Foolish to stay, but who really cares, one of the kids will sell it one day. I'd have taken the money and bought a bigger and better place some where else.
     
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    TomD It blowed up, y'all Platinum Bling

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    Nice little sand trap you have here, hate to see anything happen to it----
     
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    I'm guessing if it gets bulldozed, they will find all the bodies that make up the foundation.... :belly laugh::laughing:
     
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    That Ariel view really shows how much water and lawn chemicals that course needs to look so natural for the golfer's pleasure. Feck em.
     
  10. ToBeSelfEvident

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    Why does Augusta want to pay millions of dollars to create a little more free parking? Don't those lots go unused 51 weeks out of the year?
     
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    More money than sense I'd guess...
     
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    The same reason they still sell $1.50 sandwiches and $4 beers. Hell, a weekly pass, if you can get one, is only $395 dollars or something like that. They do whatever the hell they want because they can. They are evil bastards, but they want to put together the best experience possible for their guests, I mean patrons.
     

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