The Owners of the Only House Next to Augusta National Aren’t Interested in the Golf Club’s Millions

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Augusta National has spent the past two decades buying up the property around its borders, purchasing more than 100 properties across 270 acres by offering owners prices that were too good to refuse.

According to, the golf club spent more than $40 million to bulldoze the neighborhood once sat across from Gate 6-A at the Masters—save for one unassuming brick house that no amount of money can buy.

Herman and Elizabeth Thacker built the three-bedroom home at 1112 Stanley Road in 1959. The first time Augusta National approached them about buying the house where they raised their two children, the Thackers flatly refused. Not even seven figures could sway the couple.

“Money ain’t everything,” Herman told in 2016.

It’s a principle that the storied golf club, which turns its back on millions of dollars each year to preserve the authenticity of the Masters Tournament, can

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13 Riverside Village properties sold to bidders, transferred to North Augusta during tax sale | News

Thirteen Riverside Village properties with delinquent taxes were taken to a tax sale last week, with some being bid on by third parties and some being transferred to the North Augusta Forfeited Land Commission.

North Augusta City Administrator Jim Clifford gave an update to City Council on the delinquent properties ahead of the regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.

County taxes were paid on the properties but the city’s Municipal Improvement District fees and penalties were not.

Six of the properties were sold to the highest bidder, including the parcel where the stadium parking deck is built. The highest bidder paid $60,000 for that property.

Five small parcels, which Clifford referred to as “smaller home plots” were sold to a variety of private bidders.

From the sale of the parking deck property plus the smaller parcels, the city collected $77,000. The bidders were not disclosed. 

The remaining seven properties have an

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