Augusta National: The home of the Masters before it was famous

    Augusta National is one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.

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    • 2016 Masters Tournament starts Thursday
    • Jordan Spieth is defending champion

    (CNN)It's one of the most iconic venues in sport but Augusta National Golf Club -- home of the Masters -- hasn't always been a pristine golfer's paradise.

    Founded by legendary golfer Bobby Jones, since 1934 it has served as the location for the year's first major.
      And as the images below show, the land that now plays host to the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy has had a rich and varied history.
      Swipe from left to right to see how this venue has transformed over the years. (Mobile app users can best see it here)
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