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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)

Augusta's clubhouse was built in 1854 as the home of plantation owner Dennis Redmond.

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The entrance to Fruitland Nurseries became Augusta National's Magnolia Lane.

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Co-founder Bobby Jones tries out in 1932 what is now the 8th hole.

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Augusta's iconic short 16th: The stream was converted into a pond in 1947.

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Cattle and turkeys were raised on Augusta's hallowed turf to assist the war effort in the 1940s.

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Augusta's treacherous 12th hole at the heart of Amen Corner.

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The Eisenhower Cabin was built in 1953. The Par 3 course beyond followed in 1958. As seen in 2015, the cabin is one of Augusta's most famous landmarks.

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