The renowned golf club has spent over $40 million over the past few years to purchase homes in a nearby neighborhood to create a free parking lot for crowds at the Masters, but one couple, Herman and Elizabeth Thacker, refuses to sell their house, despite being offered over $1 million for the property.
Over the years, Augusta National Golf Club has spent over $40 million to purchase homes in a local neighborhood and bulldoze them to create a free parking lot for the crowds that gather for the Masters for one week out of the year, but one elderly couple is refusing to sell, Fox Sports reported.
According to Trulia.com, homes in the area are worth an average of $241,105, so when Augusta National first began to offer figures upwards of $500,000 to home owners and then increased those offers to over $1 million, it was difficult for most of the locals to turn the golf club down, Fox Sports reported.
Herman and Elizabeth Thacker, a couple who built a three-bedroom brick home in the area in 1959, are the sole couple left in the neighborhood, and they refuse to budge. The Thackers told NJ.com that no amount of money will uproot them from the home where they raised their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Fox Sports reported.
“We really don’t want to go,” Elizabeth Thacker said.
“Money ain’t everything,” Herman Thacker said.
The Thackers are not opposed to golf. Their grandson, a 32-year-old golfer named Scott Brown, is currently ranked No. 46 on the PGA Tour and is attempting to qualify for the Masters. Herman Thacker used to take his children and grandchildren to the Masters for that one special week of the year. Whenever anyone from Augusta National comes by offering millions for the final house of the neighborhood Augusta National turned into a parking lot, the Thackers still invite them in inside, Fox Sports reported.
But the Thackers’ answer to any offers remains a firm “no.” That’s how it has always been, and it seems like that’s how it always will be as long as the Thackers are still alive. As Herman Thacker said, there are still some things money cannot buy, Fox Sports reported.