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Masters Golf Tournament Theme Song on CBS

Each Spring golf fans watching the CBS Sports’ coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament are been greeted with by the now familiar tune played on acoustic guitar and piano, with a string quartet.

The song “Augusta,” written by Dave Loggins, has served to set the mood for the Masters Golf Tournament telecast since 1982. Loggins was inspired to write the song after visiting Augusta National to watch the Masters Tournament in 1981.

The version played by CBS is an instrumental version, but the song itself does actually have lyrics.

Well, it’s springtime in the valley on Magnolia Lane
It’s the Augusta National and the master of the game
Who’ll wear that green coat on Sunday afternoon?
Who’ll walk the 18th fairway singing this tune?
Augusta, your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Augusta, it’s you that I love
And it’s you that I’ll miss when I’m gone.
It’s Watson, Byron Nelson, Demaret, Player and Snead
It’s Amen Corner and it’s Hogan’s perfect swing
It’s Sarazen’s double eagle at the 15 in ’35
And the spirit of Clifford Roberts that keeps it alive
Augusta, your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Augusta, it’s you that I love
And it’s you that I miss when I’m gone.
It’s the legions of Arnie’s Army and the Golden Bear’s throngs
And the wooden-shafted legend of Bobby Jones.

Loggins is an accomplished song writer whose credits include the hit song “Please Come to Boston” (1974). He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

References & Links

How the Masters Theme Song Came to Be – Deadspin

Dave Loggins – “Augusta” – MySpace

Dave Loggins performing “Augusta” live with vocals – YouTube

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