The Masters: A Bathroom Like No Other

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You’ve seen the TV pictures. You’ve downloaded the app. Social media goes nuts and you’re right in amongst it. This is the effect of the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club. 

But how do you get that Green Jacket feeling all year round?  

You redesign your spare bathroom... Amen Corner style. 

Meet Gregg Thomson, a 65-year-old golf nut who lives in Wisconsin. When his kids flew the nest, he decided to do something special.  

Really special. 

“After the kids grew up and moved on, we needed to redecorate their bathroom that we had allowed them to paint in multiple colours,” he tells “The Masters is my favourite US tournament and I had some memorabilia, so I thought, ‘Why not a Masters bathroom?!’” 

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Amazingly, looking at the pictures, not all of it came from the official Masters Shop. There was a little bit of self-made ‘merch’. 

“The only items I bought actually at the Masters were the hat and 2012 flag that I later got Bubba Watson to sign (Watson was the champion that year),” he says. “I’ve only been once, and that was in ‘12 for the Wednesday practice round and the Par-3 Tournament.” 

And the good news for interested golf fans is that it set him back barely $600.  

“Our labour was sweat equity,” he confirms. 

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He had no issues with his better half, either. His wife took charge of the paint job and framed pictures. 

No surprise, it’s a well-used spot for some ‘downtime’ in the Thomson household. 

“Everybody loves it,” he laughs. “Inevitably, it’s the most popular loo in the house. Most people walk in and just say, ‘Oh my God, whoa! This is amazing!” 

Thomson, who also rates courses for Golfweek magazine, is a member of the board at Kenosha Country Club, a Donald Ross design, where he plays off 8.7. He also designed a five-hole par-3 course in his three-acres back yard which he calls The Pond.  

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Although he lives in Somers, Wisconsin, roughly an hour-and-a-half from Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits, he says he would rather live in Scotland.  

But that would mean leaving behind his Amen Corner khazi. 

“It’s hard to imagine selling this house,” he admits. 

Amen to that.

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