Saturday, April 08, 2006
We returned from The Masters last night and let me say it was beyond our expectations. This was by far the most beautiful golf course that we have ever seen. Augusta National certainly lives up to the hype.
We arrived early Tuesday morning and the first golfer we saw was Sergio Garcia on the 5th fairway. We moved over to the 4th tee and sat there and watched four groups come through, including Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Then we followed Mike Weir for a couple of holes and moved over to the 17th to see Tiger Woods tee off and then to 15th to see Phil Mickelson on the green. That really sums up the day...going from hole to hole to see the stars.
We did spend considerable time at Amen Corner and that was fabulous. The history and significance of those three holes was not lost on us. While we were there we saw Gary Player hit one of the nicest (and closest to the hole) shots on 12. That was something special that I will never forget.
We walked every hole but number 2. One thing that surprised us is how much "up and down" there is on the course. The elevation changes are amazing, and television does not do it justice. The undulations on the greens are phenomenal as well.
It is also, by far, the most nicely manicured course we have ever seen. I guess we shouldn't have expected anything less.
Since we got home, we have been glued to the TV watching the coverage. It is almost surreal seeing it and talking about it. Being there just makes it that much more interesting to watch.
To see what we experienced, here are our photos.
Would we go back? Yes, in a heartbeat!
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