Prepare to have your fantasies curdled just a smidge.
If you’re a golfer, Augusta National is the promised land. It’s what golf dreams are made of, and if you were to ask a group of golfers where they’d most like play, it likely – along with The Old Course at St. Andrews – tops the list.
I don’t have dreams myself to play the track, because the greens are so difficult that I’d be afraid that sucking would ruin the illusion. Local journalist Tim Campbell was one of a handful of press covering the Masters to win the annual post-tournament lottery and be allowed to play the course (in tournament condition) the Monday after the Masters. He shot in the 70s – the dream.
I’m not really interested in watching the Masters live on-site either, because I found out at the 2007 President’s Cup matches in Montreal that golf is not a watch-it-in-person experience. It’s pretty much impossible to see anything.
Over the course of two days, I was able to watch the greats at the time (including Phil and Tiger) hit a few shots, but it involved hours of waiting, jockeying for position, standing on a stump in a flooded forest at one point to see (from the waist up) Tiger and Mike Weir putt on the Sunday 17th, and the 18th from up in a tree along the edge of the fairway.
My brothers and I also got into a short conversation with President George HW Bush (that he initiated) which made the Secret Service very twitchy, and Barbara roll her eyes at his gregariousness…but that’s for another blog.
My dream regarding Augusta National – if I were ever to attend The Masters, the only way mere mortals can see it in person – is to simply see the course itself with my own eyes. And the pristine, dreamlike condition of the course in general.
Nothing looks more perfect than Augusta National the week of The Masters, and of course we never see it at any other time. That’s probably a good thing, because Augusta National never looks better than it does during that week in April, and it’s not even open – due to the Georgia heat – between May and September.
In the off-season, it looks like a completely different course. An unidentified guy took a drone up to shoot video, and the footage he took is remarkable.
In this thumbnail…you’re looking down the 10 fairway on the left, and dead centre is the 18th fairway with the famous fairway bunkers (purple) and the green-side bunker at the bottom centre.
More muni than magnificent (but the greens still look perfect).
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