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Augusta dazzles golf spectators’ senses

If you saw television coverage of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, you saw how the beauty of the course shone through. To walk on that vibrant green grass is another story.

On the morning of my arrival, the smell of the fresh-cut grass filled the Georgia air. Walking past the concessions, one could smell an aroma of barbeque sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and my favorite: egg salad sandwiches.

The course was filled with patrons milling around: women in summer dresses and men sporting golf attire, as if they were Masters participants.

Each tournament day at Augusta National Golf Club is magical, but the most important day is championship Sunday.

The Masters is the Super Bowl of golf, that all golfers aspire to win.

This is the day Bubba Watson, the victor, was presented the prestigious Green Jacket, representing a lifetime membership to the Augusta National Golf Club.

Championship Sunday started for me with a drive down Magnolia Lane. Looking down the path, I could see the mammoth white clubhouse.

In front of the clubhouse is a bed of flowers shaped in the Masters symbol. When you first walk in the clubhouse, there is a grand staircase that guides members upstairs to the dining area.

Beyond the staircase is a wall with photos of previous Masters champions.

The most recent addition was Adam Scott, his two arms extended over his head celebrating his victory.

The next room is the formal room. This is the smallest clubhouse, but it is the most beautiful and pristine clubhouse I have ever seen.

Once you walk out of the clubhouse you enter the golf grounds.

In the member’s area, there are outdoor patio chairs and tables spread out in the area adjacent to the clubhouse.

There is a bar area that serves the most amazing drink, an Azalea. It is the beverage of the Masters, made with vodka, lemonade and grenadine topped with a cherry and an orange slice as garnish.

On the outdoor tables members order salads and shrimp cocktails. Every now and then you will see a hardy Masters burger.

The golf course begins just beyond the member’s area.

Directly in front of the media/clubhouse area is the 18th green. Hole number nine curves around on the left side of the 18th green, while hole number one curves around the right side.

The course is a hilly one, rising and falling in harmony with the golf holes.

The grounds alternate between beautiful bright green grass and light brown pine needles.

Once you get close to the green, it is impossible to stand near the ropes, due to the amount of chairs laid out and people crowding around.

The most beautiful place on the course is Amen Corner, which refers to holes 11–13.

You are able to see the putting area for holes 11 and 12 from the stands. You can also witness the 12th and 13th hole tee box as the golfers head back to the clubhouse.

Rae’s Creek separates the fairway and the 12th green, and the Hogan Bridge allows the golfers to cross Rae’s Creek to reach the green.

Hogan Bridge was dedicated to Ben Hogan, who was a professional golfer from 1930–1971, in 1958 to acknowledge his 274- stroke record five years before. This bridge is one of the trademarks of Augusta National.

Behind the green are beautiful azaleas and tall Georgia pine trees, with sandy beach white bunkers.

The entire course is a truly beautiful sight, and the visitors who witness it are the real winners of the Masters tournament.

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