Posted by: Rolf | April 2, 2008

Next weekend in Augusta, GA

The surest sign that the new golf season has begun is the annual Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Nothing represents golf more than the Masters. Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend a practice round prior to the Masters Tournament. Most golf fans know Augusta from viewing the televised Masters championship but witnessing Augusta in person is a much different experience than seeing it on television, which cannot capture either the beauty or the treachery of the course. The contours and slopes are far different in person than on the screen.

Unlike the other major golf championships that rotate their courses annually, the Masters is played each year at the same setting, Augusta National Golf Club. Over the years, the course has been modified, but part of the tradition and aura of the event comes from the fact that a sub-culture has been established that is Augusta National. Each year, the second week in April is “Masters Week” in Augusta, Georgia. The players prime their game for Augusta, the fans beg and plead for tickets and the course welcomes a tradition that embodies the game of golf.

Having visited Augusta, I now have set my sights a little higher. Perhaps one day I will get to play the course. The chances are small, but one can always dream.

See you at the first tee…

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