AUGUSTA, Ga. – Perhaps this is the location of the Masters’ tournament as the annual rite of spring or its rich history, which performed again this week for the 85th time. Perhaps this is because this tournament is the only major golf championship to be played on the same golf course every year, leading to a relaxed familiarity. But the Masters stands in the midst of sporting events – for its colorful grounds, for its gentle mix of old and new champions, and for generations of families renewing traditions on site. It is a rare athletic field that is in the news for only four days in a year, but then it is probably its ultimate attraction.
Augusta National Golf Course was built on a former nursery, which contributes to its parkland aura, especially when the property was cultivated for several decades. While watching television, it is difficult to understand how the topography affects the competition and fans are happy to participate as the mountainous areas naturally form viewing areas such as amphitheaters. It also enhances the challenge for golfers, who cross a complex filled with internal challenges, from a 175-foot drop (the famous old-style clubhouse) from the property’s highest point to the lowest point (diabolical, small par) 3 12 green).
The golf hole is housed in 100-foot tall pine trees, flowering dogwoods and hundreds of thriving Ajamish bushes. Add the magnificent white sand of Augusta National Golf Club’s bunkers and its manicured green fairways, and the setting has become one of the most distinctive and recognizable venues in American sports. – Bill pennington