The Masters at Augusta and Golf in South Carolina
05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017 25 °C
Wednesday, our first Masters experience, was a bit disappointing. We travelled to Augusta National about 9.30 am and managed to get to the practice area and take a few photos before the siren sounded and we were required to evacuate the course. Our tour had a hospitality house nearby so we went there and waited until 12.30 pm when they re-opened the course. By the time we walked back and made our way to "Amen Corner", a part of the course we really wanted to see and photograph, the sirens went again and we had to vacate the course again. But we did get some good photos before we had to leave. An extremely long walk back to the hospitality house and the rest of the day was devoted to drinking and eating.
On Thursday we played golf at the River Golf Club just across the border in North Augusta, South Carolina. Just like at the Masters, it was a very windy day which made golf more difficult than it usually is. But the course was great, even if a little wet, and we played OK, even if the scores didn't show that. Lunch at the club with a few beers, the afternoon watching the Masters on TV, dinner at "Tbone " a sports bar/steakhouse that really rocks during the Masters and serves really big meals, and finally, a couple of post dinner drinks, courtesy of Masters hospitality, all added up to a really great day.
Friday we went to Tournament Day 2 of the Masters. What a great experience. The weather was windy and cold and Sunday will be better as far as that goes. But today we really got to see what a great course and tournament this is. So there are about 40,000 + patrons here on tournament days plus
literally thousands of staff. Everything from merchandise, to food and beverage, to restrooms, to check stands (cloak rooms) are just so efficient. Large lines at times but hardly any waiting. Everything moves so quickly. It is hard to describe and hard to believe. And the staff are so friendly and courteous.
The course is beautiful and you need to be here to understand this. But it is also very challenging for the best golfers in the world, as the scores indicate. We saw some great and not so great golf and we saw all our favourites on the course. It was so good.
No cameras allowed on tournament days so no photos.
On Saturday we travelled to Aiken, South Carolina to play golf at the Reserve Golf Club at Woodside Estate. This is an excellent course in great condition and the club has great facilities and service. I played well but putted badly. Liz won the day (with 36 points). After golf we watched day 3 of the Masters on big screen TV with drinks followed by an a la carte dinner. Another great day.
Sunday, I left for the Masters early (7.00am) to get a good viewing spot for the day while Liz stayed back to do some laundry. The course opens about 7.45am but the first tee time is not until 10.00am. However, thousands arrive before 8.00am to place their chairs in the best spots and I was part of that. Wanted to get a spot at the 18th green but all the good ones were taken by the time I got there. I ended up getting a great spot near the 16th green. Liz arrived at 9.00am and we spent the morning roaming the course and watching what we could. It was very crowded and viewing is sometimes hard work, particularly as the weather was pretty hot. But it was fun. And the Masters organisation makes it as easy as possible. In the afternoon we watched the field come through the 16th. Good watching with the highlight being a hole in one by Matt Kuchar. Amazing.! We couldn't get near the 18th for the final drama so watched it on TV. We were happy to see Sergio Garcia win.
A great day and a great week. It has been worth it.