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The best course in the world - Augusta National

It's iconic, mysterious, and exclusive and could be the work of a God!

Posted Sep 23, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

12th hole at Augusta National

I thought I’d mix up today’s blog and focus on a different form of legend from the golfing world for you. We’ve spoken about the likes of Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus, but today I’d like to look at the most legendary course outside of the British Isles.
Yep, you’ve probably guessed, I’m writing about Augusta National in Georgia in the United States. It’s the home of the Masters. It’s the most prestigious and exclusive club in the world with just 300 members at any given time. It costs a staggering $10,000 (approximately) a year to be a member. It is the club of choice for some of the wealthiest people in the world including Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and former CEO of American Express, James D. Robinson III.
Saying that, however, Augusta has this aura that I can’t put my finger on. I watch the Masters every year on TV and wish that, once, just once, I could hack my way round it. Unfortunately, that’s probably never going to happen, as the fairways would never be the same afterwards! But we can all dream.
It appears shrouded in mystery. It appears that we see it for four days a year and then it disappears off the radar. It’s an enigma. That’s if a golf course can be such a thing.
So all we can do is admire, from a distance, its lush green grass, its perfectly formed woodland, and its clear ponds and creek. The little things that come together and make Augusta a picture perfect location to play golf. If heaven had a golf course, I’d imagine it’d look like this.
Designed in part by the great Bobby Jones, this magnificent course is architecturally brilliant. Using manmade features to enhance those that naturally abound the 18 holes, Augusta just can’t be beaten. Apart from by St. Andrews maybe, but that’s for historical reasons more than aesthetical reasons.
Eisenhower Cabin, built for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower after his election, and the iconic Hogan Bridge, connecting the fairway and green at the 12th and dedicated to Ben Hogan following his then course record score of 274, are just two of it’s incredible features that have been added over the years.
Oh and don’t forget Amen Corner where some of the most memorable and iconic stories from this fabulous competition have occurred over the years.
To me, Augusta will always be the pinnacle of golf course design. It keeps getting tougher for the professionals each year and this only makes the game more interesting to us armchair viewers.
If I had to choose one course to play and then give up the game I would choose Augusta National. I believe it would fulfill my golfing dreams. Maybe that is the only place where I will get to play it….

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