Monday at The Masters in Augusta

At the top of many Bucket Lists is a visit to Augusta National during Masters Week every April. Over the years I have been fortunate to attend both the actual tournament, and many of the early Practice Rounds. Because hotels run for $500 a night and up, I have always found that my car offers excellent sleeping accommodations while parked in well lit hotel lots, allowing for a hardy breakfast while blending in with the morning crowds in the lobby. This year, even the Monday Practice Round was a little steep for these old pockets, but that never stopped me from enjoying Augusta when the Dogwood and Azaleas were in full bloom. A leisurely three hour drive on two lane back roads from my Lake Lure home always allows me to enjoy Springtime in South Carolina. Stately Plantation mansions along these sparsely traveled trails make the drive all the more wonderful…

Arriving in Augusta, my first destination is always a vintage golf course in an area called Forest Hills, just two miles from Augusta National. It was here that golfing Legend Bobby Jones won his first major championship. Jones began his famous 1930 Grand Slam of Golf in 1930 with a win in the Southeastern Open, which was played with two rounds on the Augusta Country Club and two at Forest Hills. The course was designed by Donald Ross, who is recognized as one of history’s most celebrated course architects. Jones would supervise the building of the Masters course five years later, and the rest is history.

The first tee at Forest Hills Golf Course
An original pavillion from the 1930 Southeastern Championship
The Putting Green
The Current Clubhouse
Yours Truly in The Bobby Jones Room in the Clubhouse
Multicolor Azaleas in front of the Clubhouse
Violets along the Entrance Drive

A leisuely stroll around the picturesque avenues of Forest Hills reveals mansions from the twenties and thirties. Brick pavements have survived for almost a century. The landscaping at everty home is a showstopper. Here are just a few…

Tiger Woods teed off at 2:30, and you would have thought it was the final round. Throngs of fans lined every fairway four and five deep, just to get a glimpse of the “Master”.

Tiger strolls off the 9th green after completing his Practice Round (Not my photo)

This one minute video shows the hundreds of acres of parked cars that brought the 50,000 patrons to watch their favorite players up close and personal. Parking is FREE at the Masters, but limited. https://youtu.be/FrcEbWqpIyI

4 thoughts on “Monday at The Masters in Augusta

  1. Wow! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

    On Tue, Apr 5, 2022 at 3:51 PM Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog wrote:

    > Carolina Vann posted: ” At the top of many Bucket Lists is a visit to > Augusta National during Masters Week every April. Over the years I have > been fortunate to attend both the actual tournament, and many of the early > Practice Rounds. Because hotels run for $500 a night and up, ” >

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