Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The Masters; Golf course or Garden?
The Saint and I (Skeeter) have lived in the Augusta, Georgia area for 8 years this month. We have never seen, much less set foot on the famous Augusta National Golf course until this past Monday. Tickets to the event are very difficult to get. As locals, we were able to apply in a lottery of sorts and we were lucky enough to acquire a couple of tickets!
Not many people get the privilege to drive down Magnolia lane to the front doors of the Club house. Magnolia lane is lined on both sides by beautiful old Magnolia trees that have been around for many years! I can only imagine the feeling inside of people such as Tiger Woods as they drive down this beautiful lane...
Not being invited to play in the tournament, we did not walk nor drive down Magnolia lane. Instead we wound our way down a pathway that gave peeks of the course through the beautiful blooming azaleas. Soon we were on the course.
So here we are, the Saint and I posing in front of a beautiful grouping of azaleas. I must say the azaleas were my favorites on the course. But what are azaleas without colors of white or green? Such colors come from dogwood and magnolia trees.
The white of the dogwood trees and the green of the grass made the azalea colors really pop. I love this picture even though a sleeping (dead looking) tree is amongst the grouping. It was an overcast day so with no sun, the pictures are not as vibrant.
The azaleas around town have been blooming much earlier then they are supposed to, and I was shocked to see the same on the course. I have heard rumors that the grounds keepers have ways of keeping the bloom time on track for final tournament day being this Sunday. But apparently the stories of underground water temp controls, ice packed below each bush, etc are not true. The azaleas are at their peak blooming as of two days ago. Look at the pink blooms laying on the ground. (below)
Look at the Orange azalea! I have never seen one this color before. Have any of you? The color caught my eye and I made a bee-line across the course to check them out.
Enlarge this close up shot to see the yellow colors within. I am not sure if this is an azalea but it appears to be. It has an awesome bloom.
What an idea, orange and pink working together.
Here you see two different types of Japanese maples nestled between a Magnolia and Azaleas.
Enlarge this shot below to see 3 maples total in the far off view. I find it interesting how they placed 3 different types of Japanese maples in a grouping. One is light red, one is deep red while the third one is green. How clever!
How many different colors of azaleas do you see?
Here is one of the cottages along the course. Not sure who stays in these but look at the next picture below to see the view from the porches.
What do y'all think? Could you handle waking up to that view each morning? I think so!
In this shot below of the Par 3 course, you can see Wisteria climbing up tree's. It has past its prime and is starting to fade it's purple color. Maybe if you enlarge the picture, the Wisteria will be more easily seen.
Rolling hills of green with the spring colors in the back ground. Is this place a golf course or a garden? I only wish it had been a sunny day to really capture the beauty better through pictures.
This really is a golf course. See the white sand traps (bunkers) below the garden?
I like this shot at the left. It shows the Masters yellow flag (pin) on a green with the bunkers behind as well as the beautiful spring colors. See how the white frames the azaleas...
What would a walk through the Masters be without a picture of Amen Corner? (Below) Dubbed so by a Sports Illustrated writer. Notice that when you enlarge this picture that the azaleas are not blooming. Mystery for me.
Azaleas are the dominant blooming flower on the course, but there are other things that I will share with you another time...
Hope you have enjoyed your little stroll through the Masters. I worked up a hunger so there I sit indulging in one of the world famous Pimento Cheese sandwiches at the end of a long walk! Hey, a Southern tradition and a must for Masters visitors around the globe!
If you would like to see more of the course, tune in to the final day of the tournament on Sunday. Yeah, I know who cares about golf right, well don't tune in to watch the golf but to enjoy the scenery instead. I know we do each year!