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What Makes Augusta Great

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(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

There are so many reasons why The Masters is my favorite sporting event. Sure, the golf course is unmatched, but that only tells part of the story.

Augusta, Georgia will never be confused with one of America’s most beautiful cities, with plenty of run down buildings throughout the heart of its city. I mean no disrespect to Independence Blvd in Charlotte, but Washington Ave in Augusta is very similar, with miles of strip malls.

Then suddenly you turn on to Magnolia Lane and literally enter a new world. Augusta National Golf Club looks spectacular, with green as far as the eye can see.

One of the biggest misnomers about the place is the way you’re treated. Se think the members and staff would be inclined to raise their noses at the fans, due to their societal status. Nothing could be further than the truth. The club goes overboard with its service and positive demeanor. It truly reminds me of being at Disney World.

Then there’s the food. If you have a full meal at a sporting event these days you will easily pay more than $20. Not at The Masters. A sandwich and a beer at Augusta costs as low as $5. And despite the change in pimento cheese recipe, the food is delicious.

Finally, and above all, the commitment by the club to bring the world’s best players together on the best golf course is what truly sets the event apart. When Sunday rolls around and the world’s best are battling it out there’s nothing like it. I wish everyone would try and experience it.

TZ

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