A Masterful Way to Welcome Spring

This week is Masters week.  For those of you who play golf, you already know how truly special The Masters is.  For those of you who don’t play golf, if there is one tournament you want to watch on TV during the year, this is the one.

The Masters is widely considered to be the most prestigious of the four major championships in professional golf.  It is the only major to be held at the same venue each year, and the list of champions includes most of the greatest players to have ever played the game.  The history and tradition at The Masters is unlike any other event.  The winner receives the coveted green jacket, which is one of the two most recognized symbols of success in the game (the other being the British Open’s claret jug).

A big part of what makes The Masters so great is the golf course.  Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia, is truly one of the game’s gems.  The course was originally laid-out by perhaps the greatest golf course architect of all time (Dr. Alister Mackenzie) with heavy input from the club’s founder, who also happened to be the greatest amateur golfer to ever play the game (Bobby Jones). Augusta National has every design element you could possibly want.  Length, water, bunkers, trees, risk-and-reward holes, difficulty, and drama are all present there.  The course rewards bold and aggressive play, which makes for wonderful theater.  And it doesn’t hurt that the conditions are perfect.  Every single blade of grass, every beautiful flower, and every piece of pine straw is groomed to perfection.  What more could you want out of a golf course?

Do yourself a favor and watch The Masters on TV this week.  Even if you’re not a golfer, it’s worth your time.  You will never see a more beautiful setting than you will this weekend.