Date: March 28, 2012

Masters Blog: Georgia on my mind

By Hamish Jones, Much has been written about Augusta National Golf Club over the decades and as someone put it well recently it’s one of two courses, the other being the Old Course at St Andrews, where the course and its presence is almost as big as the Major on offer. It is, to use the often repeated phrase, hallowed ground. After listening to people who ve visited it before many times, some who ve even been fortunate enough to have played it, I ve got a picture of the golf course in my mind. What that actually looks like in the flesh is what I m looking forward to. I m told of wide open spaces almost a national park feel in parts of the course. I m told of a green oasis surrounded by an unspectacular main road and neon signs. I m told of the smell of the azaleas and the procession of mowers sometimes ten wide across the fairways in the early mornings and late evenings. And then there s the thrill of seeing Jack and Arnold hit the first tee shot as honorary starters and the family fun of the Par 3 contest. It’s that type of place; the type of place where I haven t started on the golf yet. On Tiger s form, on Rory s unfinished business, on Jason and Adam s desire to finish one spot above last year. On Phil, on Luke, on Keegan, on Charl&aposs defence. I m looking forward to it.