Few sporting events have the history and mystique of The Masters. While the epic duels and thrilling finishes are part of the reason, perhaps more responsible is the event’s location–Augusta National. The course has been host to the tournament every years since 1934, and each hole has has taken on a life of its own. As the world’s best get set tee off at Augusta on April 7, the golf world’s attention will be once again be turned toward the course and the surrounding city.
Nearly every hole at Augusta is steeped in history, but perhaps the most well known piece of the course is the 11th, 12th and 13th holes – more commonly referred to as Amen Corner. The three hole stretch has often determined who will be leaving with the green jacket and has been home to some of the most memorable shots in Masters history. In 1937, it was golf legend Byron Nelson that conquered Amen Corner, going birdie-eagle on the 12th and 13th on his way to the win.
But there are more than just famous holes to this piece of golf lore. The picturesque course is home to some iconic features as well – none more famous than Magnolia Lane. The main driveway from the road to the clubhouse, the street is lined with 61 beautiful magnolia trees more than 150 years old.
For fans heading to Augusta, the area is rife with activity outside of the tournament as well. The nightlife in the city is especially diverse and features something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for an upscale dance club, Vue is one of the most well-respected venues in the Augusta area and holds Masters-themed events all week long. Those looking to catch some early-season baseball action should head over to Somewhere in Augusta – a sports bar with plenty of televisions to satisfy even the most ravenous fan.
Not interested in a night out? No problem. There are plenty of other attractions as well. The old First Baptist Church is like a window into history with its austere Corinthian columns and is the perfect stop for those looking to take in some impressive architecture. Perhaps you’re just looking for a place to unwind after a day on the course? Augusta Common may be one of the city’s best hidden treasures, as the 2-and-a-half acre park offers beautiful views and relaxing scenery.