This past Sunday was one of those magical moments that I dreamed would come true one day. I have lived in the Augusta area all my life and had never stepped through those magical gates leading into the prestigious Augusta National golf course. I had seen the world-famous golf course on TV and in pictures but I had never actually been inside the Augusta National until this past Sunday. What made this day even more special was that my first time inside the Augusta National was also my Taterbug and my sister’s first time as well. I have to admit my eyes started to have happy tears when I was holding Taylor’s hand to walk up to and through those world famous gates into the prestigious Augusta National. It was a feeling that I will never forget. I heard another patron say welcome to Disney World for Adults and he was 100% correct. While we were there for the Drive Chip and Putt Finals, we only had limited access to the golf course. Having only limited access to certain areas of the course, means that seeing inside the Augusta National is still on my bucket list…..it is only halfway checked off.
Now I have to be honest, I am not a huge golf fan but there is just something magical and special about the Masters tournament in Augusta. The Masters is the one golf tournament that I will sit and watch on TV…..which is what I have to do because I have never had tickets for practice rounds or the actual tournament. One Day……One Day I will obtain tickets, but for now I am thankful for having the chance to see part of the Augusta National.
Seeing the excitement in Taylor’s eyes was priceless. He was so excited to get to go to and watch the Drive Chip and Putt championship, that he had told us the day before that he need to go to bed early and get a goodnight sleep because he had a big day tomorrow. He was correct we did have a big and exciting day ahead of us.
Once he watched some of the kids that were competing in the Drive Chip and Putt finals, he started to pretend that he was playing golf. He is definitely my little sports fanatic.
I knew that there were some “must get” or should I say “must eat” when going to the Augusta National and that is the famous pimento cheese sandwiches and the egg salad sandwiches……..and of course we cannot forget the famous plastic cups with the Masters Logo on it. You cannot beat $1.50 for a sandwich and $1.50 for a sweet tea. One of the best Pimento Cheese sandwiches you will ever eat. I added some Carmel Popcorn as well and it was delicious! Another must is a visit to the Pro Shop to get those Masters memorabilia with the famous Masters logo on it.
All in all it was a day full of priceless memories and an experience I will never forget.
“In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference” ~Anonymous~
“Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what your experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” ~Bruce Crampton~
“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots-but you have to play the ball where it lies.” ~Bobby Jones~