Friday, April 6, 2012

Vol Fan's Day Out

Early Monday morning, Vol Fan left for Augusta.  He had tickets for the practice round of The Masters Golf Tournament.  Working in the golf industry has afforded Vol Fan many opportunities to see (and work on) some gorgeous golf courses.  But nothing prepared him for the beauty of Augusta National.  He said the beautiful images that you see on television in no way compare to the beauty live.

One of the things that amazed him were the complexity of the greens.  On television, you can see some sloping of the greens.  But in person, you realize just how steep those slopes are.  And on multiple angles.  He said that it is amazing that any ball can land on the green and not just roll off!

The practice rounds are fairly relaxed events with players hitting multiple balls from each tee.  On one particular hole, the players showed off a little.  It was a short Par-3 hole that the fairway is a pond rather than grass.  So after taking their tee shots, they moved forward a few feet to the edge of the pond and teed up.  They attempted to skip the ball across the pond, like kids with rocks, and land on the green.  One player not only got his ball on the green but got a hole-in-one! 

Vol Fan was very pleased to be able to visit The Masters.  Maybe one day in the future, he will be able to do so again.  Next time he will be sure to have his camera flash turned off.  He garnered a dirty look from one player when it flashed during the player's backswing :/ 


Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful! And, oopsie;)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a great opportunity.. I know that VolFan was in 7th heaven being there... When we lived in Jacksonville many years ago, we went to Saltgrass TPC there to one of the major golf tournaments... Great experience.

Great set of pictures...

Snooty Primadona said...

How exciting! I'd love to see that course in person. We've been glued to the TV since the Masters started. It's truly a gorgeous golf course.

How embarrassing for Vol Fan with the camera! Something I would do...

Busy Bee Suz said...

I bet that is really beautiful...and he knows his golf courses too.
I will never, for the life of me, understand the game of golf though. ;)