Augusta National Then & Now
Every spring in April, golf fans have the same week circled in their calendars. The Masters is the first major championship of the year and is regarded by many as the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. Despite being the youngest of all the majors, it has evolved to become one of the most recognizable, as it is the only major to be played at the same venue every year, Augusta National Golf Club. Augusta's original lay out was designed by one of the most famous golf course architects, Alister MacKenzie.
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The next morning, TJ and I were up bright and early. We bid adieu to our flat and made way to the Dublin airport for our short flight to Edinburgh. Landing in Edinburgh, we picked up our rental vehicle and headed to East Lothian to meet up with some friends and for TJ to show me some of the great courses and hotels we use for our groups. After a few hours of touring around, we made a quick lunch stop back in Edinburgh before making our way to our final destination for the next few days, St Andrews. To be honest I was exhausted the whole drive up to St Andrews, I even caught myself nodding off for a few minutes, not the best co-pilot for TJ! Once I noticed we were about 20 minutes out of St Andrews, it’s like I caught my second wind. How could I not be excited?
Are you thinking of a golf adventure that’s a little outside of the proverbial box?
We are often asked by clients who have experienced the typical Scottish or Irish golf getaway to recommend something a little different for their next golf adventure. Look no further than South Africa! This beautiful country not only offers great golf, but also amazing wine, food, and of course incomparable life experiences in their safaris.
Although perhaps not top of mind when it comes to a golf travel destination, South Africa has a very rich golf history, producing great players like Gary Player, Ernie Els, and Bobby Locke. The country hosted the President’s Cup at Fancourt Resort in 2003, the only such competition that ended in a tie when the Tiger Woods-Ernie Els playoff ran out of daylight!
Almost all golf enthusiasts and fanatics have the same dream, to at some point make their way over to Ireland and Scotland and play the game in the purest way, on the sea-side links courses. I had always imagined the day when I would make my way overseas to play links golf and knew it would happen some day, I just didn’t know when. Since starting to work for Golf Away Tours, sending people on their dream golf trips around the world, my fantasy of one day going to Scotland and Ireland has only grown. Finally, a few weeks ago, those dreams became a reality and I made my first trip overseas where I would get to experience links golf and see what I had only seen through my computer or TV screen.