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Masters' atmosphere transports visitors to another place and time

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In a world that’s increasingly crass and contentious, and seemingly spinning faster and crazier with each new dawn, the Masters Tournament is a garden sanctuary where time seems to catch its breath.

The gentle grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, among the most hallowed in all of sports, are indescribable to the uninitiated. There’s a peacefulness and calmness that
emanates from the coiffured knolls like water evaporating imperceptibly to the sky.

There’s an attention to detail and a reverence for tradition at the Masters that offers terra firma in today’s downside-up environment. It’s the sort of rare certainty and predictability and civility that steadies the proverbial fiddler on the roof.

No other major athletic event crawls inside the soul this way.

If you’re fortunate enough to have the most coveted ticket in sports, you will no doubt leave the grounds of Augusta National with some of the most coveted souvenirs in sports. If only they could also bottle the ambience to take with you. In maddening traffic, after the latest scandal or tragedy in the news, when others are losing their cool around you – you could take out Eau de Masters and spray it on you. Maybe on them.

Perhaps you can make do. In the absence of such a product, do your best to carry the spirit of the Masters with you – an air of elegance, charm, courtesy, decorum and cultivation. It is so lacking in the world today, yet it can come so naturally, and reproduce without effort.

The best events don’t end when the gate closes, the door shuts or the curtain comes down. They stay with you, become part of you. Nowhere is that more true than at the Masters.

Welcome to another place and time.

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fedex227
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fedex227 03/31/12 - 10:53 pm
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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 04/01/12 - 04:16 am
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I look forward to the Masters

I look forward to the Masters every year and I'm not wven a golf fan.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/01/12 - 05:32 am
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It says... There’s an

It says...

There’s an attention to detail and a reverence for tradition at the Masters that offers terra firma in today’s downside-up environment. It’s the sort of rare certainty and predictability and civility that steadies the proverbial fiddler on the roof.

No other major athletic event crawls inside the soul this way.

You are sooo right...it does reach inside your soul....& there is a peace & satisfaction .....

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justthefacts 04/01/12 - 07:48 am
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Weather looks to be a little

Weather looks to be a little iffy. Hopefully, we will get lucky. Can't wait.

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Riverman1 04/01/12 - 08:20 am
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The greatest sporting event

The greatest sporting event in the world and in the same small town every year. We are sooooo lucky.

specsta
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specsta 04/01/12 - 02:46 pm
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"The gentle grounds of the

"The gentle grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, among the most hallowed in all of sports, are indescribable to the uninitiated. There’s a peacefulness and calmness that emanates from the coiffured knolls like water evaporating imperceptibly to the sky."

Ummm...it's just grass. You guys do realize that, right?

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Jake 04/01/12 - 06:15 pm
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Well specsta, it is more than

Well specsta, it is more than just grass. It is who has trodded on that grass in a very special golf tournament. It is history, tradition and drama. Have you ever been to the "tune-a-mint"? If the "All Mighty" their self has laid a better carpet of grass then I would sure love to see it. The Masters is something very special indeed and it just happens to be played in Augusta. The blight, crime and other negatives that happen to be the focus of this daily paper ends when you present your badge and are able to walk on to this magnificient venue.

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specsta 04/01/12 - 07:42 pm
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Jake, it's a golf course.

Jake, it's a golf course. Sure the grass is beautiful and all - but it is only a golf course. Yes, there have been magnificent golfers who played the course - and made history, but to hold the Augusta National up to the point of a shrine worthy of worship is a bit ridiculous.

I would love to see this course open to the general public year-round. The exclusivity of the Augusta National is reminiscent of something from the Jim Crow days.

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Riverman1 04/01/12 - 07:59 pm
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Specsta, that's kind of like

Specsta, that's kind of like saying Yankee stadium is just grass. Ha, about opening it to the public to play. You are joking, right? The National closes right after the Masters until late October when the members are allowed to play.

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raul 04/01/12 - 09:46 pm
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@specstra. The exclusivity

@specstra. The exclusivity is, in part, what makes it the Masters. If you want non-exclusivity, go bowling.

specsta
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specsta 04/01/12 - 10:42 pm
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If the National was open to

If the National was open to the public, year-round, it would be a major tourist draw and funnel some needed dollars into the local economy. Why should it be a tourist draw one week a year?

Take a look at the Tournament Player's Club in Sawgrass, which is one of the most difficult courses in golf (especially with the 17th hole, the Island Green). It is also a beautiful course that attracts top golfers with the Player's Championship.

It's the 21st century. Maybe it's time for the Augusta National and The Masters to support the local folks that made the tournament and golf course possible. We've come a long way since the days of Horton Smith.

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Little Lamb 04/01/12 - 10:49 pm
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Specsta wrote: If the

Specsta wrote:

If the National was open to the public, year-round, it would be a major tourist draw and funnel some needed dollars into the local economy.

Well, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

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seenitB4 04/02/12 - 06:14 am
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What if they had a

What if they had a monorail---up off the ground...going around the course & grounds....cost could be $50.00 a person....something like Disneyworld.....that way tourists could see but NOT touch or harm the grounds.....yes....money to be made...they need a woman there to help with these ideas......why not me??
I'll be waiting Billy & Billy....call me.

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seenitB4 04/02/12 - 06:20 am
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No joke....this area

No joke....this area (Masters) will be popping in years to come.....ya got money.....put it in that area....business leaders know this..
The new center for Augusta....sorry countyman.....you just have to go where the action is.

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