The magic and mystery of Augusta National

The magic and mystery of Augusta National

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The unassuming gate opens to a magnolia-lined lane leading to the white façade of a former plantation home.

Beyond that, a plunging panorama of green velvet, towering trees, ice-white sand and the scent of pine. Explosions of azaleas, magnolias and dogwoods if they are in bloom.

It is Augusta National, home of the Masters, and it is unique.

For the rest of the year Augusta goes about its business as Georgia’s second city. It has a population of almost 200,000 people involved in manufacturing, healthcare, nuclear energy, and the U.S. Army’s signals and cyber command center, Fort Gordon. Plus, it’s where the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, grew up shining shoes.

“Augusta is a vibrant city…



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