It's Masters Week in Augusta: The ultimate dream of all golfers, pro or amateur, is to visit Augusta National for the Masters Tournament in April. Most of us, if we're very lucky, get to spend just one day at the Masters Tournament. There's nowhere on earth quite like it - the course, the characters or the atmosphere. Better yet, if you have time, you can spend some time in and around Augusta and maybe play one or more of the local golf courses.
What you see here is THE iconic image of Augusta National - The 13th green at Amen Corner. Yes, it really is one of the most stunning views in all of golf.
The grass is greener here than you can possibly imagine, the greens themselves are like the finest of carpets, the players - great names that are already a part of golfing legend - are friendly, upbeat and accessible.
On a beautiful spring day when the azaleas are in full bloom, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the occasion. In years past I've attended some 12 British Open Championships - I saw Watson make that incredible 7 iron shot to the 18th green at Turnberry to beat Nicklaus by one shot. I followed Greg Norman around that same course - 1977 - he was just a kid back then, but amazing just the same. I watched Jack win at St. Andrews, Sevy at Royal Lythem and St. Annes - all incredible experiences, but none came even close to the amazing experience that is Augusta National and the Masters.
We'll give you a glimpse of what it's like - the incredible vistas, the characters and the crowds.
Rory McIlroy Plays From The Tee on the 13th hole at Amen Corner
This photo shows Rory McIlroy as he plays from the tee on the 13th hole at Amen Corner of Augusta National Golf Course during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament.
Rory McIlroy Plays His Approach Shot to the 13th Green at Amen Corner
This photo shows Rory McIlroy as he plays a pitch shot into the 13th Green at Amen Corner during the practice rounds for the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta national Golf Club.
The 12th at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
Almost as iconic as the famed 13th, the 12th is claimed by many to be the toughest par 3 in golf. Tough or not, it's a stunning picture.
Tiger Woods Walking to the 12th Green at Amen Corner
This image shows Tiger Woods walking to the 12th green at Amen Corner on the last day of play of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy Plays the Par Three 12th hole at Amen Corner
This is a photograph of Rory McIlroy as he plays from the tee to the par three 12th green at Amen Corner during the third round of play in the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
Another View of The 12th at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
The 12th at Amen Corner seen from a slightly different angle.
The 9th Green at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
The view of the 9th green as seen from the 10th fairway
Tiger Woods on the 10th at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
No collection of images of The Masters would be complete without at least one image of the master himself, and believe me, they are not easy to get. Here he is walking up the 10th fairway.
The 10th Fairway at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
Can anything be more beautiful than this? The view down the 10th fairway to the green.
Another View of The 10th fairway at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Champion
Another View of The 10th fairway at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
The Par 3 16th Hole at Augusta During Play at the Masters Tournament
This is the view have at the height of play from behind and to the left of the tee at the Par 3 16th Hole at Augusta During Play at the Masters Tournament. The next image shows a close-up view of the 16th green.
The 16th at Augusta National - The Masters Golf Championship
On the 16th green at Augusta National Golf Course - The Masters
The Pose - The Masters Golf Championship
I happened to notice these two caddies talking together as they waited for the pro to putt. I thought it funny - hope you do too.
The Butler Cabin - Augusta National Golf Course - The Masters Golf Championship
We've all seen the inside of the Butler Cabin (those interviews of past and present champions) but rarely do the show the exterior. Here it is. More Masters Photographs>>>