The first thing you notice is the amusement park feel as you walk down a small road between the gift shop and main concessions. Then, when you get to the end if the road, there is a massive green carpet that stretches down the hill along the 18th fairway.
My family and I were able to follow Tiger Woods as he played the back 9. But the most fun is on the 16th hole that is a short par 3 that plays entirely over water. The players took their tee shots and then the fans in the gallery stared yelling “Skip” encouraging the players to try to skip the ball over the water onto the green. When the players make it over the crowd erupts with cheers that could match any during the tournament days.
The beauty of the course is something you can’t find anywhere else. The grass is groomed to perfection and flowers cover the holes in a colorful backdrop.
When you are there, you can really appreciate the talent of some of the players because you really see how long and how accurate each shot has to be. Each spot on the greens and fairways are different and you have to know where the ball is going to roll on hit each shot.
After the round yesterday, him and his coach stayed on the range till 8:30 last night to get his swing right. After a while the sun didn’t let you see the ball after a few hundred yards of being hit, but he knew what he had to do to get back in it.
It will be interesting to see what he will end up doing in the final rounds of the Masters. If he makes his way to the top of the leaderboard it will be a very impressive story.
(all pictures were taken by David Bridge)