Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club, as ex­clu­sive as it is pres­ti­gious

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - FOREWARD -

I’ve heard so much about the club’s rep­u­ta­tion as an in­sti­tu­tion of golf, the leg­endary his­tory, the much val­ued tra­di­tions, and along with the fa­mous golf holes, are what make Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club what it is, a much sto­ried es­tab­lish­ment that has not changed very much in the face of the cur­rent eco­nomic dis­rup­tion as well as tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs.

Au­gusta Na­tional was one of those places I had put down as never hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to visit. It was way up on top the likes of fly­ing on the Con­corde, tee­ing off a he­li­pad and find­ing out the truth about the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle. So when I was of­fered a very pleas­ant in­vite to at­tend the Masters at Au­gusta Na­tional this year, I had to go over the email more than a few times to make sure it wasn’t some sort of mind-read­ing spam and then, I had to mask my ex­cite­ment in my re­ply email with­out scream­ing in full cap­i­tals, “YES!! OF COURSE I’D LOVE TO GO!”

It was an un­for­get­table time for one like me who has played golf for well over a decade, to set foot on hal­lowed golf­ing grounds where the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Jor­dan Speith and many oth­ers have be­fore. And did I men­tion that I got to meet and chat with John Sol­heim, Ping’s Chair­man and CEO, shake the hands and had a pho­to­graph taken with golf­ing leg­ends Jack Nick­laus and Tom Wat­son! The ic­ing on the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was to have Carin Koch, an LPGA and Ladies Euro­pean Tour Pro as well as the cap­tain of the Euro­pean Team for the 2015 Sol­heim Cup, take us on a tour around Au­gusta.

I truly hope that Au­gusta Na­tional re­tains and re­mains a pil­lar of tra­di­tion for the many fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of pa­trons and golfers to come.

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