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The Masters: The Beauty Which Is Augusta National
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Augusta National Golf Club has been described in many ways, from a world treasure to the cathedral of golf, but in many ways it is also a world-class arboretum, which we all get to enjoy, thanks to the Masters.

Each and every year, the world's best join past winners for a display of golf skills, as well as horticultural prowess.

The Masters has a long history of expected decorum by everyone from golfer to caddy, spectators to media.  The purpose of such strict adherence is not only in homage to the game, but the grounds.

Recently I heard Tom Watson asked why practically every other sport is contested in front of wildly cheering fans, but golf is contested with the fans ordered silence.  

His response was epic: "Serenity."  

He was correct!

Even though you will hear cheering and applause intermittently during the event, it will always be reverent to maintain the serenity.

This year, we have heard that spring came early to Augusta, as it did through much of the country, so we will miss some of the colourful flora and fauna we look forward to.  In he event that the reports are true, here is what each hole, named for the surrounding beauty, features.

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