The Masters 2011: A Tour of Augusta National

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The Masters 2011: A Tour of Augusta National
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It might be one of the most well known courses on earth, but a relatively small number of people have actually walked its property.

One of the main reasons Augusta National Golf Club is so well known is because it hosts one of the four major golf championships every year.

In that way, the Masters is unique amongst the four biggest tournaments. Unlike the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, the Masters is played at the same course every year.

Another reason the course is so familiar to people who have never been there is because of the television coverage, which has the fewest commercials of any golf broadcast on this side of the Atlantic.

Coverage began in 1956 and at first featured only the last four holes. In the 55 years since then, coverage has grown to include the entire course and features the leaders' entire round on Sunday.

A smaller number of people have walked the grounds simply because the course is a private course, unlike venues that host the other major championship. Those sites tend to be public courses

In preparation for this year's 75th playing of this extraordinary golf tournament, let me lead you on a walking tour of the course. I want to point out what you can expect to see this weekend in terms of how the players will attack the course as well as the exquisite beauty of this piece of land.

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