Many of you may be golf widows, so I am sure that you have heard of the Augusta National golf course and the famous Masters golf tournament. Tickets to the tournament are the “Holy Grail” of golf and many Georgia residents never get to go. My family has been very fortunate to have been on many occasions, because my husband has a co-worker and friend who sometimes is able to get tickets for us to attend. Thanks, Keith!!
Did you know that the land where the golf course is now was once a plant nursery? That explains why the course is so beautiful and the holes are named for different plants and trees.
My husband is a golfer and, when we attend, we always bring home many souvenir items for us and our family.
Here are some of our caps and visors.
These are only a small number of my husband's Masters' shirts.
I have some, too.
I, also, have charms (one silver and one gold) for my charm bracelets…
And a wonderful Christmas tree ornament.
We have a collection of Masters plastic drinking cups. Some have “walked away” during the years!
The absolute highlight of my husband’s golfing life came, when he was able to play at Augusta National. A friend in Augusta arranged for my husband to play a round of golf there a few years ago and I think he is still on cloud “nine” (or, maybe, 18!).
When I first published this post, it was 2011 on the Tablescape Times Three blog (see it HERE) that I did with my daughter and oldest granddaughter. I included a breakfast table that I had prepared for my husband and it looked like this:
We did not go to the Masters in 2012 - there was so much happening in our lives, we just could not fit it into our schedule. This year, we hope to attend and I have changed the table setting a little.
This year I changed the coffee cup to one of the ones that we bought at the Masters in 2011 and we have a real glass bought the same year, instead of the plastic one. All of the winners of the Masters are listed on the back. I still used the yellow tablecloth, but added the matching yellow napkin. I cannot resist using the bag tag, as a napkin ring and the golf bag towel, as a placemat. I added Oneida "Cantata" flatware and an older Masters coffee cup, as a little vase for the absolutely necessary azaleas! The big change is the Shenango Masters plate. I found this gem on eBay a couple of years ago and I have seen only one other like it, ever (it was more, than I was willing to pay).
According to sources that I have read, the mark on the back indicates that it was produced in 1943. I am still not certain whether it was a souvenir from the gift shop or an actual piece used in the clubhouse dining area. Either way - I love it!
I have never been to Augusta during the practice rounds, when you are allowed to take photographs. We always go, during the actual tournament. Therefore, I have no photos to show you how incredible the golf course looks, during the spring. The spring pictures at the beginning of the post are of my back yard this time of year - multiply that times a couple of hundred and you can get a sense of just how lovely it is. Of course, there are many pictures on the internet, if you are really interested.
Here is a card listing the names of each of the golf holes on the course. Each has its own special plant - oh the loveliness of it all!!!
I do wish for each of you, whether or not you love golf, to be able to spend a day in the spring in Augusta at probably the most famous and glorious golf course of all. I promise, there is nothing like it!
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