There are plenty of azaleas on the course most famously along Amen Corner but they aren't ubiquitous. You can be forgiven for thinking as much,
however, since they are the favored targets of TV cameramen (along with hot
blondes in tight shirts).
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If you want to catch the action at Amen Corner your best bet is on T V. But if you want to get close, get comfortable, be near the cheap sandwiches and see
some of the most decisive and heroic shots, the 16th green is the place to be once you set foot on Big Green. Think Jack in '75 and '86, and Tiger in '05, and brother, pass me a cold one.
Tiger and caddie celebrate his famous chip on No. 16 in 2005.
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The Incredible Shrinking Augusta
The 1,060-yard par-3 course is what would happen if you put the Dry Clean Only big course into the dryer while it was still wet. The par-3 course may be prettier than the big course, and it's easier to walk. When you walk onto it
on Wednesday, turn around and check out the members and their friends hanging out on the balconies of the cottages drinking Coors Light.
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Amateur after hours
Congratulations! You won the U.S. Amateur! Not only will you be the most famous guy in your town for a week, you'll also get to stay in the Spartan cupola called the Crow's Nest. This supersized dorm room sleeps five and is accessed via
stairs off the second-floor dining room.
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Former winners have their own digs known as the Champions Locker room, located down the stairs from the Crow's Nest. But if you're just an apprentice to the
Old Masters, you have to hang your nails and shirttails in this locker room behind the first tee. What's it like inside? A locker room!
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The most coveted house in golf is a large but humble Southern-style building. It was built in 1845 when Augusta National was still an indigo plantation.
At left is the Champions Locker room. On the right is the Crow's Nest, where the U.S. Amateur winner stays.
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Bragging rights fees
No one will believe you were there if you don't go home covered in logos. Go early, or go home empty-handed. Visor: $9; Baseball hat: $12; Bag towel: $9; Brag tag: $7; Golf shirts: $46-$115; Suntan lotion: $4
The tables and chairs on the veranda are the place to ogle and be ogled all week.
Even if you have access to the area which few do grabbing a table is more competitive than the tournament itself. Our tip: "Hey, everyone, Tiger and Arnie are sumo wrestling on the driving range!" When the place clears out,
you're in the money.
Order of the day
There are hundreds of clubs that have vastly tastier food (and a more diverse menu). But who cares? When you plop down on the veranda you're so whipped from walking that what you need is a cozy chair and comfortable food. Our suggestion: Sweet tea, $1.50, Hickory smoked ham and cheese, $5.50, and Peach Cobbler a la mode, $3.50.
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You've seen photos of the 13th green from this angle alongside the left of the
hole before, but unless you're a player or caddie you'll never get this close
to it. In fact, once the ropes go up the closest you'll get to any green around Amen Corner is the opposite side of the gallery.
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Map of the Area
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What lies beneath
The bentgrass greens are slicker than a lubed-up curling rink. Like Jack
Nicholson and Abbott and Costello, the sod that forms the greens was born in New Jersey. Lurking below the surface, SubAir machines drain water from the greens quicker than your teenagers drain green from your wallet.
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