Masters Nostalgia Coupled With A Pimento Cheese Sandwich
The Master Golf Tournament has long been one my favorites golf events of the year; I grew up watching Arnold Palmer and Jack playing over the years. I got to love the atmosphere, pageantry, the prestige, the mannerism of the patrons, the intensity of the long putt and the uncertainty Sunday’s the leaderboard. In later years, I have fell in love with the younger players like Woods, Mickelson, Weir, Donald and yes the flamboyant fashion of Mr. Ian Poulter.
So when I actually made it to my first Masters courtesy of a kind old friend, I was even more impressed with the grandeur at Augusta National and the world class tourney it hosts every year. A ticket to the Masters is actually a “badge” which has to be returned upon the conclusion of the day or days you are in attendance. After all this is the most famous golf tourney in the whole wide world. Did you expect a souvenir?
The food you eat while attending is delightful to say the least – come on a pimento cheese sandwich is a classic, and add a moon pie. The prices for food items are set in stone for years now and that sandwich is only $1.50. I have been to the Masters twice in my life now and my fondest memories surround the time spent eating moon pies and pimento cheese sandwiches, being a permanent fixture at Amen Corner and eventually seeing the many landmarks – Crow’s Nest is definitely one to mention. The landmarks at Augusta National are as famous as the golfers who have played and won and even the players who have lost.
The great event has not been without drama, as I can recall, didn’t Fozzy Zeller start the “Fried Chicken” controversy about his speculations on Tiger’s Champions Dinner Menu and if I do remember Angel Cabrera down a few too many hamburgers after his 2009 win.
So this week, if you are watching your favorite golfer tee it up at Augusta, just remember that Augusta National is the place to be, for history, for architecture, for atmosphere, for pageantry and some weird golf fashion, i.e. the caddies dressed in that hmm white jumper. Just sit back and listen to the commentators describe the scenery and give punditry about the times they have had over the years and the champion past and present. It will be a good time I bet.