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Masters Tournament. In early April, Augusta hosts the much-celebrated annual Masters Tournament, one of pro golf's most distinguished events. It's broadcast in 180 countries. Tickets for actual tournament play are extremely limited for the general public, but you can try to get tickets for one of the practice rounds earlier in the week—which, for golf addicts, is still hugely entertaining.
The Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, is known for its exclusivity. Membership is handed down through families, so unless you know someone, you aren't going to get to play there, much less get a glimpse of the grounds. However, there are plenty of other golf courses in this golfer's town. Augusta, GA. www.masters.org.
Masters Tournament Practice Rounds office. Masters Tournament practice-round tickets are awarded on a lottery basis; apply online at www.masters.com by July 30 of the year preceding the tournament. Box 2047, Augusta, GA, 30903.
Forest Hills Golf Club. Founded in 1926, Bobby Jones made his "grand slam of golf" here in 1930. The well-kept public course offers tee times seven days a week. Augusta Magazine continually names it the "Best Public Golf Course" in the area. Reservations are suggested. 1500 Comfort Rd., Augusta, GA, 30909. 706/733-0001. www.theforesthillsgolfcourse.com. 18 holes. 7,231 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $35/$45 Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, restaurant.
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