Apr 11, 2014; Augusta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy climbs out of the azaleas from behind the 13th green during the second round of the 2014 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Masters: Augusta National, America's Home Of Golf

It doesn’t come with as much history as St. Andrews and some of the picturesque golf courses in Scotland, but I will put the Augusta National Golf Course up against any course in the world when it come to beauty. Although this beautiful place in Northeast Georgia has only been here for 80 years, the folks at The Masters have turned it into the mecca for golf in the US, and throughout the world for that matter.

When Bobby Jones saw this land, which was the home of The Fruitlands Nurseries,  one of the largest in the South in 1931, he knew he had found the perfect spot for his new golf course and said:

“It seems this had been lying here for years and was just waiting for someone to put a golf course on it”.

With the help of a New York Investment Banker named Clifford Roberts and legendary course designer, Dr. Alister McKenzie, Bobby Jones built one of the finest places to play golf in the world.

Jones loved the old course at St. Andrews, and some other offerings by Dr. McKenzie, including Pasatiempo in the coastal mountains of Northern California so set off to include features from his favorite layouts throughout the world.

As these pictures from Golf.com and Masters 2014 Photos show, not only is the golf course beautiful, the entire property shows off the splendor of the South in springtime. From the towering trees to the Azalea’s and on to the manicured fairways and greens, this has to be one of the most beautiful places anywhere.

It looked beautiful back in the early days of colored television, but with advent of High Definition Television, it is without a doubt, something to behold.

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