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|With the Augusta Golf Girl's help, fans heading to The Masters can make the most of their Augusta experience. (.)|
This week, the town of Augusta, Ga., swells into the center of the sporting world's universe for The Masters. Thousands of patrons from all over will be on hand during the week, so we've called on an Augusta local, Sandie Pletcher, to give us the scoop.
Pletcher, aka the "Augusta Golf Girl," has been to 10 Masters since she turned 16 in 1990 and plans on plenty more. She's started her own blog, www.AugustaGolfGirl.com, where she writes about everything Masters and Augusta-related. She's taking it into high gear this week at The Masters.
We asked the Augusta Golf Girl for some advice for all those headed to the Masters, from the best spots on the golf course to can't-miss meals to where to spot your favorite players off the golf course.
Q: Is there anything in particular that's new at The Masters for 2009 you're excited about?
Augusta Golf Girl: Tiger Woods being back, and the great competition in the entire field right now.
Q: What is your favorite Masters moment that you saw in person?
Augusta Golf Girl: I saw Tiger win three of his Green Jackets. I was there for Phil Mickelson's first win, also.
Q: Can you recommend any can't-miss restaurants in town during Masters week?
Augusta Golf Girl: The Snug (serving steaks, seafood and chops, reservations recommended during Masters week: 706-863-1118), The Public House (steaks and lobster: 706-364-2711), The Bees Knees (serving tapas for dinner: 706-828-3600) and The French Market Grille (serving Cajun, Louisiana-style dishes: 706-737-4865).
Q: Where's the best spot on Augusta National Golf Club to watch the action?
Augusta Golf Girl: The best spot for viewing is on the 16th hole, without a doubt.
Q: What's the best golf course in/around Augusta that is open to the public during Masters week should we get our own golfing itch?
Augusta Golf Girl: The River Golf Club in North Augusta (Green fees: $95-175) and The Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. (This historic private club, designed by Alister Mackenzie, offers public play for $175 during Masters week, which includes range balls and lunch). Both golf courses are in South Carolina but a very short drive from Augusta.
Q: Any favorite meals/drinks you can buy at the golf course?
Augusta Golf Girl: The course's sandwiches are to die for and also super cheap!
Q: What's your no. 1 recommendation to first-timers to Augusta National Masters Week?
Augusta Golf Girl: Try and make a "local" friend, and be sure and walk the entire golf course.
Q: Where is the best place in town to "accidentally" bump into a golfer/famous person?
Augusta Golf Girl: Try T-Bonz Steakhouse of Augusta (no reservations, walk-in only) or The Snug. Both local restaurants are player favorites during the week.
Q: How can the Augusta Golf Girl help spectators or viewers of Masters this week?
Augusta Golf Girl: Go to my golf blog, www.AugustaGolfGirl.com. I have all the local scoop on the best of The Masters and Augusta.
Q: Who will win the 2009 Masters?
Augusta Golf Girl: Whew! This year, it could be anyone. But I would love to see Greg Norman finally get his Green Jacket!
April 7, 2009
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