Wednesday, April 07, 2010

At Augusta, Things Keep Getting Better

Part of the magic of Augusta National is how things can change yet seem as if they've been there forever.

That's the way it is with the new practice facility and a collection of buildings that have been built nearby. The practice facility is spectacular, as you would expect, with essentially everything a player could need to work on his game.

Nearby, there are several new buildings used for guests during tournament week, built since last spring. They're white and if you could find a subdivision that looks like these buildings, you'd line up to buy one.

I've been told that they're painted with white paint that's made to look slightly weathered when it's applied so the buildings won't look brand new. I'm not sure if it's true but at Augusta National, it sounds plausible, given the club's attention to detail and quality.

Even the new entrance for patrons is impressive. It's not just a place to get your badge checked. It looks like Augusta National, not just an entryway.

Some things, however, don't get touched and for good reason. Who'd want to mess with the pimento cheese sandwiches?