Golfers, fans love new Masters practice facility

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

AUGUSTA, GA (WTOC) - Most golf galleries hold their collective breath to see if the golfer can hit that tournament winning shot. Only at the Masters will patrons pack the ropes ten deep just to watch the world's best practice. The new driving range and greens opened to rave reviews.

"I don't know one player who's said anything bad about it," said golfer Stewart Cink, winner of the 2009 British Open. "The best we've ever seen anywhere. And to think, it all got built in nine months. It's astonishing."
The new driving range keeps the long balls from cutting through or over trees and landing onto Washington Road. It also features practice holes that replicate the course itself and a putting greeen where fans get an up close look without the tournament pressure. It was a parking lot during the 2009 Masters. Fans said it looks like it has been here as long as the old pines themselves.
"It's remarkable what they can do. Only at Augusta National, that's for darn sure," said golf fan Rick Stewart of Peachtree City.
"I would give everything I have to be able to hit a couple on this practice green and take a nap in the grass, exclaimed Tyler Sheppard of Rincon and member of the South Effingham High golf team.
And if Tyler can get his game up to this level, he may get a chance.
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