AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) - Thousands of people are flocking to Georgia for golf's most prestigious tournament. The best players in the world are chasing the elusive green jacket.
But for many of the patrons in attendance, it's about taking in the atmosphere. Thousands of patrons walk the grounds here at Augusta National. We spoke with many about the Masters experience.
"And I always walk through Magnolia Lane and say a little prayer of thanks that I could win this three times, be second three times. That goes through my mind," said three time champ Gary Player.
"The course is unbelievable. I've never seen grass like this," said Joe Dellavilla.
"All those years, watching my dad, I used to love coming down," explained Bill Haas. "I think I definitely took it for granted a little bit, but now that I'm playing in the event, I certainly know how special it is to be here, and I love every year pulling in those gates."
For thousands of patrons flooding the hallowed grounds of Augusta National this week, this is it. "I'm excited. It's surreal. Can't believe they're letting us walk on the grass," said Californian Matt Case.
From the historic twelfth hole, to the iconic yellow flags, even the famous Masters leader board, it's all a bucket list experience. "I just look forward to coming here and seeing the wonderful facilities they have and the beautiful golf course and of course see a little golf," said Steve Maury.
"I got to see Amen Corner and then I have to go back and get a flag and some autographs," said youngster Palmer Vantuyer.
The patrons cover all corners of the United States and even the globe. The same thing brings everyone. "The atmosphere and the beautiful course. That is the main thing," said Maury.
"The conditions just seem impeccable. I'm impressed by the golf course," said Vantuyer. "Big course, try to cover it all, see it as much as you can get ready to come back next year," said Case.
"We definitely got to get in the pro shop. It looked like it was a little crowded when we came through on the way, so we definitely got to buy some goods for some of our friends and so on," said Dellavilla.
WALB will be here all week. If you're headed up from South Georgia, we would love to hear from you and meet up with you
out on the course.