News12 First at Five/ 4-08-14
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)-----Thousands of patrons are coming out of Augusta National right now.
Hundreds more will make their way there throughout the week. Things aren't quite as busy at "The Patch" but we're told more than 100 people came out to the course over the weekend.
City officials tell us the extra traffic in town is spilling over to Augusta's Municipal Golf course.
Patrons in town for Masters tell us after playing "The Patch" they now know why it has that nickname.
The area near Augusta National is bussling with hundreds of people crossing the street all to get inside the course. Augusta National's beauty is a huge draw.
"It's their greens and the flowers. I haven't personally seen it, but I've heard that amen corner is great. I'm looking forward to seeing that today," said patron Anna Bolderson.
"It's pretty unmatched and it's an amazing place," said patron Tj Callaway.
It was a different scene at the city's muncipal golf course. We found crews cutting the grass and prisoners working in the bunker.
The grass is mostly cut but there are a few patchy spots.
"The patch is an approriate name. It does need some work definetly," said golfer Sue Davies.
Sue and John Davies are in town for Masters and in fact their son-in-law is a PGA Pro Golfer. They went to The Patch to take a few swings. "It needs considerable work done. The fairways needs work and the grass is suspect," said golfer John Davies.
"The traps haven't been raked today at all. I don't see any maintenance. There is a lot of down trees from the ice storm, I understand," said Davies.
City officials tell us storm debris clean up crews came out and trimmed trees and removed some debris. The city is relying on prison labor to fertilize the grounds and keep the grounds manicured. The Davies say the course needs a little more tender loving care to bring people out.
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