Masters changes in 2009

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 6, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Changes to the Augusta National Golf Course are always big Masters news, but this year, some of the biggest changes are off the course.

It starts the minute you set foot on the property. It's a short walk from the new parking lots across Berkmans Road to the new main gate. And as patrons make their way to the golf course, they'll notice something else across the parking lot: a new caddy shack, or caddy services building, as they like to call it.

So why did they build it so far from the course? It's because the new practice range for the pros is right there, and when it opens next year, all those cars will have to go.

On the course itself, the concession stands got a major makeover. New buildings replace the tents they used to use. They've even got new tables where you can enjoy a stand-up picnic.

The reviews are good.

"Wonderful. Breathtaking. And the prices are good too. It's reasonable," one patron said.

But when you stop and think about it, it's really nothing new at all. It all goes back to something Bobby Jones said himself: "The whole idea is to provide as many facilities and conveniences to the spectator as possible."

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