Augusta has more
Make your first stop the Augusta Visitor Information Center inside the Augusta Museum of History during regular business hours (Monday-Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 and Sunday 1:00 p.m. ' 5:00 p.m.) to pick up an Augusta Gallery Pass, a one-price ticket good for admission into Augusta attractions and museums. The $20.00 cost offers a 50% savings off regular adult admission prices. The attractions included in the pass represent some of the most popular in the city: The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center; Augusta Museum of History; Ezekiel Harris House; Georgia Golf Hall of Fames Botanical Gardens; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; Meadow Garden House Museum; Morris Museum of Art; National Science Centers Fort Discovery and the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson.
Augusta Museum of History
560 Reynolds Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 722-8454
The very leafy, very green Augusta is positively thriving along its waterfront. Tour Riverwalk, a lush and scenic two-level park featuring adjacent cultural and educational attractions grouped together along the Savannah River, many of which are featured on the Gallery Pass. The Augusta Riverwalk also features a collection of shops, restaurants, nightlife spots, hotels, and more.
Shoppers will think theyve hit a hole in one with the opening of a multi-million dollar expansion at The Augusta Mall. The new 180,000 square feet open air village setting center features new lifestyle retailers, restaurants and additional amenities.
More than 300 eateries in Augusta offer everything from Southern favorites to international cuisine. Those looking for food thats good for the soul will find the best fried chicken, peach cobbler, and macaroni and cheese in all of Georgia at either Caf 209 or the Blue Sky Kitchen. Barbeque is also a sure bet in Augusta. Sconyers, so famous for its pulled pork that former president Jimmy Carter had it flown to the White House during his term in office, is still wildly popular. North and South cuisines come together at Mally's Bagels & Grits. Get a taste of Germany at the Sunshine Bakery and fill up on bratwurst or their famous potato soup. Luigi's, serving traditional Italian, is a favorite hangout for many of the greats of Masters Week. The Verandah Grill at the venerable Partridge Inn is consistently voted the best Sunday brunch in town. Favorite fine dining spots include La Maison, Bistro 491, Cadwalladers and Calverts.
But if you havent secured your accommodations and Masters badges, dont fret. Augusta is an affordable and fascinating destination the other 52 weeks of the year.
It didnt start out that way. For nearly 50 years, from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, before the railroads ran to Florida, Augustas gentle climate made it the leisurely winter playground of the rich, famous and powerful in America. U. S. Presidents vacationed here in grand hotels as golf was being introduced to America; ladies strolled the grounds and played tennis; Ty Cobb bought a home here, and Bobby Jones later built his dream golf course.
WHAT ELSE TO DO
Today, theres far more to do, and one doesnt have to be a millionaire to enjoy the area. As the second largest city in the state, Augusta has become a magnet for tourism year-round. Everyone can Play Augusta, GA by choosing from arts and cultural attractions, historical sites, outdoor recreation, unique shopping and antiquing opportunities, and authentic dining experiences. More than 20 new restaurants and shops have opened downtown in the past few years.
While you wont be playing Augusta National unless youre a member or a friend of one, there are twelve excellent public and semi-private golf courses that offer affordable rates ' and its easy get a tee time before or after the first full week of April each year.
You can still stay at The Partridge Inn, the last of the grand hotels. A Historic Hotel of America, The Partridge Inn reigned as one of the countrys premier resort destinations during Augustas Golden Age and is still renowned for a quarter-mile of beautiful verandahs, classic columns, stately Magnolia trees and unparalleled personal service.
Located approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta, Augusta is easily accessible to most of the Southeast via its prime location on Interstate 20. Augusta Regional Airport (AGS), served by Delta and US Airways, has undergone a major expansion that includes a new passenger terminal.
The city has been cited for its efforts to preserve its historic places, and it hosts a variety of year-round sporting, recreational and cultural events. Augusta is often called the Garden City of the South because of the citys many large private gardens and springtime blooms that rival those on the grounds of Augusta National. The Historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center is the focus for classic southern gardening during its 17th Annual Garden Festival, April 25- 27, 2008. Tour seven extraordinary private gardens on both sides of the river, including the historic Summerville area. Find rare plants, and learn from Master Gardeners.
Georgias only designated National Heritage Area, the Augusta Canal ' once the site of the Confederate States of America Powder Works ' combines history and recreation along nearly nine miles of bird- and wildlife-filled towpaths and waterways. Visitors can explore the history and significance of the canal by visiting the interpretive center. The award-winning interactive exhibits take visitors from the Canals initial conception and construction in the 1840s and expansion in the 1870s, through its role in the Civil War and its aftermath to the New South industrial growth and electrification of the city. Displays include functioning textile looms, life-sized models of canal construction and depictions of mill worker life.
An Interpretive Center tour takes 45 minutes to an hour and is included in the price of a boat tour, or tickets can be purchased separately. For more information visit
The Augusta Canal is the nation's only industrial power canal still in use for its original purpose, an 8.5-mile waterway built in 1845 to power industrial mills. Federally designated as one of 18 National Heritage Areas, the Augusta Canal and the canal towpath are the perfect places for a picnic lunch, a canoe or kayak trip or a bike ride. To explore the Canal the way they did prior to the turn of the century, take a tour on one of the Augusta Canals Petersburg Boats.
From world wide recognition for golfing greatness and sporting events, to roots deep in history, Augusta has it all. Visit and you too can say I Played Augusta, GA. For information on accommodations, attractions and a calendar of events, click here website.
EVENTS DURING MASTERS WEEK, APRIL 7-13, 2008
Monday, April 7th at 6:00 pm is the Mayors Masters Reception honoring professional golfer Ben Crenshaw. This public, free event will be held at the Augusta Botanical Gardens. It is a chance for visitors and residents alike to meet a world renowned golfer and to honor him for his achievements in golf and past success at the Masters Tournament.
Tuesday, April 8th Rock for Dough, Drive for Show
The benefit concert for First Tee golf course of Augusta will be hosted by Hootie and Blowfish and will feature new artist Colbie Caillat and Augusta native Josh Kelley. After four months as MySpaces top unsigned artist and about 10 million song plays, Colbie signed a record contract and promptly landed her first single, Bubbly on the Billboard Top 10 where it remains today. Josh Kelley has been on tour and performed with Seal in Europe in 2007. Kelley has also been working on his new album Special Company, which will be available in February. Kelley is married to Knocked Up star Katherine Heigl.
The First Tee is a nonprofit whose mission is 'To impact the lives of young people in the Central Savannah River Area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-devlopment and life-enhancing values through the game of golf, and to provide an afforadable and accessible golf facility, primarily to serve those who have not previously had exposure to the game and its positive values.' For more info on The First Tee of Augusta visit its website.
JUNIOR GOLF IN AUGUSTA
For kids age 7-14 remember that GOLF CHANNEL's presentation of Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt will be in Augusta on April 22, 2008. Click here to register.
Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.
It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.
Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.
''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''
It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.
''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''
Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.
''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''
After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.
''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''
He's making his first start in the event.
''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.
Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.
''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''
Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.
The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.
''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''
Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.
''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.