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Date: 04/05/2011

A Master among Golf Courses: Augusta

With the recent Masters tournament, those who enjoy trips away on their golf travel insurance will have been looking enviously at the lush greens at Augusta.

Built in the early 1930s, Augusta National Golf Club has been voted the best course in the US for the third successive year and is the envy of golfers all around the globe. Play there is only permitted by its members and guests and membership itself is by invitation only. Any women hoping to add the course to their itinerary for their annual multi trip travel insurance are likely to be disappointed as no woman has ever been invited to join the club, although some have been permitted to play as guests.

Amateur players who have visited various clubs on their golf travel insurance will appreciate the exclusivity of Augusta. The membership list is kept trimmed to no more than around 300, with fees estimated in the region of $25,000 to $50,000.

However, Augusta stands out among its peers with beautiful greens and each hole named after a bush, tree or shrub that grows around each green, with Magnolia, Azalea, Camellia and White Dogwood some well known holes. Arguably the most famous part of the course is the collection of holes known as Amen Corner – the 11th, 12th and 13th holes which are described as a true test to golfing ability.

Augusta is not only famed for its greens and holes, there are a number of other features which make it stand out. The Crows Nest is an accommodation suite large enough for five adults, situated on the course and is reserved for amateurs who have been awarded the honour of playing the Masters by winning the British and US Amateurs. Bridges named after ex-pros such as Hogan and Nelson Bridge also adorn the course, making a visit to Augusta well worth the journey on an annual multi trip travel insurance policy.