In praise, indeed. It's been 50 years since writer Herbert Warren Wind dubbed the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National "Amen Corner" in Sports Illustrated.
So this year, our multimedia for the 2008 Masters Tournament offers a couple different takes on Amen Corner.
Interactive tour of Amen Corner
Initially, we wanted to create detailed depictions of the greens on the three most famous holes in golf. But the maps we received were not detailed enough to provide an accurate depiction, so instead we tried to create a realistic image of each hole and highlight significant parts of the holes.
Multimedia artist Jerry Mosemak used satellite images from Google Earth to find the angle he wanted for the holes and then spent several days colorizing and enhancing the imagery. The end result are beautifully realistic and accurate images that are more robust and easier to understand than a simple photograph.
Can a replica compare?
Renditions golf club in Davidsonville, Md. has recreated some of golf's most famous holes. Among the holes recreated is Amen Corner. Photographer/videographer Eileen Blass and reporters Gary Mihoces and Jerry Potter visited Renditions on a cold and rainy Maryland-in-March day.
Potter gives a video tour of the differences between Augusta's Amen Corner and Renditions and you can see Mihoces hit a golf ball into the water on No. 12 (Augusta)/No. 7 (Renditions). Renditions does have azaleas, but it's still a bit too cold for them to bloom.
The Road to the Masters
Washington Road is a busy four-lane road lined with fast-food, tire stores and gas stations. But during the first full week of April, the only road in and out of Augusta National is jammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic and the sidewalks are filled with entrepreneurs, vendors, volunteers and fans. Parking goes anywhere from $10 to $40 a day and golf memorabilia businesses sell $10,000 collectibles. Reporter Gary Mihoces and photographer Jack Gruber captured a typical tournament-time afternoon along Washington Road.
You can also catch Masters news and daily galleries at golf.usatoday.com.