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Golf Australia Express : Issue 30-The Masters
A S ONE OF THE world's most exclusive clubs, we've been led to believe Augusta National—and its stunning track—offers a life-changing experience to those bestowed the privilege of setting foot upon its hallowed turf. But not everyone agrees. Here's five not-so-nice things some notable people have said about the club and its course: The Anti-Augustans 2012 MASTERS PREVIEW "I think they've ruined it from a tournament standpoint." — Jack Nicklaus [pictured right] in 2006, reacting to a spate of course changes. Guess it's hard to keep everybody happy all of the time. "I don't like it, to tell you the truth. I don't think it is fair. Even when it's dry you still get mud balls in the middle of the fairway. It's too much of a guessing game." —Sergio Garcia on Augusta in 2009. He issued an apology to Augusta for his remarks two days later. Seriously, is Sergio ever happy? "What are they going to do in the future, put the tees in the streets?" — Gary Player in 2006, after the club lengthened the course and revamped the par-4 11th. "Back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, alone there are four courses... as good as Augusta. You can go elsewhere, too, and find other courses that play as challengingly without having to resort to putting the pins on slopes and knolls."— Tom Weiskopf in 1978. "This place [Augusta National] rejects me like a skin transplant." — Lee Trevino, who had a poor Masters record at Augusta.