Rick Slattery, golf course superintendent at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, says Augusta is the measuring stick for golf courses and superintendents.
"Whether we like it or not, our golf courses have always been compared to Augusta
What's wrong with trying to measure up to the way Augusta
appears during Masters week, Slattery
"I've used Augusta
as measuring stick throughout my career," he
course, which has hosted several LPGA tournaments, doesn't have budget and resources that Augusta
But that doesn't stop him from studying Augusta's
nuances in an attempt to become a better superintendent at his
"The beauty of golf is that it's not played on a regulated sized or shaped playing field," Slattery
Conditioning aside, Slattery
is great for golf, and the Masters' continued popularity only exposes more people to the game.
"The tournament reaches millions of people all over the world.
"It's just great exposure for gold.
The history of the Masters is second to none."
remembers watching the Masters on TV when he
was a kid, and Big Three - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player = where duking it out for a green jacket.
The Big Three dominated the Masters From 1960 through 1978, winning the event 12 times among them during that span.
"The Masters was one of the most successful golf tournaments brought to TV and had some really exciting finishes that made people fall in love with the game," Slattery
certainly has the resources and exposure to become an effective leader [in the environmental movement]," Slattery