Augusta Georgia
Home of the Masters® Golf Tournament

Augusta Georgia, home of the prestigous Masters® Golf Tournament, is also a city that embraces the Fine Arts. Augusta is is Georgia's second largest city. Located on the Savannah River that runs through the city, it offers relaxing strolls along the river to the amphitheater named for famed opera singer and Augusta native, Jessye Norman. Visitors can also canoe the Savannah River or its adjacent canal.

Augusta is called the Garden City of the South. This name also represents Augusta's relationship to the Fine Arts. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, located in Augusta's Downtown Historic District, is the cultural headquarters of Fine Arts in Augusta. This former Catholic Church built around 1897, is the home of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta Ballet, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Players, Augusta Children’s Chorale, as well as Symphony Orchestra Augusta. This cultural center is also the choice venue for the annual Gardeb City Festival, a fundtaiser for the cultural center. The 9,167 seat arena in the Augusta Entertainment Complex is named the late Augusta native and entertainer known as the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Tarena is the location of choice for major concerts and sporting events.

Augusta is best known as a golf meca. Memorailia from the Masters® Golf Tournament is kept at the Augusta Museum of History. Bronze sculptures of golf legends Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are on display at Georgia Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens in Augusta. During the Masters Tournament, neighboring cities Aiken and Columbia South Carolina help to accommodate the golf lovers who journey to Augusta National Golf Club for this master golfing event.

Augusta's public golf course, Goshen Plantation is one of twenty-four public golf courses that demonstrate the prominent place of golf in Georgia's Classic South region. Public golf courses in nearby Evans, Thomson and Lincoln County Georgia help to supply the region with ample golf courses to satisfy the public's thirst for this sport.

Augusta strives to be a good steward of freshwater resources. Phinizy Center for Water Sciences provides leadership for sustainable watersheds and economic vitality through research, education and by connecting people with nature. This center is located in Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near downtown Augusta. Activities at the park include Guided hikes, bike rides, family camping and art classes.


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