Augusta to Cocoa Beach - June 29, 2017
Augusta National Golf Course hosts the Masters Tournament each year and is one of the most famous golf courses in the world. The course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on what used to be the Fruitland Nursery. Each of the holes is named after one of the trees or shrubs associated with the hole. To the right is a picture of hole 12, Golden Bell, and is one of the most iconic holes in golf. A 155 yard Par 3 formerly known as Three Pines, it is guarded by Raes Creek on the front portion of the green and is protected by azaleas in the rear. The green is narrow and very difficult to play due to the winds that surround the green. Wind coupled with the slope of the green on the front edge make it very difficult to avoid the water hazzard that is Raes Creek.
Our day starts in Augusta, Georgia. We have a relatively short day as our route takes us 418 miles south to Cocoa Beach, Florida. While we aren't opposed to long days, we certainly don't want to wear ourselves out before we get to our final destination. We are fortunate that Matt has family with property in Cocoa Beach that were kind enough to give us a place to stay for the evening. Trying to schedule these shorter days will afford us the opportunity to actually enjoy some of the scenery along the way. We'll make certain we pick up some peaches before we leave!
The day ends in beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida. As we have put these pages together, I for one cannot resist the temptation to get excited about this trip. The city's history dates back to the end of the American Civil War, however, the town wasn't fully established until June 1925. Gus Edwards, who had bought the land a few years earlier, was elected Mayor a little over a month later and shortly after he was elected, plans for a pier were made official, though the iconic pier wasn't constructed until 1962. Formerly known as Canaveral Pier, Cocoa Beach Pier stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and required more than 2.5 miles of planks when it was constructed.