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Fields of dreams: vacations for sports fans

Part 3: Fenway Park and Augusta National Golf Club

Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts

Fenway Park, home of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, oozes history. Opened in 1912, it’s the oldest and smallest ballpark in the major leagues. Fans sit close to the field and the field’s quirky dimensions give it a personality that a cavernous dome with plastic grass just can’t match. You know you’re in Fenway when you look up and see the Green Monster, the 11-m wall in left field, complete with hand-operated scoreboard.

Before the game — assuming you’re not wearing a Yankees cap — you’ll want to spend a couple of hours soaking up the rich atmosphere. Go for a few pints at the Cask ‘N Flagon, a famous pub behind the Green Monster, and then stagger past the statue of the great Ted Williams on Yawkey Way as you admire Fenway’s original brick exterior. Tours are available until three hours before game time. Call 617-226-6666 or e-mail tours@redsox.com.

Sports-travel specialist Roadtrips can design a custom trip to Boston for any home game. For instance, packages range from $300 to $900 (U.S.) person to watch the Sox host the Blue Jays from Sept. 26 to 29. The price includes hotel and ticket to one game. Visit RoadTrips.com, or call 1-800-465-1765.

Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta, Georgia

Augusta National was founded in 1934 by Bobby Jones, the greatest golfer of his era, and Wall Street financier Clifford Roberts, who years later added a note of tragedy to the club’s mystique by committing suicide on the grounds. The club has been criticized for its membership criteria — it didn’t admit its first black member until 1990, and it’s never admitted a woman — but its Old South charm is precisely what makes the Masters Tournament unique. Even non-golfers ooh and ah at the manicured beauty of the course when it plays host to the Masters every April. Fairways weave around stately pines, flowering dogwoods, stunning backdrops of pink azaleas, and bunkers so powdery you’ll want to run barefoot through them. (This is frowned upon.)

Roadtrips organizes a full range of Masters packages, as does Toronto-based Valhalla Travel ( ValhallaTravel.com). Trips involving only the practice swings are about $800 (U.S.), while deluxe ones that get you into all four rounds approach $8,000 (U.S.). Green jacket not included.

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Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Old Trafford and Lambeau Field Part 3: Fenway Park and Augusta National Golf Club

From the Summer 2005 issue.

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