The golf world turns its attention to Augusta, GA, this weekend, which is a mixed blessing for residents of the golf communities of Aiken, SC, just across the border. The Augusta area can't quite handle all those attending the tournament; residents of Aiken's golf communities, which include Mount Vintage, Cedar Creek and Woodside Plantation, rent out their homes -- in some cases for thousands of dollars for the week -- to some of the more well-heeled among the Masters' attendees. Suddenly, strangers appear on the courses and you can't just walk up and play at your own course.
We've visited Aiken and, during Masters weekend, we'll recall our impressions of the town (it's charming) and the communities. If you like horses, as well as golf, you might want to hoof it to Aiken for a visit at some point.