THE smell of azaleas is again in the air, so that means the Masters is on the horizon.
Having been to Augusta National several times I can confirm its beauty - even if some of its features are, like those of List Z celebrities, artificially enhanced.
Nothing disappoints once inside the hallowed grounds. Unlike List Z celebrities, everything looks better to the naked eye than it does on television.
I wish I could say the same for the town of Augusta, Georgia. It's frankly a bit of a dumphole.
Augusta National was always a rich man's playground, at least until they recently allowed the other half of the population access as well.
But to be fair, in my experience the Green Jackets are not the arrogant, obnoxious types often associated with wealth.
It may have taken them a long time to accept women members - and let's not even start on the race issue, which is a long-running sore in the American south - but the Green Jackets I encountered generally exuded an old-fashioned charm.
Mind you, it takes one to know one. Maybe some of mine rubbed off on them.
But I digress.
The arrival of the first Major of the year (other than old Fraser-Hamilton, who paid me a visit last month) always exercises the mind of the Devel's Advocate.
If these are the four championships which define an elite golfer's career - and they are - why are three of them held in United States of America?
Look at tennis. One in Australia, one in France, one in the United Kingdom and the other in the USA.
A pedant might say that favours the Europeans, but it's a damn sight fairer, and more representative of a world sport, than golf.
I know three of the four majors are held in America because that's where they've always been and the concept was dreamed up there.
Nevertheless, football's European Cup, the predecessor of the Champions League, was the brainchild of two French journalists.
Does that mean the final is always held in Paris? Of course not.
I'm old enough in the horns to know that tradition is everything in golf, as it is in many other sports. And that at the elite professional level it's money that always talks.
The chances of one - never mind two - of the Majors held in America being moved elsewhere are negligible.
That doesn't mean the case for spreading them around the world isn't compulsive and also correct.
Golf claims to be a world sport, but this concentration on the United States reveals it to be parochial.
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!