Attending the Masters Tournament is a bucket-list trip for golf and sports fans worldwide. However, if it’s your first time attending the Masters, you may wonder how to get there, where to stay and what to do. Luckily, with a few tips for going to the Masters for the first time, you can plan a great trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
How to Get Tickets for the Masters
While there is a lottery system in place, fans must submit applications online by the end of May the year before to qualify for tickets. Applicants will then have to wait until mid-June to learn whether they won a ticket.
Fans also have the option to attend the practice rounds, which still offer a great experience. These tickets are also available on the Masters’ website via a lottery system, but more are available, making it more likely that you can secure a ticket.
If you cannot get tickets from the main website, you can also purchase tickets through the secondary market. While these tickets are more expensive, you do not have the uncertainty of a lottery to contend with.
How to Get to the Masters
The best airport for Augusta, Georgia, will vary depending on your accommodations. Fans can choose between a direct flight to Augusta or flying into Atlanta, which is a two-hour drive from Augusta. You can also look into flying into the following locations and driving from the airport to Augusta:
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Savannah, Georgia
- Charleston, South Carolina
Where to Stay for the Masters
During the Masters, finding a hotel in or around Augusta can be challenging. Players will most likely reserve the best and closest hotels.
For most fans, the best place to stay for the Masters Tournament is a hotel or house rental near Augusta in one of the cities nearby. There are many local options, and many homeowners are willing to rent during the Masters, leading to a larger market and more competition.
What to Do at the Masters
There is a lot to enjoy once you make it to the Masters. Walking the course is an extraordinary experience as you take in the scenery and chat with fellow fans. You also have the option to save a spot behind the ropes by writing your name on a business card. By holding a site, you can come and go as much as you wish during the day, and your spot will still be there.
Once you get to the course, another essential destination is the merchandise pavilion, where you can buy what you need or souvenirs to take home. You can also mail any items that won’t fit in your suitcase with the on-site UPS. If you are hungry, you can check out the concession stand that features options ranging from sandwiches to beer. All beers also come in commemorative cups with the Masters’ logo for a fun keepsake.
Best Spots to Watch at the Masters
While the perfect spot to watch will depend on your personal preferences, some of the best places to watch the action include:
- The practice tee: The practice area is a great place to spend an hour and offers an up-close look at some of the best players in the world.
- Clubhouse by the oak tree: As the highest point on the course, the clubhouse offers panoramic views of the entire property.
- #2 tee box: The #2 tee box is behind trees and an ivy-covered brick wall. It is an ideal location for an intimate player experience.
- #7 green: When you arrive at the grandstand on the seventh hole you will see the entire seventh, third, second and eighth holes.
- #8 tee box: The eighth hole is uphill, making it a perfect place to see the best of the best unleash their power.
- Amen Corners (11-13): The three-hole stretch of the 11th, 12th and 13th holes, or Amen Corners, make or break players, making it the perfect place to see all the action or grab a snack from the local hospitality stand.
- #15 tee box: Enjoy views of the 15th hole and the putting surface of the 10th hole.
- #15 green: Watch the action on the 15th hole as well as the 16th hole. If you arrive during the practice session, you may see players skipping shots across the water onto the 16th green.
- #18 tee: Stand directly behind the players as they tee off at the 18th hole for a beautiful view of the final hole.
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