One of four major professional golf championships in the U.S., the Masters Tournament is the first played each year. The tournament is always the first week of April at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. In 2016, the tournament runs from April 4 to 10. If you want to see it live, you might be out of luck if you are not already a club member or have a club member friend who will chaperone your attendance (yes, guests must have a chaperone). However, you can fill out an application to purchase tickets for the 2017 tournaments. If you made the cut or are an invited member, congratulations! When you fly to the Masters Tournament in your private jet, enjoy the best that Augusta offers, including the club’s coveted pimento cheese spread.
Where to Sleep
One of the more comfortable accommodation options during your stay in Augusta is through the Masters Housing Bureau, which facilitate the rental of local homes. The Augusta National Golf Club has sanctioned the rental bureau since 1970. It only allows listings that meet the highest hospitality industry standards. Rental options range from condos to large family homes.
The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Partridge Inn is one of the area’s most upscale accommodations and is less than three miles from the Augusta National Golf Club. The exterior drips with classic Southern charm with its colonial-style architecture, while the interior blends traditional touches with modern twists. The penthouse suite overlooks the city.
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
Situated on the banks of the Savannah River, the August Marriott is less than five miles from the Augusta National Golf Club and is in close proximity to local attractions. Most of the suites have a city view, but the Junior Suite offers a river view.
- The best views: While you can huddle with the crowds in an attempt to watch your favorite athletes, you might not see much. Try an observation stand instead. The stand at Amen Corner allows you to see the 15th green and 16th tee, making it popular. Another good stand is behind the number 8 green because you can see the 8th green, 1st green and number 9 tee. Other good spots include:
- Hole 4: See the number 4 tee and the number 3 green
- Hole 7: See down to the second and third fairways, the 17th fairway, number 7 green and number 8 tee
- Hole 12: Located in Amen Corner, you can see the approach to number 11, the 12th hole and tee shots at number 13
- Hole 16: See tee shots at number 17, as well as the greens at numbers 6, 15 and 16
- Hole 18: See approach shots to the final green, as well as many holes
- Do not bring: Leave the following in your hotel room or security may remove you from the grounds and take away your credentials:
- Cell phones
- Electronic devices
- Large bags and purses
- Banners, flags and signs
- Coolers and containers in which you can carry beverages or food
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chairs that are not collapsible and have armrests
- Periscopes (binoculars are OK)
- Video and voice recording or transmission devices
- Pets that are not service animals
- Etiquette: Avoid the following faux-pas:
- Asking athletes for autographs
- Buying or purchasing tickets within 2,700 feet of the property
- Wearing golf shoes with metal spikes
- Wearing baseball caps backwards
- Fishing in the fish-full ponds
- Leaving guests that you invite unaccompanied