If your planning a trip to Augusta, Ga for the Masters, this is a great source to answer Frequently Asked Questions, to receive tips on viewing locations on the course and much more. Everything from dress code, parking, course hours of operation and what you can and can not bring onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club is here.
What you need to know about attending the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
Traffic Information: Listen to 95.1 FM or WGAC 580 AM for continuous traffic updates on the way to the course.
Course Hours: Gates open at 8:00am (except Thursday) and close approximately 6:30pm
IMPORTANT FAN NOTE: On Thursday at 7:40 am begins the Masters Ceremonial first tee shots by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Practice Rounds vs Tournament Rounds: There are two unique experiences, one relaxed and fun; the other intense and competitive. The practice rounds are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; spectators can bring cameras to take pictures and request autographs, Wednesday features the Par 3 contest in the afternoon. Thursday through Sunday include the live tournament rounds, very strict policies (no smart phones or cameras etc); the players are in a zone and trying to execute every shot in an effort to take home the prized "Green Jacket" on Sunday. Both options are still quality experiences and will satisfy your expectations, guaranteed!
Free Parking: Plenty of Free Masters Championship parking in designated areas between Washington and Berckman's roads near Publix. Officially there are more than 8,525 Free parking spaces within walking distance of the golf course. This is very unusual for a PGA Tour event, most events have continuous shuttles transporting fans to and from the golf course.
Concessions: Picnic grounds near Gate 6A and Gate 10. There are more than 10 concession locations throughout the grounds, easily accessible.
Merchandise Tent: (Gate 6A) Main location for Masters "Official" merchandise and souvenirs is located near entrance at Gate 6A, lesser known Merchandise area near Gate 9.
Dress Code: Dress appropriate to temperature and weather conditions. Average temps range between 73 - 80 degrees.
Shoes: Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, waterproof when necessary, keep in mind (No Metal Spiked Golf Shoes).
Restroom Facilities: Perfectly positioned all over the golf course with designated handicap access. The bathrooms are real, not the standard port-o-potty, they are well maintained with polite and funny attendants.
Scoreboards: One unique feature of Augusta National and the Masters is; the scoreboards are not electronic, rather, they are manually updated by humans all day long. They strategically placed so that both players and spectators can see them every few holes.
Masters Spectator Viewing Tips
Augusta National Golf Club is a fantastic place to watch the best golfers in the World compete for the coveted "Green Jacket". It's basically designed as a "Spectators Course" similar the concept used by the TPC called "Stadium Course". The outer boundaries of the course are higher than the middle, allowing patrons to easily look down on the players and their caddies. The course was way ahead of it's time from an architectural standpoint; it was designed in 1933 by the Legendary Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie.
Step 1 - Starting Times and Pairings Sheets: As soon as you arrive at the course, the first thing you should grab are the players pairings and starting time sheets, they are located in small mailboxes near the entrance gate areas and public areas.
Keep in mind; players will start their rounds on either Hole #1 or Hole #10, use the rule of thumb below for determining where you player will be.
After you grab your sheet, make a mental note that it's basically a 4 hour to 4 hours and 30 minute round. So if the player you are interested in tee'd off at 11:00 am you can expect him to be making the turn between Hole #9 and Hole #10 between 1:00pm and 1:15pm. (12 to 14 minutes per hole)
Observation Bleachers and Grandstands: They are located strategically around the course, great for a rest or a permanent location if you like the vantage point.
Viewing Tip: The greens for #10 and #18 are located at the top of the hill and are great locations to watch two holes at once. The spectator bleachers located in Amen corner allow patrons to watch the approach shot and putting on hole #11, tee shot and putting for hole #12. If you place your chair on a hole it will not be touched, many fans have a home base, then, walk around the course and come back.
(Hole # 6 Par 3 Over Water, Lot's of Action)
Amen Corner: Holes #11, #12, #13 are critical holes for the tournament golfers; you must at least pass through them and admire the legendary beauty of the Azaleas, Rae's creek and the lush green foliage.
Spectator Tip: Another great tip is the bleachers behind Hole #12, it's a par 3 over water and spectators can see the approach shots to hole #11 as a bonus. You may also want to know there are bathrooms and a large concession stand steps away from this fantastic viewing location.
Bobby Jones' Recommended Viewing Holes for Spectators / Patrons: Hole #4, Hole #7, Hole #12, Hole #16 and Hole #18
People Watching: The gigantic Oak tree located near Hole #1 and the Clubhouse is a fantastic place to check out; you will often see A-list celebrities, athletes and sports announcers and all the Augusta Members in attendance.
Driving Range and Practice Facility: This is a pretty cool place to see, you can sit in the bleachers behind the driving range and watch players warm up before or after their round. Some are relaxed and talking with their caddies and swing coaches, others are 100% focused on every pre round shot. Early in the week you'll often see Manufacturer reps from the big companies like Callaway, Ping, Titleist, Cleveland, Taylormade, Cleveland etc handing players new equipment to test. The practice area and driving range is located inside Gate 6A on the left.
Items Prohibited Inside The Gates at Augusta National
No Smart Phones, Tablets, Beepers, Pagers or Electronic Devices
No Backpacks, Purses, Packages or Bags larger than 10" W X 12" H X 12" D
No Cameras during tournament rounds Thursday - Sunday. Cameras are permitted Mon, Tue and Wed.
No Chairs with arm-rests. Folding chairs without arm-rests are fine. (No Rigid Chairs)
No Weapons of any kind
Can't bring in alcoholic beverages of any kind
No Containers or Coolers
No Banners or Signs
No Viewing Ladders or old school Periscopes (Binoculars are fine)
No Radios, TV's or Video Recorders