Masters Practice Round tips...for those that have been?

Hey
Friend of mine got lucky in the draw this year, so a few of us are headed down to Augusta for the practice round of this years Masters.
Few questions for anyone who's been.
1. Can you bring a camera in on practice days? I've got a nice DSLR that I wouldnt want to bring and then have to leave at the gate, if its not allowed in.
2. What time do the gates open? What time do you recommend getting there?
3. What are the chances of us chasing Tiger around?
And on a related note, we're bookending the trip with some golf in the Atlanta area...
We're thinking about playing the University of Georgia course, and one called 'Reunion Golf Club', both pretty highly recommended.
If anyone has another suggestions, or experiences playing at either of those, would be much appreciated!
Thanks
Daryl
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Yes, a camera is a MUST on practice round days.
I'd get there around 7am if you want to maximize your day. That should get you a nice, close parking spot and some time to do some shopping before the course opens for spectators. FYI, the main gate opens earlier than the "course" opens--this makes the main shopping area, restroom area, and concession stand available before the posted opening time.
DO NOT pay for parking. Parking is FREE in Augusta National owned lots.
The courses are nice ones...good picks.
Have fun!
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Hey
Friend of mine got lucky in the draw this year, so a few of us are headed down to Augusta for the practice round of this years Masters.
Few questions for anyone who's been.
1. Can you bring a camera in on practice days? I've got a nice DSLR that I wouldnt want to bring and then have to leave at the gate, if its not allowed in.
2. What time do the gates open? What time do you recommend getting there?
3. What are the chances of us chasing Tiger around?
And on a related note, we're bookending the trip with some golf in the Atlanta area...
We're thinking about playing the University of Georgia course, and one called 'Reunion Golf Club', both pretty highly recommended.
If anyone has another suggestions, or experiences playing at either of those, would be much appreciated!
Thanks
Daryl
1. Yes you can bring a camera
2. Get there early gates open at 7am if I remember correctly, there is a security check you have to go through so get there early.
3. Tiger will definitely be there, he might not play a full 18 but on Tuesday he was there when I was there, we followed him for a few holes without much difficultly. (he was FIRST out in the morning so he wasn't there during the peak time)
Bring your walking shoes!!!
Augusta is a hilly course, lots of hiking in between holes.
Make sure you sit at Amen corner for a while.
Check out the Par 3 course on Monday/Tuesday as you are aloud to walk it and snoop around on it
The range is pretty cool, lots of autograph opportunities and a nice viewing deck
Here is the crowd around Tiger EARLY in the morning on Tuesday at Augusta, he was on #4. About 1-2 rows deep.
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And here is the crowd at around 11am when he was teeing off on 18. About 6-10 rows deep. A little difference to say the least...
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You should be able to get most of your questions answered here:
As far as catching Tiger, get there as early as possible and you might catch him on the back nine. He typically gets to the course VERY early and tries to get as much of his practice round in before the crowds show up.
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Hey
Friend of mine got lucky in the draw this year, so a few of us are headed down to Augusta for the practice round of this years Masters.
Few questions for anyone who's been.
1. Can you bring a camera in on practice days? I've got a nice DSLR that I wouldnt want to bring and then have to leave at the gate, if its not allowed in.
Absolutely, cameras are not a problem. I had a bid DSLR with me last year on Monday and Tuesday.
2. What time do the gates open? What time do you recommend getting there?
Gates open at 8 a.m., I think we got there around 7:00-7:15. So we were through security and waiting by the gate when they opened them.
3. What are the chances of us chasing Tiger around?
Should not be too big a hassle, he starts early, he was approaching #1 green as we entered the gates, we were right there when they opened them. Definitely want to see the whole course though, I made the mistake of getting stuck a few places and did not see everything.
And on a related note, we're bookending the trip with some golf in the Atlanta area...
We're thinking about playing the University of Georgia course, and one called 'Reunion Golf Club', both pretty highly recommended.
If anyone has another suggestions, or experiences playing at either of those, would be much appreciated!
Thanks
Daryl
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Great tips!
Thank you!
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Definitely get there early if you can, especially if you want the chance to see Tiger.
Plan on there being traffic. Make sure you've got gas, nobody has to piss, etc because it will take you some time to get from the expressway to the parking lot. (and out of there at the end of the day too)
Wear comfortable shoes.
Have a great time! The practice rounds at the Masters are one of the few experiences left in professional sport where as a spectator you can feel like a king, imo. I've got my fingers crossed for next year's lottery!
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Also, bring lots of money for souvenirs! They are priced fairly but you will go overboard once you get in the shops. However, food and drink are very inexpensive.
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Congrats on the tickets. Got them myself last year after 9 years of trying. One day only, 2 tickets on Wednesday. It must have been meant to be. The entire day was sunny and 72. Perfect.
Everyone here has pretty much answered the questions. Park on the grounds. Its free and easy. Traffic is a bit of a bear, but the City routes it nicely. We too stayed in Atlanta. Didn't get to play any golf, but stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead for a couple of days. Had some great food. I highly recommend the Buckhead Diner. You may know this already, but Atlanta is further than I thought (about 3 hours to Augusta).
I can honestly say I've never been to a sporting event that is run as efficiently and as well as the Masters. Even the lines for the men's restroom was monitored and moved with precision. Absolutely no gouging on food prices. For lunch, my wife and I each had a BBQ sandwich, split a pimento cheese (tradition), 2 bags of chips, split a Coke and a Moon Pie. Grand total was under $15. No joke. Beer was $1.50. Compare that to the Ryder Cup this past year. I took my daughter. We had each had a hot dog, coke and split a bag of chips and just that was over $25. Now Augusta makes it up in the Pro Shop. While all the merchandise is fairly priced, you spend a ton. I think I blew like $750. You just never know if you'll ever get to go back!!
Kind of luck of the draw on seeing various players. Honestly, for me following players came in second. I was there to see Augusta National and it was everything I thought it would be.
Enjoy and take lots of pictures.
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We're thinking about playing the University of Georgia course, and one called 'Reunion Golf Club', both pretty highly recommended.
If anyone has another suggestions, or experiences playing at either of those, would be much appreciated!
Thanks
Daryl
I played all last summer at the UGA course. The general consensus is that it is a very nice course being public and pretty inexpensive. I think it is very well balanced. The fairways and greens are all very well maintained. If you have any questions just ask.
I'm also hoping to go the Masters this year. I'll have to see if my distant relations come through for me.
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I've been many times and I tell other first-time goers, SHOP FIRST!
Go straight to the "shopping village" and get shopping out of the way FIRST! You can get in and out of the store fairly quickly early in the day. Later in the day, it is a madhouse and some of the better looking shirts are gone, esp. in L and XL. Second, after you shop - go the the storage area (right outside the store to your left). They will hold your purchased items for you while you walk the grounds. They will even ship the items for you anywhere you wish for a very reasonable amount. They will pack all you items in 1 or 2 boxes and mail them off. If you don't wantto ship, like I said - they wil just hold them for you until you are done for the day. I do this every time I go and I've never had a problem. I have had several friends ship their stuff home and they've never had a problem. Don't be tempted to buy stuff from the small kiosks right outside the grounds. Their shirt select is nothing like what's inside.
Second tip - Eat early!! The lines for food and drinks gets CRAZY around 11am, though they can move quickly. But if you eat early (just before regular lunch time) you won't spend 30-40 minutes in line. Go thru the line about 10:30 and eat 6 or 7 pimento cheese sandwiches, a few pulled-pork sammies, some egg salad, etc..... then you'll be set. Food/drink is very cheap!
If you get there early, don't plan on spending all day out there. You will be "wiped" by 1pm. I promise you! Shop, walk the course, eat some food, check out the driving range, go see the par 3 course, go walk around the clubhouse, go back to the practice putting green, take your picture in front of Butler Cabin. I assure you, by then - you and your companions will be ready to go!
Finally, as you leave - sell your day pass to someone outside the gate for $10-15 bucks, so they can go in for the rest of the afternoon. Or (if you a feeling kindly) - just give it away - but not to a scalper!!
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FYI for those who have always wanted to go to The Masters.........
Going to see practice rounds is a breeze!! Yes, it's nice to get tickets via the lottery, but it is VERY EASY to get a day pass to anyday of the practice rounds (esp. Mon and Tues) just outside the gate on Washington Ave. Scalpers are all over the place and will sell you a day pass for $50.00. Later in the day (like after 2pm) you can get them for $30.00. However, the cheapest way to go is they way I described above. If you stand outside the gate on Washington Ave. in the afternoon and ask people leaving Augusta after walking around all morning, they will sell you their daypass for very cheap.....and sometimes just GIVE IT to you. Just be polite! Most are willing to sell to recoup some of the $$$$$ they just shelled out! When I go to practice rounds, I will sell mine for $10 or give it away to very nice kids.
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try to see all 18 holes
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walk the whole course. thats what I do
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Depending on where you are staying you might want to google map the courses you are looking to play. Athens is 80 miles from here and Reunion is a good 40-50 I think. Both great tracks though. And you cant beat Athens in warm weather. The co-eds are as Borat would say NICE! ooh and do what everybody says here at the tournament. Might see you there
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places to go at Augusta:
* driving range
* putting green/tee box 1 and 10 (all together)
* 300 yards down the fairway at 2
* tee box at 3 (a lot will hit driver)
* green at 5/tee box at 6
* green at 7 (crazy small and undulated)
* tee box at 8
* green at 9
* Amen Corner
* right greenside bleachers at 15 (where you can also see 16 green)
* 16 green/17 tee box
* 18 tee box and green
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For anybody who wants to go and does not have tickets, the deals on ebay are pretty good compared to previous years..monday tickets going for as low as $150
just for info.
I have mine already!
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I went on Wed. back in '03 and we payed $10 and parked in this nice lady's front yard...haha...it was around 100 yrds to the gate entrance between 13 green and 14 tee box. Get there around 8 or 9am at the very latest. Not sure how it is since all the recent changes, but I stood on 11 tee box for a good bit of the morning and got very close to all the pros walking up (about 15 ft. max). Def. check out 1 tee box, the putting green, driving range. I do recommend their sandwiches...ham, turkey, egg salad...all are awesome.
I also have played the UGA course many times when I played on the Georgia Junior Tour. Very good course. Not too long but a good bit tight course if I remember correctly.
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Tee box at 11. Doesn't get much traffic. Can get close to players and appriate the beauty and difficulty on that tee shot. Have fun!!
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A camera is a must, many great photo ops. Augusta National is a very hilly course so wear comfortable shoes. A great place to take a rest break from walking around are the bleachers at the 16th tee. The players after hitting their tee shots drop another ball at the edge of the pond. They take out a mid to long iron and try to skip the ball across the top of pond to the green. The players and fans really get into it. The more skips the louder the cheers. Also if you are going take a picture in front of the clubhouse by the famous flower planter of the USA w/ the Masters flag. Do it in the morning the line gets real long in the afternoon. The Par 3 course is another must see. Have a great time and bring a credit card because you will send a bundle in the gift shop. I know I did.
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The UGA golf course is pretty good, Reunion is just okay.
For better golf, I'd recommend the following in the same very general area:
Long Shadow
The Georgia Club
Reynolds Plantation
Enjoy. There simply isn't another sporting event anywhere in the United States that is run as effectively as the Masters. The whole experience is amazing, even for practice rounds, you feel like the entire place is bending over backwards to make the day enjoyable for the patrons.
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I don't think anyone's mentioned this but a big rule at Augusta National is NO CELL PHONES. They are very, very serious about this. If you are caught just having a cell phone on your person, they will pull your pass and whoever's name it's under will be removed from the lottery for all Masters' tournaments in the future. Period.
Good walking shoes is good advice. The course is much hillier than it appears on television.
My personal favorite thing to do on practice day was hang out at 16. Most players after hitting their tee shots will give in to the crowd's chant of "Skip! Skip! Skip!" They'll drop a ball at the edge of the pond and fire a shot that skips across the water and hopefully onto the green. I saw Justin Rose skip one to within five feet of the hole (much better than his tee shot).
I went to the practice round in '07. Here are few pics.
Tiger and O'Meara at 13:
Tiger walking with O'Meara's caddy down the the 14th fairway:
This is the rough at Augusta. Better than most public course fairways I've been on:
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also, dont wear golf shoes to watch the tournament like the tool in the picture is doing.
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Haha...Definitely not!
Thanks again...I'll check out those other course recommendations as well, as we haven't booked the golf yet.
We've got a hotel in Augusta booked for the Monday night.
We were planning to golf UGA Monday as it was headed east, out towards Augusta...figured we could sneak in 36 and make it to Augusta that night....
Practice round for the day and then grab a hotel on the way out that night, somewhere close to where we're golfing on Wednesday. Considering its a 3 hour drive between Atlanta and Augusta, we're trying to halve some of that distance if not more if possible.
Then another sneaky 36 before the flight home Wednesday night!
(the full week plans we had got shortened so we're trying to make the most out of the golf we get in!)
Ha
Thx
Daryl
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also, dont wear golf shoes to watch the tournament like the tool in the picture is doing.
Thought golf shoes are for wearing on the course? And im sure with agusta being as undulating as it is, it would be sensible to wear golf shoes.
Jack
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Haha...Definitely not!
Thanks again...I'll check out those other course recommendations as well, as we haven't booked the golf yet.
We've got a hotel in Augusta booked for the Monday night.
We were planning to golf UGA Monday as it was headed east, out towards Augusta...figured we could sneak in 36 and make it to Augusta that night....
Practice round for the day and then grab a hotel on the way out that night, somewhere close to where we're golfing on Wednesday. Considering its a 3 hour drive between Atlanta and Augusta, we're trying to halve some of that distance if not more if possible.
Then another sneaky 36 before the flight home Wednesday night!
(the full week plans we had got shortened so we're trying to make the most out of the golf we get in!)
Ha
Thx
Daryl
Some courses east of metro ATL raise their greens fees significantly during Masters week so watch out for that.
The UGA golf course and Reunion are quite far north. Particularly the UGA golf course is nice, but probably not worth going out of your way to play. Between Atlanta and Augusta, I highly recommend both Long Shadow and any of the Reynolds Plantation courses. They were replacing the greens on the Great Waters course at Reynolds Plantation not long ago, I don't know if that is finished. Long Shadow is a great layout and a BEAST if you play from the tips. Opened either last year or the year before and I think the real estate gamble out there did not pan out. The course is great but not sure if they have gotten around to building a clubhouse - last time I was there they were still operating from a construction trailer. If you are there just to play golf, you won't be disappointed.
Enjoy - PM me if you want any additional information.
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also, dont wear golf shoes to watch the tournament like the tool in the picture is doing.
If it rains.....be a tool and WEAR GOLF SHOES......
the walkways get extremely slick..and the course is VERY hilly.....you will see plenty of "non-tools" with nice shoes...with mud stained pants after they fall....
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If you are driving from Atlanta the UGA course is only about 20 extra miles, no reason not to.
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Take a Camera. If you want my recommendation of a great spot to see some action, go to 15 and stand between 14 and 15 about 150 yards from the 15th green. From there you can see a lot. You'll see guys hitting long irons into 15 then practicing the little 90 yard shot if they layup. You will be amazed at how many of them will chunk it in the water. It is a much harder shot than you think. Great spot for pictures. Also, if I were you I would wear flip flops. There is not a better feeling in the golf world than walking barefoot around Augusta National! And FYI.....if you wear golf shoes, I hope you choke on the $2 pimento cheese sandwich! Have fun.
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Suggest you walk the back nine first -- a must do so when you watch on Sunday you have a real feel for what the players are looking at--nothing like it enjoy!!!