How to Enjoy Your Experience at The Masters®

    By Darragh Farrelly

    It’s your first time to The Masters® at Augusta National®. You’ve done it, you have finally made it to the Mecca of golf and you are here for the week to soak up all the action.

    Stepping onto the hallowed turf of this special place for the very first time gives you the chills; the drive down Magnolia Lane, the calmness, the patrons laid back attitude, the tradition of it all. The Masters® is simply incomparable to any other sporting event. If you’ve never been before, there is a certain expectancy in how to conduct yourself.

    Masters Clubhouse.jpgThere’s an order to how things are done at Augusta National®. While the masses will descend upon the practice rounds starting from Monday to Wednesday, you sense the part-like atmosphere on the Wednesday. Take in the pros running the rule of the Championship course in the morning, while in the afternoon watch the likes of Jack Nicklaus tee it up. Here, you will also see some of the biggest celebrity names and participants’ kids become caddies for the day. You are mostly likely to see an ace on the second hole, which measures at 70 yards.

    Arrive early. That’s some of the soundest advice you will get for your golfing week. Patrons will arrive at the crack of dawn to secure a roped off spot for their chairs. The ceremonial opening tee shot is a sight to behold. In recent years, Nicklaus and Gary Players have hosted these duties, and is a truly mesmerizing tradition to kick off the year’s first Major. Attendance on Thursday around the course is dispersed seen as though there are no leaders to follow, so it provides you the perfect chance to watch your favorite players because once the weekend comes, they might be absent.

    Amen Corner.pngIf you are wanting to follow a specific group, securing a nice spot atop a hill or bleachers is recommended. There is an area behind the 12th tee where you can capture all of Amen Corner (11th green, par-3 12th and the par-5 13th).

    Word of wisdom; DO NOT RUN and don’t bring your cell phone onto the course. Whether it’s rushing to refuel at our hospitality venue, The Tradition, or to see McIlroy sinking a birdie putt on seven, running is frowned upon and you will be warned. Unlike every other PGA TOUR event, cell phones are prohibited, so we recommend leaving it in your hotel room.

    Wear comfortable shoes. Golf shoes are permitted, metal spikes are not. Having comfortable footwear is key, you are going to be covering a lot of ground!

    Embrace it all. This is The Masters®, it’s the biggest week in all of golf. Pose for a picture in front of the famed Clubhouse, take strategized trips to the merchandise shop – you will purchase gifts here, we recommend doing it before Thursday and follow your favorite players.

    Bring an appetite. Yep, you heard that right. The Masters® is renowned for its delicacies, and with exclusive access to our hospitality venue, The Tradition, you will have the chance to re-fuel with breakfast and lunch buffets, with cocktail hours and premium open bars to help you through the day.

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends.