The first full week of every April, golf’s elite descend on Augusta National® in Georgia for golf’s first major event of the year, The Masters®. “A tradition unlike any other,” the tournament began in 1934 as the brainchild of tournament co-founder, Bobby Jones. Ever since, the year’s first major has lived up to its name, providing unrelenting entertainment each year and memorable performances throughout its history.
Ahead of this year’s event, which takes place April 3rd through the 9th, we look at some of our favorite traditions at golf’s most-famed event.
Held on the Tuesday of the tournament week every year since 1952, the champion from the previous year’s Masters® hosts a dinner for all past champions and a few members of Augusta National®. The host champion has the honor of choosing the menu for the evening, and the dinner serves as a time for some of the game’s greatest players to honor and enjoy each other away from the course. In the past, everything from Thai food (Vijay Singh) to cheeseburgers (Tiger Woods) have been served.
The Par-3 Tournament
A crowd and player favorite, this nine-hole par-3 tournament is one of the more popular traditions of Masters® week. While some of the game’s players will decline to participate, legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have been staples of the event in the past. Many players invite their children to act as caddy, with some famous faces from outside of golf sprinkled in. A light-hearted lead-in before the serious competition, no par-3 winner has gone on to win The Masters® that week.
Skipping Balls on 16
A tradition tied into the par-3 tournament and practice rounds, players will go to the water’s edge on the par-3 16th hole (its guarded by a large pond in between the green and the tee box) and attempt to skip balls across the pond by hitting them with a club.
The roof is raised by the crowd should a player successfully find dry land.
Ceremonial Opening Tee Shot
Though legends of the game will not take part in the tournament itself, int he past legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have taken part in the ceremonial opening tee shot to kick off the tournament. A symbolic moment to begin the year’s first Major, Arnold Palmer will be sadly missed this year.
The Splendor of Magnolia Lane
For those of us who have been fortunate enough to travel this 300-year stretch of land, it is an experience you are highly unlikely to ever forget. The entrance to Augusta National® reserved for members and players, golf’s most famous road is lined by magnolia trees each side of it.
During tournament week, fans will line up for hours to get a picture of the iconic flower bed shaped as the US flag.
Augusta National®’s Delicacies
Augusta’s food menu is almost as famous as the course itself! The iconic pimento cheese sandwich is incredibly popular with patrons (and a steal at $1.50!), as well as the tasty egg salad sandwich. The course is famed for carrying no brands, with offerings such as “Classic Cola” and “Domestic Beer” available.
The Green Jacket
Arguably the most famous prize in all of sports, the Green Jacket is awarded to the winner of the tournament each year, and presented by the previous year’s winner on the 18th green. Players keep a hold of their jackets for a year before returning them the club where they are stored for events on the course.
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