If you've ever been to Disneyland or a state fair before, you know that soldiering through the crowds while head down in a complicated site map is most of the battle of being in attendance. Oddly enough, The Masters Golf Tournament® is not much different as far as navigating goes.
Behind the allure and majestic nature of the event lies a compact course overflowing with onlookers trying just as hard as you are to figure out the best way to tackle the beast of being in attendance.
But navigating The Masters® can be easy if you have the right tips and guidance in place and have purchased your tickets through QuintEvents. By purchasing with QuintEvents, you have the option of adding either 1018 Club or Gate 6 hospitality to your experience, giving you a easy way to schedule out your day.
If you've chosen either of our hospitality options, you should become a master at getting around Augusta National® and fully optimizing each of your days at the course.
Navigating a Day at The Masters Golf Tournament®
When you arrive to the grounds at Augusta National® early in the morning, make sure to stop by hospitality for breakfast before entering the course. You can grab a variety of breakfast items to adequately fill you up and provide energy for your long day of spectating. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. at 1018, and 7:30 a.m. at Gate 6.
After breakfast, it's time to head to the course. Patrons are afforded three gate entries per day, so this your first. If you're coming from 1018 Club, enter through the North Gate off of Washington Road and head over to check out the practice green to start your day. If you're coming from Gate 6, enter through the North Gate or the South Gate off of Berckmans Road.
From here, you can spend your morning either sticking to a tee off spot you prefer, or following your favorite golfer who has an early tee time.
While most guides would tell you to hit The Masters® gift shop immediately when you get their in the morning, it isn't actually necessary. The truth is that the shop is always crowded, so it doesn't matter the time that you go, but rather the day. If you're looking for a clothing item or trinket to remember your time at Augusta National®, we recommend just going on your first day at the tournament.
Okay, so after a few hours of getting your bearings and exploring the course, you are ready for lunch. Head out of the course and back to your hospitality, but now is the time to actually go to the gift shop since you pass it right as you're leaving. Grab a few things and make your way back to the 1018 Club or Gate 6 hospitality. The perks of going shopping at this point is that you can store your recently purchased items, or anything else you have on your person, at the hospitality and pick it up later in the day. This way you don't have to be bogged down with carrying around a bag full of polo shirts all day.
Grab a premium lunch to fuel you through the second half of the day. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. at the 1018 Club, so that's the earliest you can arrive if you're expecting a meal.
After lunch, take a shuttle back to the course from 1018 or walk back in from Gate 6, and use your second entry of the day. At this point, you can choose to watch some of the players with later tee times get started, or see others finish up their afternoons on the back nine.
How you spend the rest of the afternoon is really up to you. You have one more entry left, so if you need to exit the course, or want to go relax in hospitality for a little bit, you can. 1018 Club closes at 7 p.m. and Gate 6 hospitality closes at 9 p.m., so make sure you plan accordingly if you want to eat dinner there. Many patrons will watch the end of the days round at about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and then head back to hospitality to finish out the day with a hearty meal. It's all about what you want to do.
So, what else? You may still be wondering about what are the best practices are when you're actually exploring the course at Augusta National®. Don't fret — we've collected information on some of the best spots to watch The Masters® from, both in comfort and ability to see the best shots, from our several employees who have walked around the course on several occasions.
Best Spots to Watch The Masters® at Augusta National®
Behind No. 6 Green
This spot gives you the best of both worlds. From this vantage point, you get to watch the approach shots to the green on No.6, while also being able to turn around and see the tee shots on No. 7. If you keep your head on a swivel, you won't miss any of the action.
Left Fairway on No. 10
This spot is optimal for comfort throughout the day as it's one of the most shaded areas at Augusta National®. It also gives you a good view of both the tee off and approach shots from this hole.
No. 13 Green
For true lovers of the sport, this par-5 puts every golfer to the test. With a creek outlining the outskirts of the green, spectators can watch as golfers try to avoid one of the most menacing traps out of all 18 holes.
Behind No. 16 Tee
Similar to the allure of being behind the No. 6 green, this spot gives you a great view of the start of No. 16 and the green on No. 15. But there's another bonus to this spot — it is right next to the concessions and restrooms.
This is the most famous spot of the whole course. Beware of crowds, but Amen Corner is a popular spot for a reason — it offers views of the second half of No. 11, all of No. 12, and the back half of No. 13.
Be at The Masters® 2019!
Now that you know how to get around at The Masters®, make sure you are there in April! Choose from grounds access to practice or tournament rounds (or both!) and enjoy your experience with one of our incredible hospitality options and local accommodations!