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Vaquero
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Must do's at the Masters
I'm taking my dad to the Master's this Saturday as neither of us have ever been and it's always been on our bucket lists. I've been taking notes from others that have been on things to do the day of the tournament. Suggestions I've gathered so far are:

-Arrive early. I've been told they've been known to open the gates early, so the earlier the better in regards to arriving.

-Go to the gift shop as soon as we are inside the grounds

-Once we finish at the gift shop, walk the course in reverse order to get a feel on where to post up later in the day

It's a rather short list, so I was hoping to get some suggestions from those who have been on where there favorite places are to catch a lot of the action. Also would love to hear of some good places around Augusta for dinner. If I recall, someone in the past had started a similar thread, but I'm having trouble finding so forgive my ignorance. Any and all info is much appreciated!


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favorite places are to catch a lot of the action


On the bank behind 12 tee. Looking at 11 green and watching 12.


sloopy
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re: Must do's at the Masters
As you said arrive early and hit the pro shop first thing. They let us in at like 7:20 this morning. Egg salad sandwich and peach ice cream sandwich for the win. Hope you have good weather.


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makersmark1
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re: Must do's at the Masters
Pick up the free brochure they provide.

Great suggestions from Bobby Jones himself on how to view the course.

The walk is beautiful, but very hilly.

I’ve been several times. It never gets old.

You might find shade down around the 15/16 green complex. Great place to see them go for 15 in two, putt 15, tee shot at 16 and putts on 16.

The green complexes are fascinating and it is fun to watch the pros chip, pitch and putt.
Some holes you can get very close to the green like 6 and 7. 13 has ropes up and you really don’t get to be near that green or 11 or 12.

14 green is an underrated spot. 7 green has some shade around it.



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re: Must do's at the Masters
they have landline phones that you can use to call people. write down a few numbers of people you want to troll in real life. call them, ask them what they are doing, when they ask what you are doing, tell them you are at the masters.


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610man
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re: Must do's at the Masters
Went yesterday, here are my thoughts.

-Arrive early
-Shop early, good stuff still around, plus, hopefully you can have bags checked, so you don't have to carry them around
- 14 grandstand you can see 13 green and 14 tee box
- 18 green is right by 9 green
- See Amen corner early, may not be as crowded there early.
- Food is, as you know, cheap, drinks too.
- Course is super hilly, so hydrate and get ready to walk.
- From talking to others about tournament days, you need to decide if you are going to follow someone or park it on a hole. If you follow someone, I was told when they tee off you want to be in the fairway, when they are hitting their approach shot, you want to be near the green. Stay a shot or 2 ahead of the player you are following.
- Have a plan and knock it out, it is an unreal, awesome experience.
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Shop early, good stuff still around, plus, hopefully you can have bags checked, so you don't have to carry them around

like to add to this, have a gameplan of what you want to buy in the giftshop. you can get lost in there. it fills up fast and is overwhelming. you can burn thru $500 in a hurry and not end up with that much stuff

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get ready to walk.

put on gold bond. you wont regret it


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re: Must do's at the Masters
I'd set my chair down somewhere prior to the gift shop and walking the course. I liked the area between 15, 16 greens. You can see them putt on 15, the entire hole on 16, and the 17th tee shot.

The place for dinner is T Bonz. Theirs a decent chance you'll see some of the players there.


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re: Must do's at the Masters
Get a couple chairs from the gift shop, put your names on them and place them where you want to sit. No one will bother them. Then walk the entire course then you can come back to your chairs.


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have a gameplan of what you want to buy in the giftshop


To add to this, if you are buying items for many people, right it down. You can't bring your phone so make sure your list is written somewhere other than your phone.

Not sure how you are getting to Augusta but we flew into Atlanta(one for KC, me from Gulfport) and drove the rest of the way. So after we purchased our gear, we went directly next door and shipped everything home. That was a Wednesday and I believe I received everything on Saturday. It was nice not carrying everything around all day. If you are driving in, simply bring everything back out to your vehicle. I believe you are allowed 3 re-entries on your pass.

Also make sure you make it around to the front of the clubhouse and have your picture taken in front of the yellow pansies and clubhouse.
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Big L
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re: Must do's at the Masters
Bring two chairs in. They have size restrictions and so we only brought in masters chairs. Send man #1 to your top preferred location. Can’t go wrong with 15/16 area. MAn #2 goes to shop to buy 2 more chairs to put them in a separate spot. Pic at least one green with a cool pin placement. You can then alternate between walking the course and sitting in your two spots. First row of chairs behind the ropes is awesome. As far as recommended areas to go, the entire back nine is great. Tee box of two and four and five are my least favorite spots. Green of two, seven are solid. Green of 10, bleachers on 11 green/12 tee is awesom.me. Green side at 15/16 is awesome. 18 green was hellacrowded so we never spent much time there.


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re: Must do's at the Masters
I also concur w 15/16

I personally have only been on a Tuesday. Watching the ones who put up in the closest to the pin skipping off the pond is worth it

I will not likely ever go on a tournament day. Best seat is at home


The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Must do's at the Masters
This is what I posted in a previous thread:

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Day of the Masters:

Do the free parking. It is closer than some of the pay parking.

Get there an hour before the gates open, they let you in early.

Buy your stuff as soon as you walk in. It helps if you have in your head what you're after. I had a list of what shirts and sizes I needed for my friends. If you go in there and are truly shopping, you could spend an hour just walking around. You can check your bag right next to the gift shop. That way you don't have to carry it or walk back to the car.

Grab a coffee and head to the course.

First thing is to walk the golf course. You can't get an appreciation for the course on TV. Start at the clubhouse by one tee and imagine all the great who have teed off there. It's truly surreal.

Don't be scared to snack all day. The mini moon pies are delicious. I basically hit the concession stand on every pass. it's really cheap, so why not.

I've never dropped a chair, but that's a product of who I've been with. I love the grand stand on 16. You can watch the par three, the second shot and on for the par 5 15th and you can see the tee shot on 17. Truly a non stop action spot, especially if the pin is in a good spot for 15 and 16.

Once you have walked the golf course, go towards the par 3 course and you can get your picture made on the other side of the club house. I have a picture there with my dad and it's something I'll always treasure. It's free and it doesn't take long.

For lunch, the bar b q sandwich is tops. Everyone loves the pimento, but it isn't for me. But I was there and I had to have one.

Hang out by one tee and you'll get to see a lot of famous people and golfers doing interviews.

5 green on the left side where you can see down the hill and watch 6 and 16 is awesome.

Bottom left of 10 is good just to see the severity of the slope of the fairway. Top of 10 green makes you wonder how anyone keeps it on the green.

Obviously amen corner is worth spending some time.

I hesitate to tell someone who has never been to spend time at the driving range, but it's always a good time. I hang out there while everyone is finishing up shopping. You get to see how really great these guys are. If you went on a tournament day, they shut the gates an hour after the last putt, so you can hang out at the range, extend your day and watch some good golfers practice.




I'd walk the course in the right order. If you do it early enough, there won't be anyone on it anyway, so you don't get the benefit of walking backwards (seeing different groups).

Once the last group goes through Amen Corner, it starts to thin out. My dad and I were the last two people on that part of the property one year and we had Amen Corner to ourselves. It was absolutely serene with no one out there.


I've been to the Zurich. I've watched pro golf before, I'll watch pro golf again. Getting a chance to go to Augusta is an experience in itself. Don't worry as much about the golf. Focus on the course. For the fan, the golf is secondary to the course.

My wife and I were talking about it today. The expectations for this trip are really high and this is one of the few things in life that even with high expectations, it always exceeds expectations.



Toula
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re: Must do's at the Masters
Been 3x.
Get early
Buy merch.
Check merch in.
Coffee and chicken biscuit.
Walk entire course before anyone tees off.

For practice rounds it's easy to bounce around and easily sit in bleachers on any hole.

For tourney rounds, you can follow some groups early, but recommend a landing spot early afternoon. Amen corner bleachers are great.


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TTownTiger
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re: Must do's at the Masters
Can you buy masters chairs anywhere before going into gate?


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re: Must do's at the Masters
I've only been once so can't give near as much advice as others, but as a few have mentioned in here, after hitting the gift shop first we beelined straight towards our desired sitting spot and dropped chairs (heads up chairs can't have armrests I believe). THEN we walked the course. Also the masters obviously has a certain type of attendee so you shouldn't be leery of dropping your chair and leaving it for a while.


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sloopy
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re: Must do's at the Masters
No. They don't sell masters merch anywhere besides the pro shops.

I'll also add that it was very sloppy out there yesterday. If they get anymore rain I'd think about wearing a pair of bean boots or similar. I was talking with one of the marshals and he said it was the wettest he has ever seen the course in his 12 years of volunteering.
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HDAU
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re: Must do's at the Masters
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On the bank behind 12 tee. Looking at 11 green and watching 12.


Buy chairs in the pro shop and take business cards to put in the chairs. I would personally go backwards down 18 then through the woods by 10 to the area between 11/12. Leave your chairs in a great spot that gives you a view of both 11 green and 12 tee. Then go walk the rest of the course. Nobody will mess with your chairs and you will have a great place to sit when things heat up that afternoon.


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If you want to see the whole course, unobstructed, get there early and walk the holes in order, before spectators fill in along the ropes. If you walk it backwards, you will run into traffic along holes on the front nine. Remember, it is a very hilly course.....if you, or your dad is not in fairly decent shape, you WILL tire out. Wear comfortable shoes. Shop early and leave at will call for when you leave following the round. Amen corner is a great location to catch a lot of action, and you can move easily to holes 14, 15, 17 and 18, from there. Dining out is up to you. Remember, there will also be 20,000 to 30,000 other people in Augusta over crowding local restaurants. Even if you make reservations, it will be very crowded. Enjoy, TV does it no justice. There is no sporting event like it!!!


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