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Tips from TicketCity: How to Get the Most Out of Your Masters Experience

Working at TicketCity comes with many perks, not the least of which is the chance to attend world-class live events. Several of our employees have regularly made the trip to Augusta each year to experience the best the golf world has to offer.

While the TicketCity team clearly has differing views on whether pimento cheese or egg salad is the sandwich of choice, perusing their tips and hints will give you the inside scoop on what to expect when you arrive at Augusta National, and allow you to get the most out of your Masters Experience.

Have some Masters tips of your own? Feel free to share them with us and other readers in the comments section below!

Ike’s Pond near Holes 8 and 9 on the Par 3 Course

Amy’s Masters Tips

  • Be sure to get in on one of the practice round days to capture photos of the Masters experience. And a photo of yourself in front of the leader board is a must!
  • Hit the gift shops as early as possible because the best merchandise goes quickly. There is a smaller gift shop near the front entrance of the course, but the main one is further in. If you’re buying souvenirs for friends, get their wish lists before you go!
  • One easy and affordable souvenir for yourself and friends is the durable plastic cups in which beer and soft drinks are served. The prices are cheap so buy them by the stack if they’ll let you. (Sometimes they insist they must actually serve you the drinks in the cups). And don’t leave without an egg salad sandwich. At their low prices you can enjoy a few!
  • The Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon is one of the most exciting places to be able to see some close up action. Perch yourself at Ike’s Pond near Holes 8 and 9 on the Par 3 Course. With a relaxed attitude, a gorgeous backdrop and a fun day of golf this is one of your best chances to get photos or autographs from golf’s greatest. It’s quite a view.

Caroline’s Masters Tips

  • If you pick a place to put your chair down, it’s safe to leave it unattended while you walk around.
  • You must try the pimento cheese sandwich.
  • Don’t forget to buy your souvenirs early, as they quickly sell out. Also, instead of carrying them around all day you can pay to have it shipped home, or the gift shop will hold it for your until the end of the day.
  • Cell phones are not permitted, but there are courtesy phones should you absolutely have to make a call.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the course is hilly and you will do a lot of walking.
  • It can be fun to pick a player that you like and follow them from hole to hole to see the course in its entirety.

Rafael’s Masters Tips

  • Only armless chairs are permitted. They are sold in the gift shop and are reasonably priced.
  • Everyone must have a ticket regardless of age.
  • Concessions are very reasonably priced.
  • Dress comfortably–you’re going to do a lot of walking.
  • Pimento cheese sandwich is overrated; the egg salad is underrated.
  • The 13th Hole is the most beautiful on the course.
  • Eat at T-Bonz at least once, not for the food.  It’s just part of the Masters experience.

Lindsey’s Masters Tips

  • You have to try the egg salad sandwich – I’m not a fan of the pimento cheese.
  • Don’t pay to park–there is TONS of free parking right across the street from the main entrance.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen – although they do sell it there.
  • Everything, except the clothes, is very affordable.
  • If you get a chance to go on a practice day don’t forget your camera. Keep in mind that this CANNOT be a phone camera, as phones are not allowed.

Zach’s Masters Tips

  • Pick one day to walk the entire course, so you see every single hole.  Then another day sit down and watch all of the action on one hole. A great spot is the grandstand behind hole #12 on Amen Corner. From there you can watch the action on the #11 green and the drama of par three on the 12th hole.
  • Bring a chair inside and set it up by 18 green. No one will move your chair and you can come sit at end of the day. Just mark your chair in an obvious manner because there will be hundreds of similar chairs setup by end of the day.
  • Buy your Masters merchandise early in the day & bring back out to leave at TC House (or lock in your car). The selections will start to run out later in the day.  And you don’t want to buy stuff and then have to carry it around all day.
  • Eat at Calvert’s Restaurant in Augusta. It’s the best meal in the city.  It’s also the most likely spot to see a golfer or celebrity.

Kelley’s Masters Tips

  • There is free masters parking but it runs out fast. There are paid lots around the course as well. More info here or you can tune into WGAC 580am for updated traffic and parking reports starting on Monday, 4/2.
  • The TicketCity house is located right down the street from Augusta National. It’s a great resource for free parking, light hospitality, last minute badges, etc.
  • You can’t have bags larger than 10”w x 5”h x 5”d.
  • Cell phones are not allowed on the grounds at any time.
  • Cameras ARE allowed during practice rounds, which is a great opportunity to takes some memorable pictures
  • On Wednesday at 12:30pm is the Par 3 contest. First played in 1960, the Par 3 Contest has become a beloved Wednesday tradition at the Masters. The Contest field includes Tournament participants, noncompeting past champions, and Honorary Invitees. There have been 73 holes in one in the Contest’s history, a record of five in 2002. No winner of the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win that year’s Masters. The Contest is very sociable—players often have their children caddie for them.

Get to Know TicketCity: Evan

TicketCity is thrilled to welcome our newest team member, Evan, to the family. Evan is our new Content & Event Specialist, which means he’ll be sprucing up the TicketCity web site with his amazing writing. We know he’ll fit right in around here, as he is a lover of all things sports and music, especially English Premier League soccer and the Texas Longhorns. Welcome to the team, Evan. We’re glad you’re here!

What was your major in college?

TicketCity's Content & Event Specialist, Evan.

Evan: Journalism & Government

What was your first job?

Evan: Sports Editor at the Southwest Times

What are some of your favorite things?

EvanMy dog Leila, Tottenham Hotspur, Texas Country music

Do you have any quirks?

Evan: Cracking my knuckles way too often

What would you choose as your last meal?

Evan: A steak at Au Pied de Cochon

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

Evan: Longhorn Football Saturdays

2012 Tournament Bracket

The bracket is set, so let the madness begin! Below is the most up-to-date version of the 2012 tournament bracket (click to expand). We’ll be updating this with all of the latest college basketball action throughout the tournament, so be sure to check back here for updates.

Want to catch the action in person? TicketCity has your tickets to follow your team through all rounds of the college basketball tournament. Click here to find yours today!

Also, don’t forget to enter TicketCity’s Bracket Contest for your chance to win BIG. The winner will experience the pinnacle of college sports excitement with a TicketCity gift card good towards tickets to each of the following events:

  •         2 tickets to the 2012 College World Series
  •         2 tickets to the 2013 BCS National Championship
  •         2 tickets to the 2013 Final Four Championship

OR any events you choose!

You must complete your bracket by 12:30 pm EST on March 15th to be entered to win. What are you waiting for? Make your picks for your chance to win big today!

2012 NCAA Conference Tournament Brackets

Having trouble keeping up with all of the college basketball madness? TicketCity is here to help!

Whether you’re rooting for the Big East, the Big 12, the SEC, the Big Ten, the Pac-12, or the ACC, TicketCity is ready to guide you in the right direction. All of the conference tournament brackets will be updated regularly on the TicketCity site. Simply click below on your conference of choice to be taken to the most up-to-date version.

Do brackets leave your head spinning? Still having a tough time deciding where to sit or for which session to purchase tickets? Give us a call at 1.800.SOLD.OUT. We’re here and ready to help seven days a week, standing by with helpful hints and a plethora of knowledge to make all of your basketball dreams come true.