The Mystique of Augusta

Few sporting events have the history and mystique of The Masters. While the epic duels and thrilling finishes are part of the reason, perhaps more responsible is the event’s location–Augusta National. The course has been host to the tournament every years since 1934, and each hole has has taken on a life of its own. As the world’s best get set tee off at Augusta on April 7, the golf world’s attention will be once again be turned toward the course and the surrounding city.

Nearly every hole at Augusta is steeped in history, but perhaps the most well known piece of the course is the 11th, 12th and 13th holes – more commonly referred to as Amen Corner. The three hole stretch has often determined who will be leaving with the green jacket and has been home to some of the most memorable shots in Masters history. In 1937, it was golf legend Byron Nelson that conquered Amen Corner, going birdie-eagle on the 12th and 13th on his way to the win.

But there are more than just famous holes to this piece of golf lore. The picturesque course is home to some iconic features as well – none more famous than Magnolia Lane. The main driveway from the road to the clubhouse, the street is lined with 61 beautiful magnolia trees more than 150 years old.

For fans heading to Augusta, the area is rife with activity outside of the tournament as well. The nightlife in the city is especially diverse and features something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for an upscale dance club, Vue is one of the most well-respected venues in the Augusta area and holds Masters-themed events all week long. Those looking to catch some early-season baseball action should head over to Somewhere in Augusta – a sports bar with plenty of televisions to satisfy even the most ravenous fan.

Not interested in a night out? No problem. There are plenty of other attractions as well. The old First Baptist Church is like a window into history with its austere Corinthian columns and is the perfect stop for those looking to take in some impressive architecture. Perhaps you’re just looking for a place to unwind after a day on the course? Augusta Common may be one of the city’s best hidden treasures, as the 2-and-a-half acre park offers beautiful views and relaxing scenery.

Masters in full swing…

Well not quite yet, but we’re only a few days away from the start of one of the most hyped Masters in recent years. Thanks to Tiger’s return, interest in the event has grown and golf fans everywhere want in on the action. Luckily badges are still available for those last-minute planners. TicketCity also has some incredible packages that include event entry plus hospitality.

For those who aren’t avid golf fans, experiencing the Masters is still a must. Here are a few tidbits about the Augusta National experience: 

* Botanical Beauty – Exclusive and revered, the course is dotted with bursts of blooming Azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees.  Every hole on the course is named for the scenery surrounding it.

* Magnolia Lane – Lined with over 60 magnolia trees planted before the Civil War, the inspiring scene is the perfect setting for pictures of the Founders Circle & Clubhouse.

* Economical Concessions – Don’t be fooled by the entry cost, once inside the grounds, food and alcoholic beverages start at less than $2.

* Polos and Putters – Stop in at the Masters gift shop - the only place to find official Masters memorabilia - then make your way to the putting green where the pros practice and autograph your gear.

Treat clients, family or friends to this unforgettable experience and secure your Masters badges or hospitality packages today!

Great golf is coming in 2010!

The PGA Tour is in full swing now and some of the best golf tournaments of the 2010 are fast approaching.  Visit our TicketCity golf page to see the full 2010 golf calendar.  Much of the focus for this golf season will be on the 4 golf major tournaments and the Ryder Cup.

The 4 golf majors will be visiting some of the legendary courses in golf this year.  The Masters is in its usual location at iconic Augusta National, which is one of the true treasures in the golf world.  The US Open Golf Tournament is being played at Pebble Beach Golf Club in California and the British Open Championship is at historic St. Andrews Golf Course, a place that many refer to as the home of golf.  The 2010 PGA Championship visits Whistling Straights Country Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. While the Ryder Cup will be played in the United Kingdom at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales.

You can buy golf tickets to any of these great events by visiting TicketCity or by calling to speak with our knowledgable Sales Associates.  Call 1-800-880-8886 to purchase golf tickets over the phone.

If you want to read more about these legendary golf courses or learn about which players are most likely to win a golf major in 2010, then visit our partners at Golf.com.  TicketCity has an exclusive partnership with Golf.com, which provides some of the best golf commentary and news that is available today.

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Struggling to find a great Father’s Day gift for dear old dad?  TicketCity can make finding something your Dad will really enjoy easier than ever.  From sports and concerts, to a gift card that he can use for any event, we’ve got you covered.  Take a look at some of our most popular events right now that your dad might enjoy:

10.  US Open Golf  Tickets are still available for this week’s event, and yet another potential Tiger and Phil battle.

9.   Aerosmith/ZZ Top  If your Dad’s a rocker, surprise him the chance to experience the A to Z Tour.

8.  College World Series  Todays games will take us one exciting step closer to the championship in Omaha.

7.  Billy Joel & Elton John  Cleveland, Boston, Seattle and Southern Calfornia still remain on their tour calendar.

6.   US Open Tennis  One of the best times of the year to visit NYC if your Dad’s a tennis fan.

5.  Eric Clapton  Get ‘em before he’s gone; tour dates only continue throughout June!

4.  NFL Football  Tailgates and touchdowns aren’t far away; be sure your dad is there to see his team this season.

3. Bruce Springsteen  Who doesn’t love The Boss?  A gift sure to please any father.

2.  College Football  Game tickets, season tickets end even some bowl tickets are available now.

And finally, our most popular Father’s Day gift…

1.  Ticket City Gift Cards  Good for all of the events above or any other event your Dad chooses, this gift is sure to please!

And remember for whatever event your father might enjoy, he’ll always need someone to go with him.  So this Father’s Day make your gift a present for yourself or the family as well.  Plan an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Need help with some more ideas?  Visit www.ticketcity.com or call 1-800-SOLD-OUT and one of our sales associates will help you find the perfect gift to make this Father’s Day one that Dad will remember!

Watch The Masters live…from your computer

For any fan of golf, there is no experience quite like stepping out onto the pristine fairways at Augusta National to watch The Masters.  When you are there in-person, everything about the course seems magical.  The grass is greener and softer than any you’ve ever seen.  The rough is sculpted so perfectly that it seems like a work of art.  The greens are more treacherous and undulating than any you’ve ever played.  The whole experience for a golfer is one that you’ll never forget.  I’ve been twice and cherish the memories I brought back each time.

But if you are not in Augusta, Georgia this morning (or close enough to get there), then you probably won’t feel that experience until the 2010 Masters.  You can do the next best thing today and watch the 2009 Masters coverage from your computer.  The Masters has teamed up with AT&T and IBM to create one of the best online sports sites.

You can visit Masters.com to watch live action from the Augusta National course in HD.  The Masters website features “Amen Corner”, which is the stretch of holes that includes #11, #12 (par 3) and #13.  They also are live streaming the 15th and 16th holes.  They even include picture-in-picture, so you can watch both sets of holes.  Truly amazing coverage from the Masters official website.