Masters 2012: We’re Just Getting Started

TicketCity got me to the 2012 Masters. I had the pleasure of being at the Par 3 contest on Wednesday where some of the world’s best golfers take on the Par 3 holes at Augusta National. It is the attitude and rigor of one of the toughest golf courses in the world mixed with the lightheartedness of family caddies, trick shots, and cameras on the golf course from the galleries.

The Masters means egg salad sandwiches for $1.50, a golf shop that rivals a department store, a golf course that makes The White House lawn look average, Snickers bars branded with the Masters logo, and patrons collecting plastic cups as souvenirs. The Masters is a spectacle more than a golf tournament, and TicketCity can get you there, too.

Sean Adams, a former NCAA All-American athlete, hosts the top-rated show “The Adams Theory” on Austin’s #1 sports radio station, 104.9 – ESPN Austin, and has also been a part of television shows and specials for FOX, ABC, the NFL Network, CBS, and other media outlets. Sean will be a guest author on the TicketCity blog.

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.

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.