Celebrating 80 Years of the Masters [Infographic]

81 years ago, retired golfer Bobby Jones decided to create the golf course of his dreams in Augusta, Georgia. The Augusta National Invitation Tournament, which would later be known as the Masters Tournament, was introduced the year after the course’s opening.  What started as an event that not even the New York Times felt necessary to cover has flourished into one of the premiere sporting events in the world.

Since the tournament began in 1934, the Masters has succeeded in maintaining its honor and prestige. This week, all eyes are once again on Augusta for the 2014 Masters Tournament. With this year marking the 80th anniversary of the first tournament, we’ve produced an infographic of Masters firsts. We hope you enjoy this look back on golf’s greatest event!

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Tickets to the Masters? Here’s what you need to know for 2014.

Masters is just around the corner and it seems everyone in our office is already buzzing about Augusta.  Having never attended the Masters myself, I wanted to get some first-hand insight into what everyone was talking about. I sat down with our COO Zach and VP of Sales Caroline, who have both attended the Masters in years prior (Caroline holds an impressive number of tournaments under her belt). During our discussion, I learned a lot about this iconic event.

Augusta National tournament

Augusta National tournament

Everyone talks about waking up at the crack of dawn for the Masters. What time should I actually plan to arrive at the course?

Caroline: 7:30 am-9 am is when traffic is at its heaviest, so be prepared!

Zach: You should also your day around what you really want to check out. When you’re going to a music festival, you want to make absolutely sure that you get to see your favorite band play – even if that means getting there earlier and sacrificing seeing another band. Same goes for the Masters! Planning is key.

Once I’m done planning my day and beating traffic, what should I know about actually being at the Masters?

Zach: Once you get inside the grounds, you can set your chair anywhere and not one person will sit in it or move it. This is great because you can freely walk the entire course without having to worry. Everyone is expected to be respectful. This is what makes The Masters so unique.

Caroline: Chairs have to be foldable and armless or else you can’t bring them onto the grounds. Also, cell phones are never allowed and pictures cannot be taken during tournament days.

Augusta National sees tons of famous figures walk through its doors. What are some of your experiences with celebrities at the Masters?

Caroline: You’re not supposed to ask for the players’ autographs. At one point I was standing right next to Tiger Woods’ mom. It’s best to just keep your cool.

Zach: I’ve eaten dinner at the same restaurants as some great golfers and been in the same vicinity as Fuzzy Zoeller while at the Masters. Like Caroline said, keep your cool. Be respectful.

Par 3 tournament

Par 3 tournament

I’ve heard tons about how unbelievably inexpensive the food is at the Masters. What’s your favorite concession stand item?

Caroline: I really love the pimento cheese sandwich.

Zach: Keep in mind that the pimento cheese sandwich is a distinctively Southern thing, so it might not be for everyone. I like the Masters club sandwich.

What about outside of the Masters? Where are some cool places to check out?

Caroline: The steakhouse TBonz is an awesome place to grab a place to eat. It’s also a “see and be seen” kind of place. Lots of golfers and celebrities tend to eat there. There’s a bar called Somewhere in Augusta that I really like as well. They have live bands playing on the weekends.

Zach: Calvert’s Restaurant is great. It’s definitely an old school fine dining place. Augusta doesn’t have a huge nightlife, but the Hooters off of Washington Road is good fun. John Daly was there once just to meet his fans. This is definitely an appropriate situation to ask for a picture or autograph, but you should still keep your cool of course.

 

We hope we’ve provided some helpful tips on the mystical golf wonderland that is Augusta National! If you have any Masters tips of your own, feel free to drop them in the comments section!

Memorable Moments at the Masters

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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.