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Have another thread regarding driving directions up to the Master's, which have been answered. A member also invited me to view the entry system his company developed for that tournament, which I will certainly do, but that got me thinking....dangerous I know.

For those of you who have been and really know the routine, is there anything I should be making certain to check out. My last time there in 2004 was simply spent walking around, but is there things that I can purchase, be there very early to get passes to, stuff like that which would really make the day memorable, in addition to the course. She's magnificent on her own I know.

Just seems like I'm the last to find out about hidden, secrete, in the know type of stuff and if any of you are aware of anything other then just walking the grounds I'm all ears.

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Picked up my two full week badges last weekend I have seriously considered selling them.
Week long badges are now in the 5 figure range holding on until the weekend then may let them go to the highest bidder. I went last year and it truly is one of the best in the sport of golf.
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Originally Posted by kinnakeettom View Post
Picked up my two full week badges last weekend I have seriously considered selling them.
Week long badges are now in the 5 figure range holding on until the weekend then may let them go to the highest bidder. I went last year and it truly is one of the best in the sport of golf.
Ok First off.........I Hate You!!!......rofl:

Second. If caught selling, I do believe you lose them for life!. Is it really worth that?

Third.....this thread is supposed to be about my experience there.
Any tips, great viewing spots, hidden programs that only locals know about???
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It ain't Disney World, although current attempts by the membership seem to be taking it in that direction.

For my money, the best time to enjoy the course is first thing in the morning. Get there when the gates open, when the world is quiet and simply enjoy walking the course. This is at least half the experience. You'll want to see the clubhouse and take pics under the live oaks, you'll certainly want to drink in Amen Corner. You'll be quite close to the players virtually anywhere you go. Don't be surprised when they act like gentlemen and say hello. In the days when Palmer was allowed to play, he would stop his game and shake hands with folks along the fairway. I first met him that way. The putting green and the driving range allow you close access also.

The only costly purchase (concessions are quite reasonable) you'll encounter will be in the gift shop. If you want something nice, go there first and grab it. By Saturday the place looks like it's been looted.

All the holes are lovely, but I prefer the back.

It is not unusual to see pros at local restaurants. Luigi's, Calverts, etc. You might think of using French Market Grille as a rendezvous point--its just across Berckmans. Good place to grab a beer and a dozen oysters.

Washington Road will be closed to traffic off I-20, I now see from the road signs. Use Riverwatch Pkwy for your access/egress, and Alexander to take you to the course.

I've not been since the installation of the putt-putt near Lot 2 that mimics the actual greens (and the day's hole placement), and do not know if it's open for the practice rounds. It might be and there are concessions nearby.

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I'm not sure, I've been many times bc I'm in Atlanta and some friends play professionally , havnt been in a while though bc spring break falls that week. The Eisenhower tree is always pointed out. Get behind the tee box on 18 and appreciate how long and narrow that hole is. Watch them skip balls on 16 across the pond. If you want to see drives hit and be pretty close # 11 used to be a good spot tee box but I heard they moved the ropes back more. Eat a pimento and cheese sandwich. Lunch up top is pretty awesome if u have a pass. A pass will also get you into the clubhouse pro shop less lines but I don't think they have Augusta merchandise it will all say the masters. Buy stuff on way out so don't have to carry.

15 years ago my best friend qualified and I went with him, was pretty amazing week. We pulled up to magnolia lane after a practice round and asked if we could drive down and the attendant told my buddy he can do what ever he wants. He was signing up for the par 3 and Arnold Palmer was at the same time and talked to us for a while. He also eagled par five on the front on Friday and they gave him a crystal. Didn't make it to the weekend but still great week.

Had another friend get in as the us am winner and he gave me his dad's badge and took me into the crows nest where he was staying, pretty cool.

Pretty special place, have some great memories, have fun!!
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poletad.....

Not looking for Disney.. just wanted to know if there were special things, best autograph areas not known to many, hidden things that most folks don't know about, that's all.

Unfortunately I will not be able to walk the course, although I'm getting stronger, the drugs I'm on now that strengthen my immune system, cause extreme weight gain among other side effect, including severe joint pain. Doc told me I shouldn't be going, to much stress walking the hills.

But, I've never been a good patient anyway and I'll be damned if I'm going to miss this.

The gates open at 07:00 correct?
What would be the best place to park, closest?
Can I even get into the pro shop? Thought one day pass holders had to go to the tent!

Boy would I love to see the Pro shop.

Thanks for the post.
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Originally Posted by grouperdawg View Post
I'm not sure, I've been many times bc I'm in Atlanta and some friends play professionally , havnt been in a while though bc spring break falls that week. The Eisenhower tree is always pointed out. Get behind the tee box on 18 and appreciate how long and narrow that hole is. Watch them skip balls on 16 across the pond. If you want to see drives hit and be pretty close # 11 used to be a good spot tee box but I heard they moved the ropes back more. Eat a pimento and cheese sandwich. Lunch up top is pretty awesome if u have a pass. A pass will also get you into the clubhouse pro shop less lines but I don't think they have Augusta merchandise it will all say the masters. Buy stuff on way out so don't have to carry.

15 years ago my best friend qualified and I went with him, was pretty amazing week. We pulled up to magnolia lane after a practice round and asked if we could drive down and the attendant told my buddy he can do what ever he wants. He was signing up for the par 3 and Arnold Palmer was at the same time and talked to us for a while. He also eagled par five on the front on Friday and they gave him a crystal. Didn't make it to the weekend but still great week.

Had another friend get in as the us am winner and he gave me his dad's badge and took me into the crows nest where he was staying, pretty cool.

Pretty special place, have some great memories, have fun!!


Those are indeed great memories, thank you for sharing them. You were very blessed to have had that access that few folks ever get. Your a very lucky individual.

My tickets for Monday were won in the lottery, so I don't know if those allow access to the Pro shop or not, hope so.

That pimento and cheese sandwich sounds great, another post here mentioned something about a chicken salad sandwich or something as well. Going to try it all, really wish I could drink, maybe I'll have my son sneak the bride off so I can have a beer.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
poletad.....

Not looking for Disney.. just wanted to know if there were special things, best autograph areas not known to many, hidden things that most folks don't know about, that's all.

Unfortunately I will not be able to walk the course, although I'm getting stronger, the drugs I'm on now that strengthen my immune system, cause extreme weight gain among other side effect, including severe joint pain. Doc told me I shouldn't be going, to much stress walking the hills.

But, I've never been a good patient anyway and I'll be damned if I'm going to miss this.

The gates open at 07:00 correct?
What would be the best place to park, closest?
Can I even get into the pro shop? Thought one day pass holders had to go to the tent!

Boy would I love to see the Pro shop.

Thanks for the post.
I'm not sure on parking sometimes we went in the back gate and you end up by the front nine on five or something. If you can t walk well, the back gate isn't far from 16 if you are there early you can camp out there; a good spot can watch approach shots on 15 and irons on 16.

One dayers are in tent, but there is more than one merchandise place. I think there is one at the back gate too. There used to be anyway, clubhouse pass to get you In pro shop isn't all that special. The veranda is as cool as it gets though and that whole area really cool. I took a couple friends and had clubhouse passes when I was in my twenties and one guy got hammered. He hung out under the tree and talked to everyone pro coming off like he knew them or something was hilarious and embarrassing at the same time.

During a rain delay one year I saw a buddy and he asked me to sign his masters book, they gave one to all the players and they write notes in them as a keepsake. I was signing it under umbrella and something fell I caught out of corner of my eye. I picked it up after I signed it and was like wait a minute what is this, he was like oh crap that's Jim furyks score card. In a puddle for five minutes, ruined
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The pro shop will be closed to the public, but the main gift shop will be open. Gates will open at seven.

Apologies for not understanding your physical limitations. My first thought is you're best to stick close to the clubhouse. Everything is nearby and you'll be able to see the players. It will be comfortable.

I need to ask my son about possible handicap access. Normally, you'd enter the north gate and part at Lot A. Parking at seven should be relatively easy. It's a bit of a hike, though. Hang tight and I might have some more information.
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Originally Posted by grouperdawg View Post
I'm not sure on parking sometimes we went in the back gate and you end up by the front nine on five or something. If you can t walk well, the back gate isn't far from 16 if you are there early you can camp out there; a good spot can watch approach shots on 15 and irons on 16.

One dayers are in tent, but there is more than one merchandise place. I think there is one at the back gate too. There used to be anyway, clubhouse pass to get you In pro shop isn't all that special. The veranda is as cool as it gets though and that whole area really cool. I took a couple friends and had clubhouse passes when I was in my twenties and one guy got hammered. He hung out under the tree and talked to everyone pro coming off like he knew them or something was hilarious and embarrassing at the same time.

During a rain delay one year I saw a buddy and he asked me to sign his masters book, they gave one to all the players and they write notes in them as a keepsake. I was signing it under umbrella and something fell I caught out of corner of my eye. I picked it up after I signed it and was like wait a minute what is this, he was like oh crap that's Jim furyks score card. In a puddle for five minutes, ruined
Another funny piece to that story when rain delay was over they were waiting to tee off of 10. He goes running towards the clubhouse and came back five minutes later everyone was shocked bc they were ready and my he cut it close. We figured he had to take a duke and blew a toilet out. But he ran out of tees, I think his brother or buddy was caddy and after the scorecard thing and being like 17 over par he was too embarrassed to ask for one so he ran to the pro shop, bought the souvenir masters tees, waiting in line behind people buying stuff and ran back to ten. Hilarious
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Have another thread regarding driving directions up to the Master's, which have been answered. A member also invited me to view the entry system his company developed for that tournament, which I will certainly do, but that got me thinking....dangerous I know.

For those of you who have been and really know the routine, is there anything I should be making certain to check out. My last time there in 2004 was simply spent walking around, but is there things that I can purchase, be there very early to get passes to, stuff like that which would really make the day memorable, in addition to the course. She's magnificent on her own I know.

Just seems like I'm the last to find out about hidden, secrete, in the know type of stuff and if any of you are aware of anything other then just walking the grounds I'm all ears.

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If I recall correctly (and I've only been to one practice round), if you want to take pictures, it needs to be regular camera only - no phone cameras. That's the only advice that I have . . .
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[QUOTE=Billable Hours;10126591]If I recall correctly (and I've only been to one practice round), if you want to take pictures, it needs to be regular camera only - no phone cameras. That's the only advice that I have . . .[

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OK... when you get into the first parking area, the attendants can guide you to an area that will provide a golf car tram to the gate. That should please your doc. From there, unfortunately, I think you'll have to walk.

Son was wrong on gate time. 8am is first in.

Camera is allowed during practice rounds.
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Have they improved the concession food?
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Have they improved the concession food?
Everyone says the food is very good and very cheap. Can't remember last time I went.

Your saying food is not so good.
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