Masters Tournament Planning Guide: Tips from the Locals
The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA is a timeless tradition and a special tournament that has delivered historic victories and unbelievable moments. Whether you’re heading to the tournament for your first time or returning for another glorious 4-day exhibition, here are some great tips that will make your time in Columbia County even better.
What You Should Know About the Course
The August National is considered one of the top courses in the nation while also being one of the most difficult. Patrons have enjoyed this timeless event for over 80 years and while it’s a stellar and fun atmosphere, there are a few things to keep in mind. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed. However, during the practice rounds, cameras are permitted so guests will be able to get some memorable photos of their favorite professionals. Purses and bags are limited to no larger than 10″W x 10″H x 12″D and only folding chairs without armrests are permitted. Other rules that are thoroughly enforced include, no running, loud talking or autograph seeking while on the course. However, there is a designated area near the practice area for autograph seekers.
Parking is ample and free. You read that right…FREE. Concessions are extremely reasonable with sandwiches ranging from $1.50-$3.00. Domestic beer is $4.00 and imported beer is $5.00.
Souvenirs can be purchased from the main merchandise buildings or around the course at the many souvenir stands. If you don’t want to tote your items around the course, you can check your bag at the check-stands or even have them ship your items home. Keep in mind that check-stands will fill up quickly so we recommend shopping early if you’re planning to purchase heavy items.
But most importantly, The Masters at Augusta National is all about the celebration of some of the best professional golfers in the world.
Finding the Perfect Place to Stay
Columbia County has a variety of hotels near the Augusta National Golf Course for you and your group. However, it’s crucial that patrons book their stay well in advance just to make sure you secure a great value and avoid the last-minute rush of finding accommodations. With over 1,200 hotel rooms in the Columbia County area, visitors can browse and select from a wide range of amenities that include indoor pools, hot tubs, free breakfast, gyms, transportation to the course and more!
Refresh and Relax in Between Rounds
After a long day of cheering on your favorite professionals, walking the course and taking in the Georgia sun, it’s time to kick back and get a taste of Columbia County. There are plenty of restaurants options to choose from near Augusta National, but we also recommend venturing out to nearby towns that are filled with tasty dishes and delightful treats that will give your taste buds a dose of southern hospitality.
For one-of-a-kind culinary experiences, be sure to put Cadwalladers Café, Cucina 503 and Ironwood Tavern on your list to check out. All of these hot spots provide locally sourced ingredients that will have your taste buds buzzing with flavor. Cork and Flame is another great spot for a fine-dining experience that pairs a world-class wine market with an exclusive culinary experience like no other.
To view a full listing of dining options visit here.
Experience Columbia County’s Culture
Aside from experiencing the culinary scene in Columbia County, there are a multitude of fun activities, events, shopping and outdoor adventures to consider as well. From spending a few hours in Evans at the Evans Town Center or enjoying some outdoor opportunities near Augusta, there is something for everyone.
Tee up. Something about watching the world’s best golfers makes you want to hit the links! Our beautiful courses will make you feel like you’re Bubba Watson in a sudden death playoff on #10 with a 40-yard hooking wedge through the magnolia and cherry trees. Well, not quite that exhilarating but almost!
Bartram Trail Golf Club is a beautiful public course offering MiniVerde fine bladed Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass and features five par 5’s and five par 3’s.
Champions Retreat Golf Club, the only club in the world featuring three individually designed courses by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. As if that’s not enough, this prestigious course is home to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. For one week only, this private course opens its gates to the public. Call in advance to check on available tee times and their Play at Night event, which features a happy hour, access to the practice facility, cash bar and live DJ.
Explore the great outdoors. Make your way to Savannah Rapids, a beautiful destination for nature lovers. Sitting on 33-acres, this recreation park goes along the Augusta Canal and Reed Creek waterfall that offers a range of activities like kayaking, biking or just taking in the views and enjoying an afternoon snack. Apart from the many outdoor opportunities, we recommend visiting the city of Harlem, GA– home to the Laurel and Hardy Museum. This quaint downtown truly captures the soul of the south. However you choose to spend your downtime, we promise you will take a piece of Georgia with you when it’s time to head back home.
There’s nothing quite like the experience of attending the historic Masters Tournament at Augusta National so whether it’s your first or fifteenth Masters, take in the moment and make time to relax in Columbia County, GA. With so much to see and do, we promise your experience will be one for the books.