Do's and Don'ts
Here's a rundown on all you need to know if you're coming to the Tournament.
Cell phones, beepers and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited on the grounds at all times. Cameras are strictly prohibited on Tournament days. Anyone violating this policy will be subject to removal from the grounds and the permanent loss of credentials (tickets).
- Cell Phones
- Bags, Backpacks, Purses, Packages**
- Beepers/Electronic Devices
- Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Beverage containers/Coolers
- Folding armchairs/Rigid type chairs or stools***
- Radios/TVs/Tape Recorders
**Personal bags/belt bags/purses no larger than 10"W x 5"H x 5"D are allowed.
***If you bring a chair, make sure it's a collapsible one without armrests.
- Rain gear: Umbrellas, ponchos, etc.
- Layered clothing: Days usually start chilly and warm up, but wind and rain can change everything.
- Skin protection: A hat or visor is advisable. Don't forget the sunscreen, either.
- Binoculars: Handy for watching action from a distance
- Comfortable shoes: Augusta National is a hilly course, and the ground is slippery early in the morning or after it rains.
Food & Drinks
No coolers or containers of any type in which beverages can be carried are allowed on the course. Checkstands are located next to the parking lots at the entrance gates. Fans who bring their lunch may check them without charge. Picnic grounds are near Gate 10 and at the end of the patrons' corridor, near the main entrance. Concessions must be purchased with cash. Here are some prices at Augusta National:
- Sandwiches: $1.50-$2.50
- BBQ sandwich (hot): $2.50
- Chicken Biscuit: $1.50
- Muffin: $1
- Soda: $1.50
- Water/iced tea: $1.50
- Beer: $2.75 domestic, $3.50 imported (Not available on the main course after 4 p.m.)
- Snacks: $1
- Fruit: $1
- Ice Cream: $2
- Coffee: $1
Autograph-seeking is allowed only on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse near the new practice facilities. The best spots to ask are along the rope lining the practice putting green and short-game area, particularly where the golfers enter and exit.
Tip: Don't bother the golfers on the course; it's prohibited. Politeness and a limited amount of items to sign work best.
Parking spaces are available in the parking lots located west of Berckmans Road. The parking spaces will be available on a first-come basis. Five handicap parking sections are available.
All patrons may purchase souvenirs from stands located on the grounds, including a main merchandise building near the main concessions area near the first fairway. Merchandise may be purchased with cash, credit cards or personal checks. Here are some prices of souvenirs in the outdoor golf shop at Augusta National:
- Baseball Caps - $16 and up
- Bag towels - $12 and up
- T-shirts - $26 and up
- Polo shirts - $59 and up (Bobby Jones brand most expensive)
- Balls - 3-$11; Dozen-$44
- Umbrella - $45
Only those with proper credentials will be allowed in the pro shop.
Official Masters merchandise can only be purchased from one of the merchandise stands at Augusta National Golf Club and it can only be purchased during the Masters tournament. Access to the main pro shop near the first fairway is only granted to those with appropriate credentials.
Services available to patrons at the course include:
- Automated teller machines
- Checkstands - on space available basis, free of charge
- Concessions - a light fare of food and beverages
- Exhibit area
- First Aid
- Golf Shops
- Information Centers
- Leader boards and standards
- Lost and Found
- Message Center
- Natural vantage points
- Observation stands at key locations
- On-site information boards with maps
- Pairing sheets with course map and tee times
- Picnic areas
- Record board - list of previous champions and scores
- Scoring information
- Spectator guides
- Water fountains
Bobby Jones, who co-founded Augusta National Golf Club, wrote the book on how to watch the Masters Tournament. His suggestions of the best places to watch the action on the 7,435-yard course include:
Hole 4: Spectators can view action on two holes while behind the No. 4 tee. There are views of the approach to the No. 3 green and the tee shot on the par-3 No. 4.
Hole 7: Behind the green, spectators can see down the No. 2 and No. 3 fairways, the No. 7 green, the No. 8 tee and the No. 17 fairway.
Hole 12: In the heart of Amen Corner, spectators behind the tee can see the approach shots to No. 11, the entire 12th hole, and tee shots and second shots on the par-5 No. 13.
Hole 16: A new viewing area (above) was created here thanks to a storm in July 2006 that took down several trees. The natural seating area allows patrons to see the green at Nos. 6, 15 and 16 and the tee shot at No. 17.
Hole 18: If you get a spot early behind the No. 18 green, you can see approach shots to the final green and have a view of several other holes.
Practice Facility: You can watch as golfers prepare for their round.
Get Your Bearings
A legend of who is on the course is posted, with starting time, at the No. 1 and No. 10 tees during practice rounds. Give each group approximately two hours to complete nine holes. A "program" sheet is made up each day during the tournament.
THE MAIN SCOREBOARD lists every player, his residence and his score for each hole. Black numbers mean par; red is for birdie; bold red for eagle; green for bogey; bold green for double bogey or higher.
PAIRINGS SHEETS are placed in a green box near the main entrance. One side lists tee times; the other has a map.
THE STANDARD on the first tee indicates which group is up. It includes the player's name and the caddie's number.
THRU BOARDS near the green of each hole display the players on the hole and their scores in relation to par.
LEADERBOARDS are located throughout the course. They display the current leaders' scores and messages for patrons. Augusta National co-founder Clifford Roberts devised the scoring method first used by the Masters in 1960.
Green numbers show how many strokes a player is over par. Green zeros mean the player is at even par. Red numbers show how many strokes a player is under par.
Tips from veterans
TAKE A STAND: The observation stands are great places to take in a lot of different holes. The ones at Amen Corner and around the 15th green/16th tee fill up quickly. Try the one behind the No. 8 green; you can see most of No. 8, the No. 9 tee and the first green.
SEEK THE HIGH GROUND: Some credit Augusta National as being among golf's first "stadium" courses because of the hilly terrain. A lot of the natural slopes offer prime viewing perches. The area behind the seventh green lets you take in plenty of action on the surrounding holes.
GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH: Because of their distance from the main entrance, Nos. 4 and 5 require some effort to reach. The hike is worth it. There are fewer patrons entering the gate near the fifth green, but concessions, restrooms and souvenirs are all a short distance away.