The Masters is one of four major championships in the world of professional golf. The tournament’s popularity is growing, with 2019’s Masters Sunday earning the spot as the most viewed morning golf broadcast in history.
Established in 1934, the Masters has captured the imaginations of golfers and fans alike. The tournament is played every year at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
The organizers of the competition take the event very seriously. The Masters’ rules are in place to ensure an atmosphere of class and prestige.
For example, fans at the Masters are referred to as “patrons”. Also, caddies are required to wear all-white overalls while walking the course.
Traditions like these help keep the history of the tournament alive. Still, the rules can get even more specific and restrictive.
Read on, and we’ll walk you through some of these rules and what you can and can’t bring to the tournament.
Following the Masters’ Rules
The organizers of the Masters do not mess around when it comes to following the rules. People who are found disobeying the regulations are often thrown out and some are even banned for life.
Be sure to study the following list carefully so you don’t end up getting in trouble the next time you attend the tournament.
This one may be obvious but cell phones are not allowed at the Masters at any time.
If caught, you will be immediately removed from the grounds and banned for life.
Getting around the course shouldn’t be too difficult without your phone as their plenty of maps and signs to help you find your way.
Communicating with friends who have gone astray may be a little tougher. There are payphones on the grounds but those aren’t always the most helpful.
You must go through a security check before entering the course. If you are caught at security with a cell phone, they will turn you around and send you to a storage facility to store your phone.
Before attending the tournament, it’s always best to plan ahead.
Believe it or not, you actually are allowed to take a camera with you as long as it is during practice rounds. Augusta National has been described by many visitors as a breathtakingly beautiful location.
If you want to take home some lifelong memories of the area, be sure to arrive a few days early (Monday – Wednesday) for practice rounds and snap away.
To be clear, you cannot have a camera on you during the actual tournament.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited at the Masters. This is regardless of whatever kind of permit you may have.
Any kind of bag, purse, backpack, or package that is larger than 10″ W x 10″ H x 12″ D is not allowed.
You’re probably better off without one anyway. There’s a lot of walking to do and carrying a bulky bag around can be a challenge.
As an old school sporting event, you need to have old school contraband. If you happen to have a beeper, pager, or other electronic devices (like a music player), leave it behind. You won’t be able to take it past security.
Being as proper as they are, it makes sense that outside alcoholic drinks are forbidden from the course. But don’t fret. They actually serve very reasonably priced beer at the Masters: $4 for domestic and $5 for imported.
But nothing is ever that simple or transparent at Augusta. Everything at the Masters is about just that: The Masters. The beer they serve you comes unlabelled in Masters cups. But it’s still good quality.
Be sure not to drink too much though. You can get kicked out for acting in an inappropriate fashion or if you appear too inebriated.
According to the Masters’ rules, beverage coolers and containers are banned at the tournament. But with sandwiches ranging in price from $1.50 to $3.00, that’s a rule you can probably live with.
Selfie Sticks and Ladders
Everyone wants a good view of the action. But that means the organizers of the Masters want everyone to have a fair chance to see what’s going on.
You can’t bring anything that would obstruct someone else’s view like a selfie stick, periscope, or ladder.
The best way to get a good view is to arrive early. If you want to claim a good spot by the 18th hole, make that very early, like 4 am early. Keep in mind that binoculars are allowed at the tournament.
There is no age minimum for attending the Masters but you should still be mindful when bringing children with you. You are not allowed to bring a stroller onto the course. If you bring a small child, realize that you are going to be doing a lot of carrying that day.
On the plus side, children between 8 and 16 get to enter for free so long as they are accompanied by an adult with a patron badge. The adult does not need to be related to the child.
The Masters takes their chairs seriously. Folding armchairs and rigid type stools and chairs are forbidden. According to the official Masters’ website, “If you bring a chair, make sure it’s a collapsible one without armrests.”
If you’re concerned that your chair may not be up to par, it may be wise to simply purchase one at Augusta’s pro shop.
The tournament has been cracking down on scalpers over the past few years. Anyone caught buying or selling tickets within a 2,700ft radius of the tournament can be charged with a misdemeanor and arrested.
Also, you are allowed to enter the Masters twice with the same ticket. This means if you leave at some point in the day, you are allowed one reentry.
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