If you’re lucky enough to have a Practice Round ticket for the 2016 Masters Tournament (or if you’ve booked a package with us), then you’ll want to make the most of your time out on the course.
Here’s a few tips to help make it a day to remember:
- Swing by hole No. 16. The par 3 is famous for Practice Rounds, because golfers will traditionally try to skip a ball across the pond and get it on the green. You can also see the No. 15 green, providing plenty of golf to watch from one spot! We recommend taking a set in the grandstand behind the No. 15 green to rest your feet a bit on the right side, where you can see both holes at once.
- Ask attendants where a particular golfer is. Many stay up to date on what’s happening on the course – and they can point you in the direction of your favorite golfer.
- Prepare a seat in advance for big names. If Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, or another big-name golfer is taking the course, there will surely be a big crowd following along. If you plan ahead, however, you can make sure you have a good seat in a grandstand – and you’ll be able to watch the best in golf work on their game in style.
- Bring a camera, but not a big one. There are size limits to what you can bring, which are available on the Masters Tournament site. But Practice Rounds are wonderful for photo opportunities – as long as you remember to enjoy the course between pictures!
- Try everything. Egg salad sandwich? Pimento cheese? That peach-flavored ice cream sandwich? Augusta National makes a concerted effort the keep everything as affordable as possible – so it won’t hurt the wallet to eat! Take full advantage!
- Soak up as much of the Par 3 Contest as possible. There is literally nothing else like it in golf, and if you’re lucky enough to attend on Wednesday, then enjoy seeing legends and current pros soak it all in with friends and family. You may see a few holes in one, as well!
Lastly, don’t forget to apply sunscreen – Augusta, Ga. weather is warm and humid during Masters Week, and you’ll want to stay as cool as possible.
We look forward to seeing you for the 2016 Masters Tournament!
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