2009 Marks the Most Affordable Masters Tournament in Years
For those who have ever dreamed of attending the Masters, this is their year.
AUSTIN, TX –(Marketwire – March 19, 2009) – Most golf fans dream of walking the historic rolling greens of Augusta National Golf Course and winding along Rae’s Creek at Amen Corner to hear the whispers of golf’s legendary past. With Masters Badges for the tournament still available, dreams can come true - at an unbeatable price.
In years past, the average market value of a full-day practice round ticket at the Masters was around $350 and a full-day competition tournament badge at about $975. This year, practice round tickets start at $170 and full-day badges at $478, almost half of the average entry cost.
With Tiger Woods returning to golf after his hiatus, along with major design changes to the course entrance and badge prices lower than ever, both fans that either have or haven’t attended should clear their calendars for the first week of April. The luxury experience of the Masters is now more affordable than ever.
The Augusta National Experience
- Botanical Beauty – Exclusive and revered, the course is dotted with bursts of blooming Azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees. Every hole on the course is named for the scenery surrounding it.
- Magnolia Lane – Lined with 61 magnolia trees planted before the Civil War, the inspiring scene is the perfect setting for pictures of the Founders Circle & Clubhouse.
- Polos and Putters – Leave your golf gear behind, but make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as well as sun protection. Also review the prohibited items list before entering the course. And pick up some official Masters merchandise in the gift shop – the only place you can buy it.
- Economical Concessions – Don’t be fooled by the entry cost, once inside the grounds, food and alcoholic beverages start at less than $2.
- Putting Green – As the practice area for the pros, the putting green is also the only area autograph requests are allowed.
- Par 3 Contest – Played on the Wednesday before the tournament starts, past winners include Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Sandy Lyle among others. No Par 3 winner has ever won the Masters tournament the same year.
- Honorary Starters – From Byron Nelson to Arnold Palmer, watch as a special legendary player hits the first put of this year’s tournament.
- The Green Jacket – Be there as the winner of the tournament is honored with the prestigious green sport coat that distinguishes members of the exclusive club.
2009 Tournament Schedule & Current Prices
Monday, April 6:
Practice Round from $170 - Gates open at 8:00am and close at 6:30pm.
Tuesday, April 7
: Practice Round from $257 - Gates open at 8:00am and close at 6:30pm.
Wednesday, April 8:
Practice Round from $377 - Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after Par 3 Contest.
Thursday, April 9
: Competitive Round from $478 - Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.
Friday, April 10:
Competitive Round from $525 - Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.
Saturday, April 11:
Competitive Round from $478 - Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.
Sunday, April 12
: Final Competitive Round from $525 - Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after presentation ceremony has ended.
Best Value: Masters Four Day Badge
from $1,810 – Grants entry into grounds for all four tournament days and is typically priced at $3,000.
Since 1934 Augusta National and the Masters has inspired eager golf enthusiasts from around the world to make their pilgrimage to what is often considered the Holy Grail of golf tournaments. While many fans appreciate the beauty and difficultly of the course, others presume the challenge lies in attaining entry into the tournament. Too often unawareness or costs hinder the most avid fans from attending. With news of badges still available and at much lower prices than in years past, it’s not too late to attend the 2009 Masters. Prices are subject to change closer to the event so act now to purchase your pass.
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