The Masters Tournament Practice Round is unlike any other in the world. The practice rounds at the Masters are packed with fans, and excitement. There is usually a line waiting at the gates of Augusta National before they open in the morning. One of the unique aspects to the practice rounds is the proximity that fans can get to the players. Fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite golfers coming up with strategies for the course, trying out clubs, and walking the course for the last few times before the start of the tournament.
Augusta National Golf Club is one of golf's premier venues and does not really have a bad hole to watch. But if it is your first time at the golf club you should not miss spending some time at Amen Corner. Amen Corner consists of the 2nd shot on the 11th hole, all of the 12th, and the first 2 shots on the 13th. This is one of the most difficult areas of the entire course and you will often find golfers putting extra work in this area.
One of the closest that you can get to the action will be behind the 10th tee. This area is often swarming with fans and it allows you to get close enough to the action that you can often hear the clubs whistling through the air.
Will I have a chance to get an autograph during the practice rounds? Sadly you will not. Augusta National has a strict no autograph policy while on the course.
Can I bring a cell phone or camera inside Augusta National Golf Course? Cell phones, PDAs or mobile phones are not allowed inside Augusta National. Cell phones can be checked at our Masters pickup location or at a booth outside the main entrance to Augusta National. There are pay phones available for patrons to use inside the course.
Can I bring a camera and take pictures during the practice rounds? Bringing a camera is a must during the practice rounds. Cameras are prohibited during tournament days, but are allowed during the practice rounds. This will allow you to take your dream golf photos on one of the world’s most prestigious courses.
What time should I arrive to have the best experience? The main gates to Augusta National Golf Club usually open before people are allowed on the course. It is best to get to the club before the posted opening time. This will allow you to enter the main shopping area, restroom area, and concession stand and be ready to hit the course as soon as it opens. Many of the pros like to get on course early in the morning to try and miss the crowds, so this will give you the best opportunity to get to follow your favorite player.
Any other tips for attending the practice rounds? Augusta is a hilly golf course. Wearing comfortable shoes can be the difference between having the time of your life and wishing the day was already over.