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5th December, December 2017 | 0
Bucket list for many and what an experience.
From the moment you walk through the gates (be warned its airport security and there is a prohibitive list if items that you cannot take into the course) you know you have arrived somewhere special, the practice area in front of you and off to the left the TV studios.
But who wants to spend time looking at a practice area – where is the course? Trust me you will come back and watch the guys on the range it is something special in its own right. So you walk past the merchandise facility and then you are on course, 100 yards or so down from the first tee right next to the score board.
So where do you start – depends which day, if you are fortunate to be there for a few days and one of the days includes the Wednesday and the par 3 event, head over to the back of the first and 10th tees and have some fun watching the players, the kids & the caddies playing the Par 3. You can also take your camera in to the course on a practice day so get the pictures that will last a life time, maybe even a selfie with one of the celebrities you see about the course.
We have all watched the Masters from a young age with the dulcet tones of Peter Allis before Sky took golf coverage to a new level and yet when seeing the course for the first time in real it looks like a place you have never seen before – its not flat, the bunkers are bigger and deeper than what you see and the 10th doesn’t just go left, it turns left and could be a ski slope.
Start at one (or 10) depending who is on the course and walk all 18 holes – if here for 2 days do 9 one day and 9 the next it’s a tough walk especially if the sun is out and the beer tent comes a calling.
Not going to say any more about the course you have to visit and you need to discover Augusta your way, it’s worth the trip.
Where to stay – Augusta or further afield? Many people say staying in Augusta is boring there is nothing to do, I don’t agree. The bars and restaurants are full of golfers, caddies and the odd player! There are live bands to keep you amused and the atmosphere in many of the drinking establishments is good natured and for the Brits you are greeted with much enthusiasm, especially after they won the Ryder Cup in 2016 J
Augusta though is not cheap and hotel prices are multiplied for the week of the golf sometimes by 2 or 3 times the normal rate. A 2-star motel in town may well be over £300 a night, if only there for a couple of nights it works but longer we need to offer you an alternative.
Columbia – 60 miles away but one interstate all the way to Washington Road. Our base for the week where hotel rates are more reasonable and evenings are still busy with some good golf courses on the doorstep.
Depends on how many days you are attending the golf and how many nights you are in town for – you decide how much comfort you need.
What else can you do – well the bucket list can keep getting ticked. Kiawah Island (Ryder Cup and US PGA Venue) and Charleston are just over 2 hours away. The Ocean course needs to be played and is a great pre- or post-trip for anyone visiting the Masters, Charleston is just a wonderful town on the coast.
Myrtle Beach the golfing Mecca of America and Pinehurst Golf Resort both within 3.5 hours what to do after the Masters is actually a tough decision.
How to get there – no direct flights so be ready for some tough travelling days. Options are a plenty though.
Into Atlanta and then a 3-hour drive to Augusta or a hop to Columbia.
Into Charlotte and a 90-minute drive to Columbia or 2.5 hours to Augusta
Into Washington and hops to Augusta or Columbia – more options into Columbia.
Private Jet – from where ever you want.
Our preferred Package with Sunday at The Masters, provided by Executive Golf Tours:
Prices from £2900.00 per person
Based on twin accommodation.
To find out more about this package and others during the Masters please call Executive Golf Tours 07860 775885 or email email@example.com. Website www.executivegolftours.co.uk/
No Flights are included as many visitors to the Masters will extend their stay and go play some of the other local courses.
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