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Wednesday, April 9

Today you arrive in Augusta! Get settled in your accomodations. You have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the sights. Check out our Augusta Resturant Guide and Augusta Sightseeing for more information!

Thursday, April 10

Today the Tournament finally starts!

  • 6:30am - 1st hotel shuttle departs for Magnolia Manor Hospitality and the course.
  • 6:45am - Magnolia Manor Hospitality opens, check in with the SGH desk if you have hospitality. Make sure you have some of our coffee and get ready for a long day of great golf!
  • 7:30am- Gates open. The first days play at the Tournament starts at 7:40 with the honorary starters Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and their good friend Gary Player. Start the day by walking the course. You'll quickly realize that what you see on television is vastly different to the real thing; there is as much as 500 ft in elevation changes on some holes. Work backwards from 18 that way you will see the back 9 before they are crowded, the last tee time will be about 2:00pm 
  • It's going to be a long day. Head back to Magnolia Manor for lunch and time to rejuvenate. (Insiders Tip - Head for holes 4 & 5- due to their distance from the main entrance there are far fewer patrons on this part of the course, settle in and watch your favorite players come through, concessions and restrooms are close by). This is also a great day to spend time at the range and just getting a feel for the history of the venue, stop by at Rae's Creek and the Big Oak beside the clubhouse. Pairing sheets for tee times are located all over the course,  these make a great souvenir gift for friends back home.
  • 7:00pm - Gates close 30 minutes after play.

Friday, April 11

Today you will attend the Second Day of Play at the Tournament!

  • 6:45am - 1st hotel shuttle departs for Magnolia Manor Hospitality and Augusta National.
  • 7:00am - Magnolia Manor Hospitality opens, check in with the SGH desk if you have hospitality.
  • 7:45am - First tee time.
  • 8:00am - Gates open, This is cut day, the top 44 players plus ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead makes the cut, this will be yourlast chance to see some of your favorite players who are not playing their best this week. The first tee time will be about 7:45am, a great place to start the day is at the back of 7th green, from here you will be able to watch the action in 5 different areas, you can watch the approach shots into 2nd green, the drives on the 3rd hole, second shots into 7th green, you can also see the 8th and 17th fairways from this vantage point. Use the pairings sheet to determine a player's tee time. On the sheet, the time on the left is when the group tees off. The first number is the group number. The numbers to the left of the players' names are the players' numbers to use the tee times, pick out the golfers you want to see and note what time they start. A typical round takes between 4½ and five hours, or about 15 minutes per hole. If your favorite player has already started, note the difference in time and do the math to figure out which hole he is on. If Tiger Woods teed off on No. 1 at 8 a.m. and it's now 10:15, expect him to be on No. 9 or No. 10. Don’t forget a stop at the Pro shop on your way out.
  • 7:00pm - Gates close 30 minutes after play.

Saturday, April 12

Today is the Third Day of Play. Colloquially known as Moving Day- today is when the top players vie with each other and the course in an attempt to make it to the front of the pack.

  • 7:00am - 1st hotel shuttle departs for Magnolia Manor Hospitality and the course.
  • 7:00am - Magnolia Manor Hospitality opens, check in with the SGH desk if you have hospitality.
  • 8:00am - Gates open.
  • 10:30am - First Tee Time. Due to the cut, play starts later today. This presents a great opportunity to set out your complementary Masters Chair in the perfect location. The reason: you can place the chair in any designated (roped off) area of the course. That position is now yours for the rest of the day whether or not you are present. We suggest you head down early in the morning to pick a prime spot on the golf course to call your own. Then go and walk the course and follow favorite players or go back to Magnolia Manor for breakfast with the knowledge that you have saved a perfect spot when you chose to return.
  • 7:00pm - Gates close 30 minutes after play.

Sunday, April 13

Today is Championship Sunday. It's the day both players and spectators have been waiting for. It's a day promised to be full of drama- meltdowns and surges. The next Champion will be crowned with the coveted Green Jacket.

  • 7:00am - 1st hotel shuttle departs for Magnolia Manor Hospitality and the course.
  • 7:00am - Magnolia Manor Hospitality opens, check in with the SGH desk if you have hospitality.
  • 8:00am - Gates open.
  • 10:30am - First Tee Time. Augusta is considered the best-run golf tournament in the world by fans and golfers alike, until now it has been relatively relaxed, but today the leading players get ready to try and win the Green Jacket. In addition to a cash prize, the winner of the tournament is presented with a distinctive green jacket, formally awarded since 1949, and informally acquired by the champions for many years before that. The green sport coat is the official attire worn by members of the Club while on the  grounds. Today, choose the groups you want to watch, catch them on the range and then follow them through the first 5 holes. Then head over to amen corner and get a seat in the stands at the 12th tee. From here you are in the heart of Amen corner with views of the approach shots to 11th green, all of the par 3 12th hole, and the tee shot and second shot on the par 5 13th hole. Nearby rest room and concession buildings make this the ideal spot till the leaders come through. No place is quite like Augusta when it comes to following the action through the roars of the crowd, a roar is usually based on two things: 1. The quality of the shot, be it an approach that winds up close, a long putt that finds the cup or an eagle in the final round. 2. Who hit it? A roar for Tiger Woods is typically larger than for a first-time player. Armed with the knowledge of who is playing and their position on the course, you can begin to distinguish between the roars. Start heading for 18 and your Tournament chair with a stop at 15th tee and 17th green on route. Enjoy the rest of the tournament and the Green Jacket ceremonial, safe in the knowledge that you can do this all again next year.
  • 7:30pm - Gates close 30 minutes after play.

As Tournament week winds to a close, take a moment to enjoy the final moments. If you don't leave until tomorrow, consider heading into Augusta- this is the night when broadcasters, players, and fans all share the same venues for the evening. For more info on where the best hot spots are- ask Ian! Don't forget to come back next year!