Everything You Need to Know About the 2016 Masters Tournament
The Masters Tournament is one of four major championships in professional golf. Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held in the same location each year: The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. If you’re planning on attending the Masters Tournament, keep reading for helpful tips to make the most out of your experience.
Dates of the Tournament
The Masters Tournament is held every year during the first full week of April. This year, the tournament is held from Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 10. Practice rounds are held on April 4 through April 6, and the full competition starts on April 7.
Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts established the Masters Tournament in 1934. Since it’s an invitational event, the field of players is smaller than other major championships. The only years the Masters Tournament wasn’t held were between 1943 and 1945 because of World War II. Instead, they used the grounds to raise turkeys and cattle to help the war effort.
One of the most famous traditions of the Masters Tournament is the green jacket that’s awarded to the champion. While the jacket remains his personal property, he must return it one year after his victory. The jacket is then stored in a specially designated cloakroom with other champions’ jackets.
Other Attractions to See
While you’re in Augusta to see the Masters Tournament, take some time away from the greens to explore what else the city has to offer. Head down to Artists’ Row where you can find original works by both international and local artists. Browse through sculptures, pottery, fine art, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and specialty gifts. Then take a stroll along the Augusta Riverwalk on the beautiful Savannah River. These shaded sidewalks let you enjoy everything downtown Augusta has to offer.
Where to Stay
From budget hotels to luxury accommodations, Augusta has plenty of options when you’re looking for a place to stay during the Masters Tournament. For a truly impressive experience, book a stay at the Partridge Inn, which is just four miles from the course. Guests here enjoy the classic beauty of this historic mansion with all the modern amenities and conveniences of a contemporary hotel.
Another option for accommodations around Augusta is renting a private residence. Often, locals will leave Augusta during the Tournament and rent their houses to golf fans coming in for the week. From modest homes to large mansions, there are plenty of different sizes and options available.
How to Get to the Tournament
If you choose to fly to the Masters Tournament, you have your choice of airports. The Augusta Regional Airport is just 20 minutes outside of downtown Augusta. Another option for those who don’t mind a drive is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina, which is just over one hour away from Augusta.
From taking part in other activities around Augusta to finding the best places to stay, these helpful tips will help you enjoy everything the Masters Tournament has to offer.
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