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Tips from Oliver

Many clients opt to extend their stay in the USA so do ask to discuss your options and we can create the perfect trip for you.

US Masters 2018 Augusta: Essentials

First Days Play: 5th April 2018

We are able to offer full travel packages to the entire US Masters Tournament, ensuring you don’t miss a single day of action in Augusta. From Thursday – Sunday, you will be able to follow your favourite golfers around the hallowed turf and watch them battle it out for the famed green jacket.

This is an example package that we can offer, please use it as a guide and contact us to create the perfect trip for your requirements.

Day 1: 4 April 2018
Make your own travel arrangements to London Heathrow and check in for your direct flight to Charlotte (FLIGHT DETAILS – BA 1598 LHR 14:25 – 18:30 CLT). You will be met in arrivals and transferred to the Marriott Columbia downtown to check in for 3 nights. Your evening is yours at leisure.

Day 2: 5 April 2018
At 06:00am the first shuttle departs the hotel for Augusta. The first days play at the Masters starts at 7:40 with the honorary starters. Start the day by walking the course, what you see on television is so 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 – So it’s going to be a long day. This is also a great day to spend time at the range and just getting a feel for the history of Augusta National, stop by at Rae’s Creek and the Big Oak beside the clubhouse. Paring sheets for tee times are located all over the course, these make a great souvenir gift for friends back home, don’t forget a stop at the Pro shop on your way out.( Insiders Tip – There is a FedEx and UPS station to the right of the Pro shop so you can buy and ship all in one spot.) You will be transferred back to your hotel for a evening at leisure.

Day 3: 6 April 2018
The first shuttle departs at 06:00am for day 2 of the Masters. 8:15am – Estimated First Tee Time. This is cut day, the top 44 players plus ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead makes the cut, this will be your last chance to see some of your favourite players who are not playing their best this week. 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 favourite 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. after the golf you will be transferred back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 4: 7 April 2018
The first shuttle to Augusta departs at 07:00am with first tee time scheduled for 10:30am. The third days play is moving day; the top players are trying to play themselves into the top of the leader board to make a charge at the title on Sunday, Play starts later today because of the cut and so it is a great opportunity to set out your Masters Chair in the perfect location. The reason for the chair is you can place it on the course in any designated (roped off) area, that position is now yours for the rest of the day whether you are there or not. The best option is to go early in the morning to pick your prime spot on the golf course then go and walk the course and follow your favourite players. After the golf you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5: 8 April 2018
The first shuttle departs at 07:00am with the first tee time scheduled for 10:30am. The Masters 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 Augusta National while on the club grounds. Today choose the groups you want to watch, catch then on the range and then follow then through the first 5 holes and then head to amen corner and get in the stands at the 12thtee, you are in the heart of Amen corner and can see the approach shots to 11thgreen, 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 National 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 Masters 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. After the ceremony you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 6: 9 April 2018
After a busy weekend, have a relaxing morning enjoying a traditional American breakfast at the hotel. You will be collected early afternoon for your transfer to Charlotte airport for your direct, overnight flight home to London. (FLIGHT DETAILS – BA1595 CLT 18:40 – 07:40(+1) LHR)

Day 7: 10 April 2018
Your flight lands into Heathrow at 07:40 local time, concluding your tour.

Hotel Information 

marriott courtyard, Augusta, USA
4* Marriott Courtyard Downtown Hotel 
Located near the University of South Carolina and in the vibrant downtown area, the Columbia Marriott Hotel welcomes guests to experience one of the best hotels in Columbia, SC. The spacious Marriott Columbia is just minutes from popular destinations. The largest downtown Columbia, SC hotel offers a concierge level lounge, and a convenient location near state capitol. Guest rooms and suites feature plush beds, flat panel televisions and warm décor offering the perfect Columbia experience.

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