Built on a rich and enthralling history with some truly unique traditions, the US Masters has continued to embrace its cultural roots and strictly uphold many of its regulations still to this day.
We’ve been travelling to the US Masters for over 10 years now, so we love to share our advice on how to fully prepare yourself for the US Masters!
- Embrace Etiquette
Augusta National operates in a world of its own – one filled with conduct and customs that should be followed to a tee! This means it’s time to learn to love the rules and be ready to embrace the full Masters Experience with top-notch etiquette.
Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said “There’s something about Augusta National when someone walks through the gates, they know that it’s a place of respect, of beauty, and honoring traditions and values of the game”
2. Start working on your powerwalk and posture
Limber up and be ready to hit a strong walking pace around the club as there is strictly no running in Augusta National, and they will call you out for it. When gates open and you want to secure your chair in the prime position at the 16th and 18th holes, all that speed walking training will come in handy to secure the best spot.
In addition to this, guests are certainly not allowed to lay down on the perfectly manicured grounds, and will be asked to sit up straight – even if they are on the hillside.
3. Get ready for an electronics hiatus
Say goodbye to your electronics as almost everything digital is banned from Augusta National. This includes cell phones, tablets, laptops, or any electronic devices capable of taking a photo. If you’re thinking of risking it, think again – if you’re caught inside the tournament with a device, say goodbye to your time at the Masters and say hello to the Masters blacklist.
No surprises then as to where the largest bank of payphones are in America? Yep, Augusta National. So if you need to make an emergency call, you will have no troubles.
The anti-digital traditions of the event also transfer to the leader boards which are manually operated by volunteers. Sure there is sometimes a lag between the moment a player holes out and when the score is shown, but it provides some intense anticipation as patrons eagerly wait to see how their players have fared.
4. Adjust your vocab to blend in like a pro
You are no longer a golf fan or attendee or spectator. At the US Masters, you are a “patron” and they are adamant about it! This is maintained as they believe that all attendees are valued customers for the day.
You will also be advised to talk politely, so start up the swear jar before you go because no expletives and crass proclamations will be tolerated – and you can be booted out for it. The respectful language extends to the fields so definitely no haggling. And yes, there is a list of banned words and phrases to abide by. These include “Mashed Potatoes”, “Sweep the leg Johnny”, “Free Meek” and “To infinity and beyond” to name a few.
5. Sharing is caring, but there is certainly no stealing when it comes to seats.
Many patrons powerwalk when gates open to the best vantage points to leave their chair down around the green – and that’s where it will remain. People may then wander off and leave their chair in that position for the rest of the day until they so desire to return. The general rule of thumb at The Masters is that you may sit in any vacant chair, so long as when the owner returns you graciously vacate it for them. It’s all part of the good manners!
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