Augusta sits atop every golfers list of ‘courses to play before I die’. Unfortunately that is truly the stuff of dreams as Augusta is arguably the most exclusive golf club in the world…even past champions like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are required to play with a member if they return to exercise their lifetime honorary membership! Nothing is impossible though, and there are a few tricks of the trade that may get you a round on the most famous course in the world. These tips and tricks won’t guarantee success in your quest to play on the hallowed turf of Augusta but you can’t win the raffle unless you buy a ticket!
Get down to the range and stay there…until you are ready to win a top amateur events that will earn you an invite…or ready to break into the world’s top 50 players! Not likely we know but don’t worry because we also have more realistic methods to put into use!
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Join the club! Don’t hold your breath though because membership is by invite only and it seems you have to be a real mover and shaker to get involved with the social circle that makes up the Augusta National membership. Members include the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Condoleeza Rice (who joined in 2012, as one of the club’s first female members) and former R&A secretary and record breaking amateur golfer Sir Michael Bonallack
Befriend a member. If you don’t happen to hang out with the likes of Warren Buffett perhaps you have done business or have made the acquaintance with another member who you could persuade to invite you to play…again unlikely but never say never! There are stories of golfers moving to Augusta and spending evenings in bars seeking out potential members who might be willing to have someone make up their four-ball.
Get a job working for the visiting or local media who cover the US Masters. Every year 32 of the visiting members of the media are drawn from a hat and given the once in a lifetime chance to play the course. Don’t bank on this being a regular way of playing the course though…if your name is drawn from the hat that will be the last time you will be entered! Local media members are more fortunate and often get an annual crack at Augusta National. Having said that the visiting media play the course on the Monday following the tournament when the course is in peak condition! Perhaps then if you have the credentials, the best thing to do would be to work for the visiting media and then quit and emigrate to the States to get a job in the local media!
Volunteer to assist with the running of the tournament. It takes a great deal of effort from willing volunteers to make the Masters tournament the spectacle it is and the club recognises the effort their volunteers put in. Volunteers can enter their names to play the course before it closes in May and have a choice of three days to enter their names for. Supposedly there is a lengthy waiting list for a volunteer’s job so I wouldn’t hold your breath but it wouldn’t hurt to apply!
If you are looking for a career change you may be able to secure yourself annual golf on the course by training to become a caddie at the club. A company called CaddieMaster is responsible for training and supplying caddies for the club…as with all things Augusta this isn’t as easy as it sounds. With a tough application process and high levels of screening you will really have to know your stuff!
Secure a job in a local bar such as Somewhere in Augusta and ensure you top up the glass of any patron donning a green jacket! If you manage to coerce someone into promising a free round in this way make sure you get it in writing!
Join Augusta Country Club. This course is right next door to the Augusta National and can be seen from the 12th and 13th holes. Only fourballs are allowed to play Augusta and if someone is mad enough not to turn up to play, Augusta National has been known to call over to Augusta Country Club and see if there’s somebody hanging around that might want to nip over and complete a fourball with their more illustrious neighbours!
On a similar note…Rae’s Creek runs across the front of the 12th green at Augusta National. It also winds its way into the neighbouring Augusta Country Club where it provides protection to the 8th green there…Snorkel? Check. Flippers? Check….
Buddy up to a past champion…Apparently Gary Player is a stand up guy and loves doing these sorts of favours. So just track him down and convince him that you are ready to set the golf world alight if you get the chance to play Augusta National. Simple really.
Now that you are armed with our amazing tips and tricks for getting a game at every golfers dream course what are you waiting for?
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The resident golf geek at Your Golf Travel. Have been lucky enough to have travelled far and wide playing golf and if I’m not writing about it at work, you will probably find me hacking it around my local course. Owner of 2 holes in one and some of the most crooked drives you have ever seen!