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The Masters Tournament, commonly referred to as The Masters or The US Masters, is one of four major championships in men's professional golf and is the first to occur every year. The final round of the Masters each year is scheduled for the second Sunday in April. Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held at the same location every year - Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club estate in Augusta, Georgia, USA.

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Masters Reviews

Reviews from some golfers who have travelled to The Masters with us previously. Joining the thousands who have travelled with Your Golf Travel to visit Augusta National, Georgia.

5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews

Peter

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

Just got back from our Masters Trip and I just want to let you know that Your Golf Travel were pretty perfect. When we had any request it was dealt with promptly and professionally. I would recommend to future customers.

Mike

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

Just a quick mail to thank you for organising our trip so professionally, the experience was fantastic. I would like you to pass on a huge thank you to all the staff from YGT who were on site in Augusta, my parents can be hard work, however, your staff were absolutely fantastic looking after them.

Robert & George

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

George and I would like to thank you both personally, and the contributions from your support staff in Augusta for a truly memorable holiday of a life time. George just had one word AWESOME! I would certainly recommend YGT to all my friends,, and I would rate you and your staff 10/10 for service and friendly advice.

Alan

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

I'm back from the Masters and still buzzing! Had a fabulous time at Augusta. I have travelled with Your Golf Travel before and will do again! They always provide a fast and friendly service. Thanks to the team for another great golf break.

Richard

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

Thank you for organizing our trip to Augusta. Our booking was handled very professionally and efficiently by YGT at this end and the YGT Staff over in Augusta were, again, very welcoming and efficient. Well done & thank you!

Gloria

Reviewed in April 2015
5 5

We had a fantastic holiday, and Augusta was everything we had hoped for. Thank you again for all the service you gave us, you were most helpful friendly and speedy with all our requirements and yes we would recommend YGT to all our friends and we will come back to you

Paul

Reviewed in April 2013
5 5

A once in a lifetime experience, from start to finish it exceeded expectation and something I'd recommend all golfers went and experienced.

The accommodation was great and easy to explore downtown Augusta.

Michael

Reviewed in April 2013
5 5

Best golfing experience ever. I've been to the Super Bowl, Monaco Grand Prix and Wimbledon and this was a really amazing thing to do. Whilst I would've like Angel to win, Adam was a worthy inner and look forward to returning next year to watch him defend the Green Jacket.

James

Reviewed in April 2013
5 5

This was a birthday present I'll never forget. Having been an avid watcher of The Masters for my adult life I had high hopes for venturing onto the hallowed turf at Augusta National. Very simply it was everything I'd exepected and more. If only I got presents like this every year!

Roger

Reviewed in April 2013
5 5

My son and I had a simply fantastic trip to watch The Masters. It is a wonderful place to watch golf with small and polite patrons following the world's top players. Our trip was made all the more special by adding on a few days at Kiawah Island, a great resort which we very much enjoyed.

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Masters Articles

The latest in news, articles and information about The Masters. Tournament stats, insights and what to do in Augusta.

It just gets better - my second day at The Masters

Tuesday at Augusta... I could get used to this...

My dream golf trip to Georgia just gets better and better, I just wish every Tuesday was like this...

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The Masters 2015 Review

My 1st Experience Attending The Masters at Augusta National

After a week spent in Augusta, YGT Rory takes you through the highlights of his trip. From the Practice Days to the being out and about in the town of Augusta, he'll try and give you some handy tips for your future Masters Golf Holidays.

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It heats up on Day 3 at Augusta...

Blue skies, sunshine and I'm on cloud nine

My day at the par-3 tournament, enjoying Jack Nicklaus, some super stars on the course and of course another sandwich to test at the concession stand...

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The Spieth Show at Augusta National

On the hunt for more tournament records...

After a 1st round 64, Jordan Spieth went low again in his 2nd round with an impressive 66. Add all that up and you've got the all time 36 hole scoring record at The Masters. And that's not the only record that fell at Augusta yesterday as Dustin Johnson made 3 eagles in a single round!

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About the US Masters

Year after year The Masters provides golf fans with the most exciting final day finishes on the golfing calendar, whilst for some 2015 was a little different as Jordan Spieth maintained his 4 shot lead for the majority of the final round, the subplots of Rose, Mickelson and even McIlroy at times provided a Masters that will live long in the memories.

Spieth went on to claim his first Green Jacket which not only saw him claim a record equalling -18 72 hole total but also claim a number of records along the way including;
• A wire to wire victory which sees him join Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ray Floyd as the only Masters Champions to do so
• First player ever to reach -19 (his bogey on 18 saw him pegged back to -18 for a tie with Tiger's scoring record)
• Most birdies scored in a Masters - 28 or 39% of holes played
• Scoring record for 36 holes
• Scoring record for 54 holes

His scores of 64, 66, 70, 70 saw him fight off the likes of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy. Even the heroics of a resurgent Tiger Woods on Saturday, who wowed the Patrons with a 6-birdie round of 68, couldn't see Spieth shaken.

Having competed in two Masters Tournaments, Spieth has a record of a tie for 2nd (finishing 3 shots behind Bubba Watson in 2014) and a win, the 21-year old Texan certainly looks like he'll be adding yet more Green Jackets to his wardrobe during the course of his career.

The Masters, it seems, never fails to deliver and in all likelihood will be the tournament to watch in 2016.

The US Masters 2016 will take place in the second week of April. The first practice round will take place on Monday the 4th of April 2014 with the champion being crowned on the evening of Sunday the 10th of April 2016 when we will hopefully have witnessed something along the lines of this year's tournament at the finest golfing arena in the game; Augusta National.

The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, who designed Augusta National with legendary course architect Alister MacKenzie, but at first one of the world's most famous and beautiful golf courses was nothing more than 365 acres of simple farming land. Due to the foresight of Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts, Fruitlands Nurseries purchased the land for $70,000 in 1931 and it is now home to the revered Augusta National Golf Course.

After the course was completed, its creators came up with the idea of organizing an annual tournament drawing all the best players from across the world. For the first five years of the tournament, it was called the Augusta National International Tournament but in 1939, its name changed to The Masters.

In line with the other majors, winning the Masters gives a golfer several privileges which make his career more secure. Masters champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship) for the next five years, and earn a lifetime invitation to the Masters. They also receive membership on the PGA Tour for the following five seasons and invitations to The Players Championship for five years. In 2015 the prize fund was US$10 million.

European players collected eleven victories in twenty years in the 1980s and 1990s, by far the strongest streak they have had in any of the three majors played in the United States since the early days of the U.S Open. Jack Nicklaus became the oldest player to win the Masters in 1986 when he won for the sixth time at age 46. In 1997, headlines were made around the world when Tiger Woods won the Masters by twelve shots at age twenty-one. Jose Maria Olazabal was the last European to win the Masters in 1999.

Like many other courses, Augusta National's championship set-up has been lengthened in recent years. In 1998, it measured approximately 6,925 yards from the Masters tees but in 2006 it was almost 500 yards longer at 7,445 yards. As well as the course being extended, the teeing positions have been altered. Some experts predict that Augusta may now play as many as three shots more following the changes, which would be approved by Jones and Roberts, whose vision was to challenge the best players in the game of golf.

Berckmans Place - The Masters Hospitality Experience

The main difference you will experience at Berckmans Place versus much of the hospitality at major sporting events is the freedom and independence you enjoy as a ticket holder. Here, there is no assigned seating, there are no round tables, no set menus and no schedule of events. Berckmans Place is more like a member's club where, as a very, very fortunate member, you have complete freedom of movement and your choice of outlets for food, drinks, retail and viewing. Feel like some sophisticated dining? No problem. Relaxed pints and bar snacks more up your street? That's fine, too. Wherever your nose, or stomach, takes you, you'll never be far from an HD screen to keep up with the action back on course.

Entertainment activities at Berckmans Place are also far from the norm. Ok, playing Augusta National is still going to be top of your bucket list after a day's hospitality here, but you'll be one incredible step closer. That's because the good people at the world's most sought after club have created millimetre-by-millimetre replicas of the 7th, 14th and 16th greens and it's on these that you'll take on a guided putting challenge. Hosted by a club caddy, you'll have a go at the official pin placements and appreciate first hand just how scary quick the surfaces are... That's only after you've picked out your weapon of choice from the putter hut, of course, and your Masters branded Pro V1 which, sadly, they're very keen for you not to take with you when you leave. It is a wonderful insight into what you'll then see live on the course and by far the most unique golf hospitality activity you'll find. Do tell us if you know one that's better!


About Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National Golf Club is home to what many view as the world's greatest golf course so it is rather fitting that the course, which admittedly has seen many changes throughout its history, was originally designed by the illustrious duo of the world's greatest golfer at the time, Bobby Jones, as well as the game's preeminent course architect, Dr Alister MacKenzie.

Influences and Early Beginnings
Considering the love both Jones and MacKenzie had for the St Andrews Old Course, it is hardly surprising that Augusta's original layout was heavily influenced by the traditional links courses of the UK & Ireland. In fact, Mackenzie took specific design characteristics from specific holes from such courses, with a handful even thought to be almost direct replicas.

From a design standpoint, many of them have rendered the course in its current guise, from a design standpoint at least, almost unrecognisable when compared to Jones and Mackenzie's original layout.

Originally, both Jones and Dr. Alister MacKenzie believed in creating holes which demanded keen attention to strategy from the player's perspective, with an array of angles from which the hole could be approached. This notion still rings true at Augusta and while there are certainly advantages to being able to hit specific portions of fairways and greens with acute precision, the course does offer a much different challenge to the one devised by the original architects.

Changes to The Original Design
Only two holes on the course have remained the same length – the 6th has actually been shortened ever so slightly – and while some have only seen small increases in length, holes such as the par 5 8th have been stretched by up to 26%!

The design features on many holes have changed too, with a long list of course architects including the likes of Perry Maxwell, George Cobb Jack Nicklaus & Tom Fazio having been commissioned to update the course at various stages in the past.

While the overall length and the challenges the course presents have changed significantly since Augusta's early days, one thing remains the same: the main challenges here lie in wait on and around the amazing green complexes which haven't been radically changed over the years.

"The greens have basically remained the same," said Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 6 Green Jackets. "They're very much the same greens that Jones and MacKenzie had,"

With huge slopes and drastic undulations featured on each and every one, the extent of which you simply have to see in person to understand, player's short games, as well as their ability to keep the ball below the hole with their approach shots is of paramount importance when playing at Augusta.

Tiger Proofing following wins for Woods 1997 and 2001 Of course, such is the magnitude and sheer volume of changes that have been made to Augusta National over the years, it would be impossible to not them all. So we've tried as best we can to give a general overview of how Augusta has changed throughout the years, and how the challenge the players face today compares with the one Jones and MacKenzie originally laid down.

While the overall yardages of Augusta National have changed greatly over the years, most notably when the course was "Tiger-Proofed" following the 2001 Masters (Tiger won again in 2002 which begs the question: Why would you lengthen a course to give the field a better chance against the longest hitter at the time?), as well as the historic design features first laid down by Bobby Jones and Dr Alister MacKenzie, one thing has remained largely constant; the green complexes.

"The greens have basically remained the same," said Jack Nicklaus in an interview with Golf.com. "They're very much the same greens that Jones and MacKenzie had," which is a good thing as the greens and their notorious run-offs give Augusta its identity, at least from a playing perspective.

Another aspect of the course they've left largely untouched is Amen Corner, the most iconic part of the course.

Away from 11, 12 & 13, the course has seen some drastic changes in places and while Nicklaus maintains that the landing spots – whether that be in the fairway or on the greens – that Jones picked out as the premium places from which you play your next shot have remained largely the same over the years, he does intimate that there is more of a premium on straighter driving.

"Augusta was always a course that tests length, accuracy, and putting, and it still is. Now, it tests accuracy more than it used to. If the course had stayed the same, they'd be shooting lights out", said Nicklaus.

How have they created a demand for straighter hitting?

Quite simply, on many holes they have planted huge numbers of trees, reshaped / repositioned bunkers and pinched the fairway in.

The Par 4 1st for example, historically measured 400 yards, and now stretches to 455 to accommodate the modern golf ball and the modern athletic golfer. In 1972 and 2006, additional trees were added to the hole flanking the fairway to punish more errant tee shots, and in 2002, the bunker on the right of the fairway was advanced 15 yards further up the hole to further tighten the landing area.

Further examples of the use of additional trees and tighter fairways, two features that support Nicklaus' notion that you must drive the ball straighter at Augusta in the modern era, can be found at the Par 47th which in its formative years, featured a generous fairway and very few trees to speak of. These days the hole is a full 110 yards longer and mighty trees line each side of the fairway, placing a real premium on an accurate tee shot.

Like the 7th, the par 4 17th, both very similar holes visually, has seen plenty of new trees added to tighten the tee shot up. In its formative years the hole almost looked like a driving range such was the sparseness of trees, but following tweaks in 1999 and 2006, the hole is now flanked by towering pines, with the tee having also been moved 40 yards further back.

Another fine example comes in the form of the Par 4 18th which has seen plenty of trees planted along the left hand side, as well as the bunkers which the players now see looming large in the distance as they line up their tee shots. These were added in 1967 whereas previously players could bail out to the left.

As we can see, the changes at Augusta National are eternally ongoing and while they are overdone from time to time – when Zach Johnson won with a score of +1 in 2007, many observed that with the birdies and eagles all but dried up, The Masters had lost some of its verve – on the most part they keep the world's greatest relevant to the modern game.


US Masters Dates 2016

The Green Jacket in 2016 will be contested between 7th - 10th April with the traditional par-3 tournament starting on Wednesday 6th. Practice days are Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th, while the morning of Wednesday 6th is another great chance to see some of the players do their preparation for The Masters prior to 9-hole tournament on the par-3 course.

The exact tee-times and gate opening / closing times will be released nearer the date.


Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Mon, 04/04/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Mon, 04/04/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
Tue, 04/05/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tue, 04/05/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Practice Day & 9-hole Par-3 Tournament featuring past Masters Champions
Gates Open:
Wed, 04/06/2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Wed, 04/06/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Opening round of the Masters at Augusta National - tee-times released the week of the event
Gates Open:
Thu, 04/07/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thu, 04/07/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Second round of the Masters at Augusta National - same pairings as Thursday
Gates Open:
Fri, 04/08/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 04/08/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Third round of the Masters at Augusta National - cut is made after two rounds
Gates Open:
Sat, 04/09/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 04/09/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Final round of the Masters at Augusta National - Green Jacket ceremony follows after play
Gates Open:
Sun, 04/10/2016 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 04/10/2016 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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The US Masters Dates 2017

The 79th edition of The Masters Tournament will take place between Monday 3rd and Sunday 9th April 2017. The actual tournament will take place between Thursday and Sunday with practice days organised for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which is also when the traditional Par-3 Tournament takes place.

The exact tee-times and gate opening / closing times will be released nearer the date.


Monday Practice Day - players pick / organise their own tee-times with the Tournament organisers, these are released on the day
Gates Open:
Mon, 04/03/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Mon, 04/03/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Tuesday Practice Day - players pick / organise their own tee-times with the Tournament organisers, these are released on the day
Gates Open:
Tue, 04/04/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tue, 04/04/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Practice Day & 9-hole Par-3 Tournament featuring past Masters Champions
Gates Open:
Wed, 04/05/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Wed, 04/05/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Opening round of the Masters at Augusta National - tee-times released the week of the event
Gates Open:
Thu, 04/06/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thu, 04/06/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Second round of the Masters at Augusta National - same pairings as Thursday
Gates Open:
Fri, 04/07/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 04/07/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Third round of the Masters at Augusta National - cut is made after two rounds
Gates Open:
Sat, 04/08/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 04/08/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Final round of the Masters at Augusta National - presentation of Green Jacket in Butler Cabin follows after play
Gates Open:
Sun, 04/09/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 04/09/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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The US Masters Dates 2018

A landmark for The Masters Tournament will take place in 2018 with the 80th Edition of the event scheduled between 2nd and 8th April. Expect a stellar field including past Champions Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott all due to challenge for the coveted Green Jacket.

The exact tee-times and gate opening / closing times will be released nearer the date.


Monday Practice Day - tee-times for individual players are released on the day of play and are subject to change.
Gates Open:
Mon, 04/02/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Mon, 04/02/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Tuesday Practice Day - tee-times for individual players are released on the day of play and are subject to change.
Gates Open:
Tue, 04/03/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Tue, 04/03/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Practice Day & 9-hole Par-3 Tournament featuring past Masters Champions
Gates Open:
Wed, 04/04/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Wed, 04/04/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Opening round of the Masters at Augusta National - tee-times released the week of the event
Gates Open:
Thu, 04/05/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Thu, 04/05/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Second round of the Masters at Augusta National - same pairings as Thursday
Gates Open:
Fri, 04/06/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Fri, 04/06/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Third round of the Masters at Augusta National - cut is made after two rounds
Gates Open:
Sat, 04/07/2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sat, 04/07/2018 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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Final round of the Masters at Augusta National - presentation of Green Jacket in Butler Cabin follows after play
Gates Open:
Sun, 04/09/2017 at 8:00 a.m.
Gates Close (approximately):
Sun, 04/09/2017 6:00 p.m.
Augusta, Georgia
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