What. An. Experience. Masters week is in the books , and this was one to remember. It all began back in June of last year, when somehow I became the lucky winner of 4 tickets to the Wednesday practice round at the Masters. Fast forward 10 months and here we are, walking in through the gates of the hallowed grounds. And boy, they did not disappoint.
We walked in the south gates at 7:40 and immediately headed to the gift shop to get it out of the way. After 20 minutes and lots of damage to our checking account, we left with lots of goods in tow (more to come on that later). We dropped everything off back at the truck and away we went to sit our chairs at No. 16 to watch the festivities later in the day.
After regrouping and setting a plan, we walked from 16 to 6, 5, 4 and on around to 1 and the clubhouse stopping along the way for breakfast, to watch a few of the early bird players and to take in all of the glory of each hole. Once at the clubhouse we headed over to the practice range to see all of the action. There were lots of players out on the course and at the range (pictures below). From the range we headed back to the course and after stopping to take pictures at the main scoreboard, we headed toward Amen Corner.
At Amen Corner, we sat and watched a couple of groups come in, including Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, and Zach Johnson. We indulged ourselves with some lunch for a whopping $18 between Ang and I that included a 3 course meal and beverages (you can’t beat the prices) and enjoyed the buzz around the infamous 3 hole stretch. Then it was off to No. 16 to find our seats to finish watching the groups come through to skip across the pond.
After sitting for a while we headed back to clubhouse and the putting green to catch a glimpse of a few big names and past champions including Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, and Charl Swartzel. After watching a few putts roll in we headed over to the Par 3 contest for the final leg of the day.
The par 3 was such a special event but was so jam packed that it was nearly impossible to tell what was happening. I was able to watch most of the action at the No. 7 green, including Tony Finau’s hole-in-one and ankle incident. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, along with Tom Watson and Gary Player rolled through and in front of them was a power threesome of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas.
All-in-all, I would say that I got the most our of my Masters and enjoyed each bit of each grueling step (those hills are much bigger in person). I am thankful for the tournament to give a lucky guy like myself a few tickets for myself, my wife, my father and my uncle to enjoy the day and make the tournament that much more special. Now for what you really want to see, the pictures:
The Par Three Contest