If you follow me on Instagram you know the hubby and I made a day trip to Augusta last Friday. But of course, this wasn’t just ANY day trip to Augusta. It was a day trip to attend the Friday Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National.
Now, if you or your husband play or watch golf, then you already know what Masters Friday means.
If you don’t, let me bring you up to speed.
The Masters is a golf tournament played in early April in Augusta, GA- which is about 2 hours from Atlanta. My husband has been fortunate to attend the past several years but was never given two passes so I had never been myself. But boy, have I been forced to watch it and hear all about its majestic beauty for YEARS. Masters week is considered a “holiday” week around our house, and it is actually blocked off on our calendar a year in advance. Y’all, I am not kidding when I say my hubby sheds a tear when he hears the Masters music play, and it was even his ring tone this year.
So, needless to say, there was a big expectation for Masters Friday for this newbie.
Now, I don’t play golf but let me tell you, I am a Masters believer.
Masters Golf Tournament Day Trip Recap:
We woke up at 5:45 and the sitter arrived at 7am. It was a chilly morning and was going to be a windy day so we layered up and I went for comfort over cute. We jumped in the car and started our cruise down I-20.
By the time we got to Augusta and parked, it was around 10:00. Now, this is where it gets interesting. They do not allow phones or cameras into the Masters. So we grabbed our passes, did a quick selfie, left our phones and headed to the gates.
Walking in felt a little like a grown up Disney world entrance. The excitement! The anticipation! Since we got there so early, we headed straight to the merchandise shop and loaded up. (Tip- ship it to yourself if you live nearby- the line was 1/10th long as it was to check it and we didn’t have to worry about it again!)
Masters Golf Tournament Day Food:
Once we got our fill of Masters gear, we went to concessions for some food. Concessions was so campy and fun, it really felt like I stepped back into summer camp. Even though it feels old school, everything was a well oiled machine and the lines moving surprisingly fast.
Let me go ahead tell you, the only thing I was looking forward to more than seeing Augusta National was eating a Masters Egg Salad and Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich. So I ordered both. They were $1.5o EACH. And they were amazing. I loved how they just had racks of sammies ready to grab and even saved a wrapper so you can see how they come packaged.
Masters Golf Tournament Day- Magnolia Lane:
From there, we wandered around for a couple hours. Since my husband is OBSESSED he knew every spot along the course and was the perfect tour guide. Before the leaders teed off, we totally lucked out and ended up in the front of the clubhouse right in front of Magnolia Lane. Magnolia Lane is the street as you drive to the clubhouse and it is AMAZING. They didn’t stretch when they named it because it really is a lane lined with amazing Magnolia Trees. They had three stations set up and were taking pics of people in front of the clubhouse. The line wasn’t long so we jumped in. I am so glad we did this so we had one picture from inside to commemorate this day.
Masters Golf Tournament Day- Where We Watched:
Since we knew we couldn’t bring our phones, we had planned to meet some friends beforehand around lunch. Of course, I proceeded to eat two more Masters Sandwiches. Yes, that is four if you are keeping tabs. But also only $6! I mean, that is unbelievable. From there we cruised around and saw each hole. My favorite spot was hanging out at Amen Corner which was holes 11, 12 and 13. We hung out here for quite some time and saw some of our faves play through.
There was at least 25 times throughout the day that I wished I had my camera. And not just to stalk Adam Scott. But in a way, it was totally refreshing to not have people on their phones and makes it seem that much more majestic and special. All in all, it was definitely a bucket list kind of day. And I may or may not already be scheming of ways to get passes again next year.
Of course, the rest of the weekend was spent glued to the TV watching the rest of the tournament. And then Sunday, I think everyone was a bit heartbroken for class act Jordan Spieth.
If you can’t make it to see the Masters in person- click here to see tips and ideas for hosting a Masters Golf Party.