Hosted each spring, at beautiful Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, the Masters Tournament is the first of the four major golf championships to be played this year. As golf aficionados worldwide are gearing up for the much-anticipated 2018 Masters event, we’ve compiled an Insider’s Guide To The Masters to celebrate the festivities. The complete guide to The Masters that highlights swanky VIP events, as well as ideas on how to experience golf’s most distinguished tournament in style.
Augusta National Golf Club
The week-long event starts on Monday April 2nd (practice rounds start on April 2nd, 3rd & 4th) The celebrated annual Par 3 Contest takes place on April 4th. Current and iconic golfers will join together to play in this challenging par-3 round of golf. Past contestants have included Jack Nicklaus, the late Arnold Palmer and Jack Fleck. Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters Champion, will defend his jacket against golf’s greatest players including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.
How To Travel
Private Air Travel
We recommend travelers to the Masters choose private aviation. Private jet travel enables businesses to get the most use out of their highly sought-after Masters Golf tournament passes? Because Augusta National is over two hours away from the nearest commercial airport hub, many companies will routinely fly down several groups of people, privately, from differing locations throughout the span of the competition to view the tournament, all on a single set of passes. According to Flexjet’s Vice President of Owner Experience Megan Wolf, that’s just one of the many reasons private air travel to the Masters Golf Tournament is so popular.
Corporate Chauffeured Car
During the Master’s it is a necessity to have a reliable chauffeured car to get you to tee-time promptly. Dark Horse Limousine Company is one of Augusta’s premier car service providers, ensuring you have a dedicated driver throughout the event.
Where To Stay
Rent A Private Home
Retreat to your private southern oasis when the tournament comes to a close each evening at a private luxury home. Most of these rental homes come with daily maid service with other house staff including a private chef by request. “Many of our clients enjoy having the same comforts of home including a full staff so we arrange every little detail before they arrive to the event,” says John Aduna, Partner, Music and Commerce. “Unlike all other events, it is the accepted and the normal tradition for local residents to rent their homes during Masters Week. For guests and corporations attending the Masters, having a private home to stay in offers many benefits and advantages,” says Steve Parry, President of Diamond Home Rentals.
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Located only a few minutes away from the Masters, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is close enough to be convenient, but still maintains an aura of exclusivity by being tucked away near gorgeous Lake Oconee. Enjoy the fresh air while being surrounded by the beauty of nature as you make your own hole-in-one on one of the resort’s five championship golf courses. They even feature the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, one of only eight TaylorMade Performance Labs in the world. Ladies will also delight in the resort’s 4-star spa which is infused with southern inspiration and refreshing water-themed therapies.
Where To Dine
An ultra exclusive Masters Hospitality venue offering a country club like atmosphere just steps from the pedestrian entrance of Augusta National Golf Course. Start every morning before the first tee off at the Club for exceptional breakfasts; stop by in between watching your favorite players for a hearty lunch buffet, top shelf liquor, and cigars. End the day back at the club, watch on HD TV’s the end of the day’s rounds while you listen to live entertainment, enjoy something from the grill, or get a massage. The ultimate Masters experience and social scene will be happening at the 1018 Club.
Whether you’re eating at the pasta bar for lunch in between games or having a tender steak for dinner, Augustino’s offers prime Angus Beef, fine Italian dining and award winning wines. The perfect venue in Augusta for entertaining clients and guests who are also attending the Master’s in an intimate yet refined atmosphere.
Where To Party
The 2nd annual Augusta Jam
Augusta Jam returns to celebrate some of the biggest athletes in the world through music and culture — featuring iconic rock musician, Bret Michaels, the ultimate DJ and party starter, Lil’ Jon and hip-hop sensation, Nelly. The Augusta Jam is a celebratory musical event held in the city of Augusta, Georgia during the annual Masters weekend in support of the local community and PGD Global’s mission to grow the game of golf through diversity, music, culture, and celebration. This year’s event will be held at the Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon. Augusta Jam kicks off on Tuesday, April 3rd with rocker Bret Michaels followed by Wednesday evening with Lil’ Jon on the turntables. To close out the week, it will get ‘Hot in Herre’ with an unforgettable live performance by Nelly on Friday, April 6th.
Wheels Up Master’s Party
Wheels Up, the private aviation solution company is known for its world-class service that extends from unimaginable experiences in the sky to the ground. Wheels Up host one of the top social events during the Masters, featuring some of golf’s greatest names as they gear up for a week of competition. The highlight of Wheels Up week is the Thursday night party, “Wheels Down at The Masters.” The event is hosted by Wheels Up Members Nick Faldo, Rickie Fowler, Andy North, and Scott Van Pelt; featuring food by Wheels Up Member and celebrity chef Ming Tsai, and live music by Kelley James.