The Masters - More Than Tournament Golf

Posted on August 14, 2019

The Masters is more than just a major golf tournament that attracts the best golfers from around the world, it's a world-class event in a charming location that dazzles everyone who attends. Annualy the first full week of April, both professionals and fans of the sport gather in Augusta, Georgia to celebrate this prestigious tournament and participate in many of the activities that take place in and around the club. The following are just a few reasons why The Masters is more than just an ordinary tournament:

Impeccable Grounds

Augusta National is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, one of the more important reasons why The Masters is such a special tournament. Originally the brainchild of Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, the course opened in 1933 and has been the only host of this major tournament since 1934 for a good reason. The groundskeepers go through immense effort to keep the course looking its best and strict rules are put into place in the weeks leading up to the tournament. As a result, players and patrons experience a course that is unlike any other. 

Champions' Dinner

Held on the Tuesday before the first round of the tournament, the previous year's winner of The Masters hosts a dinner for other previous winners and a few select members of Augusta National. With help from the club's chef, the host designs a menu of his choice typically themed from their home country. Past examples include Bernhard Langer's wiener schnitzel, Vijay Singh's seafood tom kah, and Nick Faldo's fish and chips.

Supporting Youth Golf

A big part of The Augusta National & The Masters over the last 20 years has been the promotion of youth golf. Since 2005, the Rock Fore! Dough event has raised funds for a variety of programs that support young players. It takes place each year on the Tuesday before the Tournament and features talented artists as well as famous golfers who want to give back to the community.

There's also the Drive, Chip and Putt competition that showcases the best youth players from throughout the country.

To be part of the upcoming 2020 Masters Golf Tournament, Major Sports Augusta is your trusted travel provider for the most memorable Augusta experience! With over 18 years of service in hosting Augusta travel, our planners will customize a travel experience specific to your needs while keeping you within your desired budget.  Give us a call to so you can check one more off your bucket list!

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5 championship keys to winning at The Masters

Posted on August 8, 2019

The Masters is one of the most unique professional golf tournaments in the world. It's the only major tournament held at the same location each year, and since it's an invitation-only event, it has a small field of elite players who are very competitive. While a wide range of play styles have led to victories at Augusta since its inception, there are few select qualities in play that help players the most at this major. 

Greens in Regulation

Among all stats, including the number of putts, fairways, and drive distance, greens in regulation has had the largest correlation with winning The Masters. Players who have led the field in greens in regulation won the tournament 6 times compared to just one time for fairways or putts. In the last ten events, the winner of The Masters has only finished outside the top 5 for greens in regulation twice. If players have any hope of winning this major, they'll need to focus on getting on the green as quickly as possible each hole.

Putting Performance

Putting is crucial to winning any PGA tournament, but the greens at Augusta can have very fast greens that make putting mistakes even more costly than normal. Since Augusta National Golf Club does not use ShotLink during The Masters to measure exact putt length, it's difficult to determine how putting performance affects the chance of winning. Still, previous champions have showcased impressive putting skills during key moments of the tournament. 

An Experienced, Well-Tuned Professional

Augusta National is a golf course that rewards experienced players who are at the top of their game. A rookie has only won the tournament once in history, and no player has won within the last eight years without also finishing within the top three at another tournament within the same year. Defending champions, however, don't have a great success rate at Augusta with the last repeat victory dating back to Tiger Woods in 2002.

The Masters is considered the easiest major tournament to predict the winner due to these factors. These predictive factors, however, don't make this championship any less exciting. Golf at Augusta National is always tense and highly competitive.

Hidden Gems Only Found at the Masters!

Posted on June 11, 2019

Singular in its iconic status, legendary in its dedication to tradition & class, breathtaking in its display of elegance & stylized execution, the Masters is an annual event that epitomizes the culmination of athletic competition and sophistication. 

Within this extraordinary tournament one can find locations and items that only those in attendance have the unique opportunity to experience elevating this once-in-a-lifetime trip to even greater heights!

Here are 5 such gems:

Getting a snack won’t break the bank

Whether it’s the $1.50 Egg Salad or Pimento Cheese sandwiches or the $1.50 Georgia Pecan Caramel Popcorn or the $2.00 Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwich, the Masters Golf Tournament boasts some of the most affordable food prices of any major sporting event.

Where else can you have a full lunch with drink for less than $7.00 in the midst of  a "Heaven on Earth" atmosphere?  There aren't many places I can think of other than at the Masters!

A round of Golf during the Masters

While it’s true that round of golf can be played in Augusta almost any time during a visit to the great city of Augusta, there is only one time a year when you can play when the aura of the Masters Golf Tournament is in the air.  Just a short distance from the Tournament is one of the most historic & iconic golf courses in the Garden City: Forest Hills Golf Club!

In particular, this course is where legendary Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones began his infamous Grand Slam of Golf.  Playing at the picturesque Forest Hill Golf Club will have you walking in the echoes of one of golf’s most celebrated figures as you tee-off for a memorable round before your focus changes to attending tournament play at the nearby Augusta National.

Where the Heavens Meet

Upon finding your way back to the Masters, there are few spots no more spectacular than the famed Amen Corner. Get there to claim your spot early as this “must see” hidden gem consists of three converging holes with a remarkable view unlike any other.

The first of the three, objectively the most difficult hole of the tournament, is the Par 4 11th.

After that is the shortest, arguably most dangerous hole of the tournament, the Par 3 12th.

And finally, one of the longest holes on the course, the Par 5 13th rounds out this panoramic perch. From this gem you can view some of the most triumphant and tragic moments of the tournament.

A place to rest

Now that you’ve studied the course and found a few prime perches, let’s talk about your seat. For the reasonable price of $30, pick up the simple green folding chair adorned with The Masters logo at the merchandise shop and put it to use where ever you go.  This gem of the Masters is one you'll gladly take home with you as a cherished souvenir!  This piece of memorabilia is as functional as it is ubiquitous around the tournament.

1112 Stanley Dr. Augusta Ga

There is, however, one place on the grounds where your seat can’t be placed. That is the site of the final gem on our list.

At 1112 Stanley Drive sits the home of Herman & Elizabeth Thacker. This otherwise non-descript house has the unique distinction of sitting squarely in the middle of the Augusta National golf club.

Built in 1959, this home has withstood numerous attempts by Augusta National to purchase it as part of the expansion in their ever changing growth of the club's footprint. The Thackers aren’t selling any time soon!

These are only a few of the fantastic features waiting for you at the Masters. But the only way to find them is to be there. The last hidden gem isn’t quite so hidden- it is Major Sports Augusta!

Major Sports Augusta is your trusted travel provider for the proper planning required for the most memorable Augusta experience! With over 18 years of service in hosting Augusta travel, our planners will customize a travel experience specific to your needs while keeping you within your desired budget.  Give us a call to so you can check one more off your bucket list!

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How The Masters has repeatedly changed the game

Posted on May 10, 2019

Change is the only constant in life. This idiom speaks to the ever-evolving nature of all things. In business, as in the game of life, the goal is to always remain ahead of these constantly-shifting elements that make or break your success.

To win the game, and continue winning, you must be able to adapt to change.

The Masters is an event deeply rooted in tradition and history; but even this mighty example of heritage and ritual has undergone fundamental changes and growth over the years. Held annually at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta Ga., the only thing unchanged over the years is the location.

In this, the Masters has influenced changes in the landscape of the game of golf and golfing culture the world over.

Television coverage of The Masters has changed the way golf tournaments are followed around the world. As technology has evolved, so has the ability for the Masters to imprint itself as one of world’s most significant sporting events.

From its initial coverage in 1956... to the expansion of coverage in 1958... to its 1966 first colorized presentation... 1982’s inclusion of Thursday and Friday play through the present, The Masters has consistently moved the needle and shaped the reach of the game itself.

With the evolution of technology and television coverage, the cachet of The Masters has become synonymous with prestige and status, globally recognized as a rare and valuable business opportunity.

In terms of promotional, marketing, networking, and client recruitment potential, this change represents prospects that few other annual events can offer. The inherent investment opportunities that exists with a ticket to The Masters simply cannot be overstated.

The key to capitalizing on change comes down to preparation and positioning. Anticipating change and maximizing on its benefits is the most reliable and assured way to win the game.  

If you desire to seize the opportunities that the Masters provides… you gotta be there.

Carpe Diem!

Let Major Sports Augusta help you seize the day. With our custom travel packages and individualized care, we can help position you at the Masters in class, style, and unrivaled comfort.

Change is inevitable. As the Masters continues to be a driving force in that change, allow Major Sports Augusta to be the trusted travel provider that helps you use that force to drive your business forward.

Call and speak with one of our knowledgeable and professional travel advisors and we’ll find a package that fits your needs.   

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Maximizing your budget at the Masters

Posted on April 26, 2019

A trip to the Masters can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Masters affords its attendees the chance to witness world-class athletic competition in elegance and comfort while simultaneously experiencing first-rate accommodations in a setting tailor-made for corporate relations.

The key to planning is efficiency, both financial and with time. Making every choice a practical one and every cent spent a productive one.

At the heart is proper planning. Getting the most out of every dollar spent and maximizing your return on investment (ROI) while attending the Masters comes down to three basic components:

  • Having a clear and concise idea of your desired outcome
  • An adequate budget
  • Trusting the right travel provider

What is your vision?

Your ability to fully realize these benefits hindges on having a clear vision of what your trip intends to accomplish.

  1. Do you require a full travel package or just event passes?
    1. If so, which of our travel packages fit your specific needs?
  2. Is this a personal trip or group excursion?
  3. Is this a trip designed as a component of a corporate incentive program or as a marketing tool?
  4. Is this a trip intended to entice and promote relations with high-level clientele?
  5. What type of additions would you like to include?
    1. Residential accommodations
    2. Rounds of golf at exclusive premium golf clubs
    3. Hosted dinners with chef and staff arrangements
    4. Dinner reservations
    5. Private event transportation

Knowing your budget

Allocating adequate time and financial resources for the planning and execution of a trip to the Masters is essential.

Allotting a sufficient budget ensures all components of your trip can be reserved as well as being paid for in advance. This allows you to put your mind at ease with the knowledge that all your needs have been accounted for.

Knowing who to trust

This may be the most important part of your event as choosing the right travel provider can make or break your trip.

Trusting the right provider means choosing a team that takes the time to understand as well as anticipate your needs.  You want a company that appreciates and respects your resources and who actively works to make the most out of your valuable time and finances.

A team dedicated to YOUR vision & YOUR desired outcome!

Bottom line

What is your goal?  What is your budget?  Who can you trust?  These are the questions you need to ask in order to guarantee that you’ll be getting the most out of your budget when planning to attend the Masters Golf Tournament.

Fortunately, the answer for all of these question can be found with the help of Major Sports Augusta.

Major Sports Augusta will work with you to help create a vision that fits your specific needs. We can find an option that fits within the parameters of your allocated budget while fulfilling all of those established needs. The end result is making the very most of your time and resources!

And finally, Major Sports Augusta is who you should trust to treat your time, money, and vision with the respect and regard that it deserves.  Our expertise in hosting both individual and corporate clients allows us to ensure that every cent and every minute spent is fully utilized in making your trip to the Masters the once-in-a-lifetime event that it should be.

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