1. Before you leave, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You'll be doing a lot of walking, and while looking cute is fun, make sure your outfit is functional, too. There are some crazy rules at Augusta, and one of them is no bare feet. If you're walking around (or even sitting down) without shoes on, you will kindly be asked to put them back on. You can bring one 10x10x12 bag, so consider bringing sunscreen, a hat, an extra pair of shoes, and a jacket as it can be cool first thing in the morning.
2. Get there as soon as the gates open. This year for practice rounds, the gates opened at 7am to the practice facility, concessions, and shopping, then to the course at 8am.
Jason Day on 18
13th hole, Azalea
2nd hole, Pink Dogwood
7. Bring a camera. Although you can't bring a cell phone any day of the tournament, on practice round days, you can bring a camera. There are so many beautiful views, and make sure you ask someone to take a photo of you and your group - you won't regret it.
8. Watch players skip golf balls on 16. The 16th hole is a par 3, and after golfers hit their tee shot, they walk towards the water that connects the tee box to the green. Patrons yell, "Skip! Skip! Skip!" and almost every player stops to hit an extra ball, trying to skip it across the water to the green. Obviously, this is only done on practice round days since the scores aren't counted, and it's fun to watch the golfers have a little fun with their sport.
Dustin Johnson skipping his shot on hole 16
9. Take a photo in front of the clubhouse. Technically, you can do this any day during the week, but having the opportunity to bring your own camera on practice round days makes it not necessary to wait in the hour+ line for a photo. If you wind around the side of the clubhouse, you can have the club photographer take a photo of you and your group in front of Founders' Circle on Magnolia Lane (where the flowering Augusta National logo is). These photos are completely free, and you can print them out later through the Masters website.
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If you'd like to check out more of my Masters-inspired posts, check out: Masters Morning Mimosas, Copycat Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Five Tips For Hosting Your Own Masters Viewing Party.