Augusta National Golf Course Etiquette
The Masters Tournament is unlike any other sporting event in the world. It is a privilege to enter the hallowed grounds of this former nursery and with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Please read these guidelines carefully and understand them before you enter the course.
The daily use of a Masters Badge is a privilege. The Badge MUST be returned to your host at the end of each day to avoid penalty. Please understand that all Tournament policies, signs, verbal instructions of Tournament Officials, and traditional customs of etiquette, decorum and behavior should be observed at all times. ANY official of The Augusta National Golf Club is qualified to judge improper behavior and violations of club policies. When deemed necessary, your badge will be confiscated and you will be escorted from the grounds. The Badge number in your possession will be reported to committee officials in such instances and the original Badge owner will lose ALL future privileges. As a subsequent user of the Badge, you are agreeing to all of the referenced terms and conditions. Following are certain direct recommendations from Augusta National Golf Club:
The Masters Tournament is an international competition and the contestants are considered invited guests. Everyone should be treated with courtesy and respect. Patrons are expected to behave with the utmost dignity and consideration at all times. In exchange for the privilege of viewing one of golf’s greatest spectacles it is anticipated that you will act courteously and display equal encouragement to all participants. Bad manners will not be tolerated. You should be quiet when silence is required, remain stationary while a shot is being executed and adhere to instructions by officials. Players should never be accosted even if they are acquaintances. Any excessive noise or shouting (e.g. You’re the Man!, etc.) will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal. At NO time should you ever go “under the ropes” for whatever reasons -- ONLY use crosswalks.
A No Autograph Policy will be enforced on the Golf Course at all times. Signing will be allowed ONLY on the parking lot side of the Clubhouse.
Cameras are allowed during the Practice Rounds ONLY on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. NO cameras of any kind during Tournament Play. Violation will result in permanent badge forfeiture, removal from the premises and a substantial penalty assessed against your hosting company.
Cell Phones, Pagers, PDAs and/or any electronic devices are strictly prohibited at all times and will result in the permanent loss of tickets. You may check these items with concierges within the hospitality areas. Violation will result in permanent badge forfeiture, removal from the premises and a substantial penalty assessed against your hosting company.
72 holes stroke play under USGA Rules; Field of approximately 90 Players; field will “cut” after 36 holes to the 44 lowest scores and ties, plus those within 10 strokes of the leader. Gates open at 8 a.m. and, customarily, Tournament play will commence at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Folding arm chairs and rigid type chairs/stools are prohibited. The Augusta National offers chairs for sale on the course. Guests may not carry more than two chairs at a time and may not run to put out chairs.
Bags and Purses
No pocketbooks, purses, backpacks, personal bags, etc. larger than 10” wide by 5” deep will be allowed on the grounds. All items are subject to search.
VIOLATIONS RESULTING IN REMOVAL FROM THE COURSE WILL RESULT
IN A FINE TO THE HOST OF $3,500 PLUS TICKET REPLACEMENT COST.
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