Talk about bucket list! Our experience at The Masters in 2019 could not have been better. We went for three days: Wednesday Practice Round and the Thursday and Friday Tournament Rounds. I really wanted to go to a practice round as those are the only days you can take a camera. Could not have been a better day for pictures and to catch a few players on the course, including the eventual winner, Tiger Woods. The first two tournament rounds were awesome as well as the quality of play was fantastic. Here are my observations of my very first Masters Tournament:
The Grounds and Course are Impeccable
I know you may have heard it before, but the course and grounds are taken care of by the best in the world. The course had taken an inch and half of rain on Tuesday so the underground pumps were on clearing any water and there were a few soggy spots but not a weed, nor piece of trash nor blemish on any of the course or grounds.
Friendly and Efficient Service
The staff at The Masters are trained to handle large crowds like you would not believe. Friendly but moving you right along whether you are in line at the concession stands, Pro Shop or restrooms.
Great Range and Practice Area
The stands for watching the players warm up and work on their game is easily accessible and a great way to see what the guys are working on. Of course, their coaches were all there working with them as well.
This Course is Tough
After walking the entire course on the first day, I can tell you the length and variation in altitude of each hole is a challenge. And, the trees are so tall, they can mask how the breeze may affect a golf shot when observing from the tee box. I know we saw that on several holes on Sunday. And, the undulations in the greens is really not done justice on TV.
These Guys are Good!
We saw it at the practice round and during the first two rounds. These guys do not have many unforced errors and when they do, they recover extremely well. We saw JB Holmes cut a 175 yard shot from the Number 3 fairway to 10 feet on the Number 7 green. And, this was the highest number of players to qualify for the final two days in Masters history.
The Best Vantage Points
When the crowds start coming, and they get to be huge, you either move along and view shots from the fairway or park yourself in a chair or bleacher seat at a particular hole. Again, pick your poison but we had some great views of all the players on 7, 12, 13, 16. And the 18th is still a pretty spectacular hole.
So, finally after being and avid golfer for over 45 years and being in the business for over 20 years, I got the opportunity to get to The Masters. The best golfing experience yet…especially to see how close the play was right up until Tiger won on Sunday!