Masters Tournament 2016: Your One-Stop Guide

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Masters Tournament 2016

Augusta National Golf Club

2604 Washington Road

Augusta, Georgia 30904

(706) 667-6000

Dates: Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Amen Corner, Augusta National Golf Club
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History

The Masters Tournament is the first of the four major championships played each year by qualifying members of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). The Masters is held every April at Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Augusta, Georgia. The Masters Tournament was established in 1933 by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones; the former was an investment dealer and golf administrator, the latter, an amateur golfer and lawyer. The winner of the Masters receives the storied green jacket and keeps it for one year after his victory, a tradition begun in 1949. The course is 7,435 yards and features a par of 72.

Players who have won three or more Masters championships include Jack Nicklaus (6: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986), Arnold Palmer (4: 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964), Tiger Woods (4: 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005), Jimmy Demaret (3: 1940, 1947, and 1950), Sam Snead (3: 1949, 1952, and 1954), Gary Player (3: 1961, 1974, and 1978), Nick Faldo (3: 1989, 1990, and 1996), and Phil Mickelson (3: 2004, 2006, and 2010). The reigning Masters champion is Jordan Spieth.

Arnold Palmer with course founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts in 1958
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Where to Stay

When planning your trip to the 2016 Masters Tournament, the AtTheTee.com team recommends using the city of Augusta’s website to book your accommodations. The closest accommodations include La Quinta Inn (1.9 miles from Augusta National), Comfort Suites Riverwatch (2.4 miles), Jameson Suites Augusta (2.5 miles), Home2Suites by Hilton (4.2 miles), and Quality Inn Medical Center (4.3 miles).

2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson helps 2015 champion Jordan Spieth
don the famous Green Jacket
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What to Do

The city of Augusta’s website is also a great place to look for other things to do during your trip. Some of its best attractions include Artists Row, Augusta Riverwalk, a Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta, the Morris Museum of Art and Patriot Riverboat Tours. Augusta is also home to a number of historic properties, including Meadow Garden (home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton), the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. If shopping is more your speed, check out the Augusta Mall, the Augusta Visitor Center, and the Trends & Traditions Antique Mall.

Augusta at night
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What to Eat

Some of Augusta’s best restaurants include Honey from the Rock Cafe (.4 miles), Abel Brown (1.9 miles), Frog Hollow Tavern (4.6 miles)Craft & Vine (4.7 miles), and Humanitree House (4.8 miles). To learn more about dining in Augusta, follow this link. According to travel insider Matt Ginella’s article on GolfChannel.com, “a lot of locals like Luigi’s (5.1 miles), and so does Ben Crenshaw, who brings in a big group every year.” He adds that “Patricia Sheehan Beck is the granddaughter of Jerome Franklin, who was member No. 3 at Augusta National. Franklin was a close friend of co-founder Clifford Roberts, and now his granddaughter and her husband, John Beck, own Sheehan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (3.3 miles), [which is also a popular option].”

Matt Ginella is Golf Channel’s resident travel insider and senior editor for GolfAdvisor.com. Learn more here and @MattGinellaGC on Twitter.

 

The owners of Luigi's, Charles Ballas, Sr. and Chuck Ballas, Jr. flank Ben Crenshaw “many years ago”
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Where to Golf

Although Augusta National is a private golf club that is available only to club members and their guests, there are several other places for you to golf during your trip. These courses include Forest Hills Golf Club (4.4 miles), The River Golf Club (6.1 miles), Jones Creek Golf Club (6.5 miles), and the Gordon Lakes Golf Course (14.6 miles).

Three-time Masters champion (2004, 2006, and 2010) Phil Mickelson in 2004
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Six-time Masters champion (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986) Jack Nicklaus in 1986
Image source: www.2014.masters.com

Links

Augusta National

Masters.com

PGA.com

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