How to Get Tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament

By Steve Silverman

Getting tickets to any of the top sporting events in the United States is difficult. The Super Bowl, World Series, the Indy 500 and the Kentucky Derby are all more than just sports events. They are part of American culture. So is the Masters Golf Tournament, held every year in Augusta, Georgia. If tickets for the Super Bowl and World Series are hard to get, tickets for the Masters are almost impossible.


Difficulty: Challenging
Step 1
The cheapest chance to get Masters tickets is through Augusta National Golf Club's own lottery system. By going to their website, you can apply for tickets awarded by lottery for practice rounds and tournament rounds. Naturally, practice rounds are cheaper, but compared to the secondary market any tickets gained through the lottery system are a steal. Practice rounds are under $100 while tournament rounds hover around the $100 mark. Fans are limited to a maximum of four tickets per round.  
Step 2
Considering only a small number of tickets go through the lottery system, most fans must look to the ticket resale market. Go through a website like Stub Hub. Stub Hub is one of the top off-site ticket selling agencies for sports events and concerts throughout the United States. Tickets through brokers range in price from $1,500 to $12,000 for the four-day tournament.
Step 3
Go to eBay and get involved in an online auction. Tickets are not plentiful and prices will be at least $2,500 for the event.
Step 4
Write letters to the top golfers through the Professional Golf Association. Golfers in the tournament get to purchase a limited number of tickets, and they have been known to resell them to fans. It's best to have a relationship with a golfer to begin with, but it is possible.
Step 5
Go to Augusta and try to buy tickets from scalpers. Scalping tickets to sporting events in Georgia is legal as long as it is 1,500 feet or more away from the event. If the weather is great, scalpers can get $1,500 or more for a Masters Badge that will allow the owner admittance to the grounds.

Tips & Warnings

Be personable and persistent. If you can make contact with a pro golfer, you may have your best opportunity to see the tournament in person.


About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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