- This weekend the best golfers in the world will meet at Augusta National to compete in the Masters.
- Augusta National prides itself in tradition and carries some strict rules for patrons attending the tournament.
- Among other things, patrons in attendance are not allowed to carry phones, bags, or cameras while walking the course.
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The Masters is a tournament of tradition – caddies are still made to wear their all-white overalls while walking the course, and fans who have travelled to Augusta National to take in the tournament are referred to as “patrons.”
Still, there are even more arcane rules at Augusta National, all the way down to what patrons can bring on to the grounds. Below you can check out a list of all the items that will get you stopped by security at the Masters before you even take the course.
Fans looking to post Instagram selfies with their favourite golfers at the Masters will have to find another way to share their content, as Augusta National forbids any phones. While there are plenty of signs to help patrons find their way around the course, meeting up with friends if you get separated could prove difficult without communication. For fans who need to reach someone off the course, payphones are available.
Bulky bags and backpacks
Not allowing big bags has become a somewhat standard practice at many sporting events of late, but still, taking in hours and hours of golf and walking the course without a sizable pack could prove frustrating for some.
Beepers or other electronic devices
Proving how old school the Masters is, the tournament still has rules on the books regarding the use of beepers. So yeah, doctors better leave their pagers at home, as most others have for the past 15 years.
Cameras are allowed on the course at Augusta National during the practice rounds but not after the tournament starts on Thursday. With so many fantastic views and sites to capture at Augusta National, it makes sense that fans looking to take home some memories on film would get to the tournament a day early to take advantage.
Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)
While apparently there was a time, as the above picture shows, that bringing guns on golf courses was a thing that happened, Augusta National has a strict policy against weapons of any kind. Regardless of your permit, you won’t be allowed onto the course armed.
It should also come as no surprise that Augusta National would prefer fans don’t bring alcohol onto their pristine course. Thankfully, beer is reasonably priced, so golf fans can still enjoy a brew while taking in the action.
Beverage containers and coolers
Similarly, the Masters does not want patrons walking the grounds with coolers filled with drinks. Again, there’s plenty of reasonably priced food and beverages available, so planning a Masters tailgate may be unnecessary.
Flags, banners, and signs
While fans at some golf tournaments have been encouraged to be rowdier of late, the Masters is as traditional as they come, with flags and signs banned.
Folding armchairs, rigid type chairs, or stools
While Augusta National permits chairs, which are necessary for anyone hoping to watch up close at one of the greens for the majority of the day, it’s vital that patrons have the right type of seat. “If you bring a chair, make sure it’s a collapsible one without armrests,” is the official line, so the safest way to get a seat might merely be to buy one from the Pro Shop at Augusta to ensure it passes all inspections.
Ladders, periscopes, and selfie sticks
The people who run the Masters want to make sure everyone has a fair shot at the views offered at Augusta National, so selfie sticks and ladders are out of the question. If you want to be able to see a part of the golf course without jumping over the crowds, it’s probably best to arrive early.
Radios, TVs, and tape recorders
It’s probably for the best that any and all electronics of yours are left at home if you’re planning on attending the Masters. If you need to keep up with something happening off the course, your best bet will be to make use of the phone bank.
While there is no age restriction on the course, it’s best to use your head when planning on bringing children along to the Masters. Strollers are not allowed, meaning that should you bring a young child, you’ll be holding them for a large amount of the day.
The good news is that children aged 8-16 can attend for free if they are with somebody with a patron badge. They do not have to be related.
While you’ll see rules officials walking the course with walkie-talkies, fans watching from the sidelines are forbidden from having them, just in case you thought you had found a workaround on the course’s phone ban.
Souvenirs not purchased in the official Augusta National shop
This may be obvious, but don’t even think about taking something from the course, even a cup of sand.
In 2012, a patron decided to collect some sand in a beer cup as a souvenir. He was arrested and later recounted how the incident cost him approximately $US20,000 and left him depressed.