21 Things You Never Knew About The Masters

The Masters is one of the most unusual events in sports.

It’s all about tradition, and it’s defined by a set of odd rules and customs that just doesn’t exist outside of Augusta National.

It’s great.

We compiled the oddest traditions that make the Masters and Augusta one of a kind.

Food prices are ridiculously low.

Tipping is banned.

Source: NYT

Mobile phones are banned.

It's one of the only places in the U.S. where there are long lines for payphones.

Fans aren't allowed to wear their hats backwards.

Source: NYT

There's a huge fence around the course to keep out animals. There has been one deer sighting in the last 65 years.

Source: NYT

Tickets are dirt cheap; only $US250 for a four-day pass. But you have to win a lottery to buy them.

Only four minutes of commercials per hour are allowed on the broadcast.

Source: ESPN

TV commentators are required to call fans 'patrons,' and the rough the 'second cut.'

Source: The Age

The Masters banned CBS broadcaster Gary McCord in 1995 for saying, 'They don't cut the greens here at Augusta, they use bikini wax.'

Source: SI

Players had to use local caddies provided by Augusta until 1983.

Source: ESPN

Players are allowed to use their own caddies now, but they have to wear the Augusta uniform -- green hat, white jumpsuit.

You can't apply to become a member at Augusta.

It's nearly impossible to become a member at Augusta.

You have to be be nominated by a current Augusta member, and new initiations generally aren't accepted unless someone quits or dies. The total membership hovers around 300.

Source: Augusta.com

Augusta is closed in the summer to keep the course in pristine shape.

Even the press conference podium is immaculate.

You can go to jail for selling tickets.

Twenty-four people were arrested outside Augusta last year for trying to scalp tickets.

The course is insane about who it lets into the tournament. It's illegal to sell tickets within 2,700 feet of the gates.

In addition, you don't buy tickets, you 'apply' for them in a process that begins just a few weeks after the tournament ends.

Grounds crew members wear hard hats.

The bunkers at Augusta are filled with mining waste.

You know those pristine white bunkers?

They're actually composed of waste product from the mining of aluminium, according to Golf.com

Basically, there's this company that mines feldspar (rocks) for aluminium. This process produces waste in the form of really bright, pure quartz -- that's what Augusta uses.

The media center (to the left and right of this cup) is enormous.

The course used cows as lawnmowers in the 1940s.

A close-up picture of the fairways at Augusta.

Augusta is its own universe with a tenuous connection to the outside world (see: all the ridiculous anecdotes in this slideshow).

But WWII affected Augusta just like it did the rest of the country. During the war, Augusta didn't have the manpower to maintain the course, so they set 200 cattle loose on the grounds in hopes that they would 'trim' the grass by eating it.

You can only ask for autographs in one part of the course.

Fans always line the ropes at big tournaments in hopes of getting a signature. But this is tougher to do at Augusta.

You can only try and solicit an autograph on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse, near the practice facilities.

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