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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:11 PM

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Finally, after 10 years of trying - 2 tickets for Friday! I guess I better book the hotel stay now before it fills up. I know it's not a great area, but does anyone with experience have suggestions for a nice 3'ish star hotel that you'd recommend?

If you want to stay anywhere in Augusta, expect to pay a lot for even a so-so hotel. We stayed at the Quality Inn & Suites (which after checking in we were referring to as the "Not So Quality Inn & Suites") very close to the course last year and I think it was like $400 a night. Some of the nicer hotels go for $6-800/night.

If you want it to be more affordable, stay somewhere 60-90 minutes away and make the drive into Augusta early AM.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:15 PM

Just went ahead and booked the last Hilton property that was still available. It's only a few miles from the gates. They even accepted points....now I can spend even more money on merch!

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:22 PM

One buddy hit 4 for Monday and another hit 2 for Thursday.  None for me.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 12:22 PM

One final question:  with Friday being a "one and done", I might want to add one more day (either Thursday or Saturday) to extend the experience a bit. Am I looking at buying it off a scalper for $1000+ each? Would it be better to purchase now?  Sorry for the noob questions, I'll research more tonight but just wanted a quick primer.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:15 PM

One of my buddies got 4 for Wednesday and I'm going. I CANNOT WAIT.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:19 PM

Got 4 for Wednesday! Been trying for the past 5 years or so. This year I told my wife after the tournament aired, "If I ever win tickets, I am going." And, now I am going! I am still in shock and disbelief.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:21 PM

Got 4 for Tuesday... Going to be in Charleston the week before with my family for Spring Break.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:24 PM

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 07:34 AM

.....denied

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 07:40 AM

View Postsekrah, on 02 July 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

View Postvernon, on 02 July 2018 - 11:09 AM, said:

View Postezpz, on 02 July 2018 - 08:15 AM, said:

rejected again, my new plan will be to win the powerball lotery and just buy masters tickets for 4k. Should give me a better chance of picking them up.
Sound approach I say.  Odds can't be much worse!

I think people are greatly exaggerating the odds.  As you can see from the thread, people hit. It's probably about 10-1 to hit something if you put in for every day.  That doesn't mean you can't go 15-20 years without winning though.  Just keep trying.
To clarify, I'm only speaking to "my" odds.  Not those afforded the rest of civilization.........

I will, however, continue to submit an entry each and every year primarily due to the fact that I seem to crave rejection and disappointment.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 07:54 AM

View Postgarrifij, on 02 July 2018 - 11:47 AM, said:

Finally, after 10 years of trying - 2 tickets for Friday! I guess I better book the hotel stay now before it fills up. I know it's not a great area, but does anyone with experience have suggestions for a nice 3'ish star hotel that you'd recommend?

Stayed here last year:  http://augusta.eccosuites.com/

Redone semi-recently so not too shabby, beds were not the most comfortable but we didn't spend much time in in the room.  SUPER close to the course.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 11:43 AM

View Postddetts, on 02 July 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

View Postgarrifij, on 02 July 2018 - 11:47 AM, said:

Finally, after 10 years of trying - 2 tickets for Friday! I guess I better book the hotel stay now before it fills up. I know it's not a great area, but does anyone with experience have suggestions for a nice 3'ish star hotel that you'd recommend?

If you want to stay anywhere in Augusta, expect to pay a lot for even a so-so hotel. We stayed at the Quality Inn & Suites (which after checking in we were referring to as the "Not So Quality Inn & Suites") very close to the course last year and I think it was like $400 a night. Some of the nicer hotels go for $6-800/night.

If you want it to be more affordable, stay somewhere 60-90 minutes away and make the drive into Augusta early AM.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Thomson... they messed up last year and never changed their cost paying with points. We got 2 nights for the equivalent of $200...

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 11:53 AM

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View Postddetts, on 02 July 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

View Postgarrifij, on 02 July 2018 - 11:47 AM, said:

Finally, after 10 years of trying - 2 tickets for Friday! I guess I better book the hotel stay now before it fills up. I know it's not a great area, but does anyone with experience have suggestions for a nice 3'ish star hotel that you'd recommend?

If you want to stay anywhere in Augusta, expect to pay a lot for even a so-so hotel. We stayed at the Quality Inn & Suites (which after checking in we were referring to as the "Not So Quality Inn & Suites") very close to the course last year and I think it was like $400 a night. Some of the nicer hotels go for $6-800/night.

If you want it to be more affordable, stay somewhere 60-90 minutes away and make the drive into Augusta early AM.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Thomson... they messed up last year and never changed their cost paying with points. We got 2 nights for the equivalent of $200...

Wow, that's a huge win!

2 years ago, I had Monday tickets and stayed a Sunday night. I'm not sure if all places just don't up their rates until Monday night or what, but we stayed at the Clarion Inn & Suites right off Washington near the course for like $149 or something ridiculous.
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Posted 03 July 2018 - 09:57 PM

I got one of my friends to sign up for me this year and we got 3 Wednesday tickets!! I was able to go on Monday this past year. Unbelievable that I’m going back to back years!
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Posted 03 July 2018 - 11:16 PM

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:03 AM

May have had a bad day on the course but this e-mail certainly makes up for it. Two tickets for the Friday round.

ď2019 Masters Daily Tournament Tickets Random Selection
Congratulations. The Masters Tournament is pleased to announce that our random selection process for 2019 Daily Tournament tickets has been completed and your application for tickets has been selectedĒ

Also for hotel purposes or anyone wondering, we went for a practice round two years ago and stayed at the Red Roof Inn. Not the swankiest spot by any means but location is ideal and it was clean. We had actually booked at another hotel who didnít have their prices adjusted for Masters week and when we arrived there we were told they booked us in somewhere else and there was no room for us there. Guess they could make more money booking us elsewhere and reselling their room.

One option we looked at to save money but didnít end up doing was to stay in Columbia, South Carolina and drive down the morning of. Few more hotel options there. It is about an hour drive to the Augusta from Columbia.

We made a golf trip out of it and went to Charlotte the days prior and Hilton Head the days after. Highly recommend.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 04:40 PM

Not sending me an email right away when everyone else got theirs, waiting for me to check it out myself to find out I'd been rejected and then finally sending the rejection email days later just to rub it in seemed more than a little punitive - we didn't run, didn't yell after anyone's tee shot, we let people use our chairs while we were off elsewhere and bought lots of crap - Augusta you are a cruel mistress.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 06:19 PM

Congrats to the winners.  Especially if it's your first time.  No place like it.

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 09:41 AM

in need of tickets for this year,  is it safe to buy on Stubhub?
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Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:01 AM

Fred Ridley's number one priority since becoming chairman is curbing the ticket scalping process.  Buyer's and sellers beware!

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 11:08 AM

View PostSixcat, on 26 December 2018 - 10:01 AM, said:

Fred Ridley's number one priority since becoming chairman is curbing the ticket scalping process.  Buyer's and sellers beware!

https://www.golf.com...-sellers-beware

That initiative was already under way before Fred, but no doubt it will continue. Don't see anything about it being his personal number one priority - link?

I think the course and improvements are always up there at the top.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 12:45 PM

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in need of tickets for this year,  is it safe to buy on Stubhub?

Safe, yes. Expensive, yes. Their fees will add a couple of hundred bucks to the quoted price of the tickets.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose itís their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?



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Posted 28 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

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Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?
They are trying to limit the people that will spare no expense and buy their way to a ticket.  If it gets out of hand, there will be no real fans at the Masters.  Yes, the Masters people have nothing but money, but to a certain extent they try not to show it when it comes to fan participation.  They would rather have a fan with no money than a person there that has money and is just there because they "have" to be there for stroke their ego.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 10:24 PM

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM, said:

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?

They don't need scalped ticket sales to "host" patrons - people are going to attend.

I don't think it's petty to protect the integrity of their ticket sales system, lol.  Aside from the tickets they make available to the general public, the badges are one of the most exclusive tickets around.  

Ticket resale and scalping has become a lot bigger business than it used to be - if AN thinks that making tickets available to the general public is resulting in more abuse and profiteering than what they can tolerate I'd rather they tried to stop the practices than just decide that general public tickets aren't worth the hassle.

Forewarned is forearmed and rules are rules.  I don't get people that think there is some "entitlement" to get around whatever rules they have in place.

That being said, we were happy to buy second hand tickets for Tuesday in 2016 and were confident we were dealing with a reputable "reseller".  If I'm lucky enough to get selected again I guarantee I won't be selling my tickets on StubHub, etc. - I'll be going.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 11:08 PM

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View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM, said:

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?
They are trying to limit the people that will spare no expense and buy their way to a ticket.  If it gets out of hand, there will be no real fans at the Masters.  Yes, the Masters people have nothing but money, but to a certain extent they try not to show it when it comes to fan participation.  They would rather have a fan with no money than a person there that has money and is just there because they "have" to be there for stroke their ego.

How are people who buy second hand not ďreal fansĒ but the ones who were selected in the lottery are ďreal fansĒ.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 11:14 PM

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 11:08 PM, said:

View PostSocrates, on 28 December 2018 - 10:15 PM, said:

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM, said:

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?
They are trying to limit the people that will spare no expense and buy their way to a ticket.  If it gets out of hand, there will be no real fans at the Masters.  Yes, the Masters people have nothing but money, but to a certain extent they try not to show it when it comes to fan participation.  They would rather have a fan with no money than a person there that has money and is just there because they "have" to be there for stroke their ego.

How are people who buy second hand not "real fans" but the ones who were selected in the lottery are "real fans".
Try reading the post carefully.  It seems to be the thing to be seen at events.  They don't care how much it costs, they just go to be seen and could care less about the golf.  At least with the Masters committee trying to prevent this as much as they can, they hope that they can get more tickets into the hands of people who feel fortunate to get tickets in the legitimate manner and will attend rather than try and profit from their good fortune.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 11:20 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 28 December 2018 - 10:24 PM, said:

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM, said:

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?

They don't need scalped ticket sales to "host" patrons - people are going to attend.

I don't think it's petty to protect the integrity of their ticket sales system, lol.  Aside from the tickets they make available to the general public, the badges are one of the most exclusive tickets around.  

Ticket resale and scalping has become a lot bigger business than it used to be - if AN thinks that making tickets available to the general public is resulting in more abuse and profiteering than what they can tolerate I'd rather they tried to stop the practices than just decide that general public tickets aren't worth the hassle.

Forewarned is forearmed and rules are rules.  I don't get people that think there is some "entitlement" to get around whatever rules they have in place.

That being said, we were happy to buy second hand tickets for Tuesday in 2016 and were confident we were dealing with a reputable "reseller".  If I'm lucky enough to get selected again I guarantee I won't be selling my tickets on StubHub, etc. - I'll be going.

So you wouldíve been totally cool with the ticket agent in 2016 telling you that you werenít allowed in the gates? If so, then more power to you. Maybe Iím in the minority here, but I just donít get their strong stance on what seems like a pretty trivial issue.

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 11:26 PM

View PostSocrates, on 28 December 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 11:08 PM, said:

View PostSocrates, on 28 December 2018 - 10:15 PM, said:

View PostCanoe Paddler, on 28 December 2018 - 09:20 PM, said:

Can anyone explain to me why the Masters committee is so concerned about the resale of tickets? It seems to me that the guys and gals willing to shell out top dollar for tickets are the most loyal golf fans out there. The type of fans that the Masters would be most interested in hosting.

Are they concerned that scalpers are profiting off of their product? Seems a little petty, but I suppose it's their right to do so, but again, why punish the passionate golf fan who purchased the ticket?
They are trying to limit the people that will spare no expense and buy their way to a ticket.  If it gets out of hand, there will be no real fans at the Masters.  Yes, the Masters people have nothing but money, but to a certain extent they try not to show it when it comes to fan participation.  They would rather have a fan with no money than a person there that has money and is just there because they "have" to be there for stroke their ego.

How are people who buy second hand not "real fans" but the ones who were selected in the lottery are "real fans".
Try reading the post carefully.  It seems to be the thing to be seen at events.  They don't care how much it costs, they just go to be seen and could care less about the golf.  At least with the Masters committee trying to prevent this as much as they can, they hope that they can get more tickets into the hands of people who feel fortunate to get tickets in the legitimate manner and will attend rather than try and profit from their good fortune.

I did read it carefully. I still donít understand your point. It seems like complete conjecture.  Iíve been to the Masters twice (but not as a real fan). Iím not sure what you mean by people just trying to be seen. Itís probably the one of the most difficult sporting events to be seen at since thereís practically no cameras, phones, social media etc. My impression is that the people who were there wanted to watch golf.


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