I was lucky enough after many years of trying to have been selected in the lottery and now I have 2 tickets to Thursdays round. I have read at of threads about getting there early where to sit, park in the free parking lot, ship your merch home etc.. Just so happens that I am leaving that Saturday for my Honeymoon so my then wife will be coming with me. Looking for a few suggestion's. Buying merchandise is the first thing I am doing. I read somewhere a guy got there at 6:30am and was able to get into the shop around 7 before the gates opened for the course. So I will try and do his, my question is do both the North and South Merchandise areas open early or does one rather then the other? Also is one better then the other? I think there is a parking lot right by the South shop?? Trying to find out where to stay Wednesday night is also on my agenda. I was looking at Columbia, SC as it is about 1 hour drive.
I'll do the best I can to describe this, but I don't know how to post a Google maps screenshot, so it may be tough. If you pull up Augusta National in satellite view on Google Maps, you will see an entrance at the western corner of the property. There is a paved area that leads to a large building, which is the entrance gate. Immediately before that large building is a smaller building, which is a small merchandise area. It is not nearly as big as the main merchandise area, but still has a lot of stuff.
When I last attended a few years ago, you could go into that small merchandise area without going through the entrance gate. We got there early, bought a bunch of stuff and just walked it back to the car and through it in the trunk.
I hope what I am describing makes sense.
Yes, it does, I remember seeing that. Except this particular merchandise area I believe only has a small selection of shirts and hats, maybe a few other trinkets as well.
But since you've been there (I believe), was there more than just that?
If you're speaking about the one by the North entrance (path that walks along the new press building, then the driving range/practice area, and finally up to the large merch area and concessions by #1 fairway) I can attest my wife and I went through that small merchandise building in 2016 and it had quite a bit of items.