Like other sporting events, there are rules to follow when attending the Masters. But unlike most of those other events, the annual major championship at Augusta National has a few unique rules.
Here’s a quick look:
NO CELL PHONES: Or any electronic devices, for that matter. (The only exception: you can bring a digital or disposable camera on practice-round days, Monday-Wednesday.) Leave your phones at home or in the car, unless you want your Masters visit to be a quick one. And don’t event try to sneak one in; there are metal detectors.
NO RUNNING: And they mean it. Please walk, or else you’ll be removed from the grounds.
NEED TICKETS? Don’t try to buy them within 2,700 feet of Augusta National, or you could face legal trouble. That boundary also includes no selling or handing off tickets/badges.
YOU CAN BRING CHAIRS BUT…: Make sure they are collapsible and DON’T have arm rests. (The Masters merchandise tent sells acceptable chairs at a reasonable price.) Also, you are allowed to save spots with your chair without sitting in it. For example, if you get to the course early, you can set your chair near the 18th green and then when the lead groups arrive, your chair will be waiting for you.
INSIDE THE ROPES: You’ll find only players, caddies and rules officials. No media.
AUTOGRAPHS: The only place where autograph-seeking is allowed is on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse near the new practice facilities. (Exception: autographs have been allowed near the ninth green of the Par 3 course during the Par 3 Contest.)
UNWRITTEN RULES: No denim. No yelling “mashed potatoes.”
Also, here’s a tweet by ESPN’s Darren Rovell from a couple of years ago that is pretty interesting:
Think these rules are too much? Well, you likely haven’t been to Augusta National. Attending a Masters is worth not checking your texts or emails until the evening.