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2012 Masters Tickets Available to the Public for the First Time in Nearly 50 Years

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2012 Masters Tickets

Changing a 47-year policy should put more 2012 Masters tickets in the hands of the people.

Wow, what an especially exciting Masters this year’s tournament was.

That kind of drama makes you want to be there in person.

Well, starting next year, it may be a lot easier to do just that because The Masters committee has decided to do something it hasn’t done in nearly 50 years.

Not sure if you already read about this or heard it on the TV broadcast, but I thought it was too important not to mention.

The “news” is that Augusta National is selling tournament-round 2012 Masters tickets directly to the public, something it hasn’t done since the mid-1960s.

(Practice-round tickets will be made available, too, but these are usually much easier to obtain.)

Why is the tournament-ticket news such a big deal?

Until now, only those on the list of Masters “patrons” could purchase tournament-round tickets, or “Series Badges” as they’re called down there.

That list has been closed since 1971, and the waiting list to get on it had to be closed in 1978.

So, the loosing up of this ultra-tight market provides an alternative to paying a premium to ticket brokers or tour operators.

Now, before you get too excited, Augusta National will only make a “limited number” of 2012 Masters tickets available to the public (for practice and tournament rounds), and the opportunity to buy them is being decided by lottery, or “prequalification drawing” as they’re calling it down there.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, it doesn’t cost anything to submit your application and there’s still plenty of time to do it.

You have until June 30 for tournament-round tickets (you’ll find out if you “won the lottery” in mid-July) and July 30 for practice-round tickets (you’ll be notified in mid-August).

Practice-round tickets (you can buy a maximum of four per day) are $50. Tournament-round tickets (maximum of 2 per day) are $75.

Seventy-five dollars to attend the final round of the 2012 Masters?

That’s called a steal no matter where you are.

You can apply for 2012 Masters tickets here.

I just submitted my application. Are you going to give it a shot? Please share your comments below.

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17 Comments

  1. Ted

    April 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thank you! I wasn’t aware of this.

  2. Sylvia Seal

    April 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Make a couple of golfing pensioners very happy and put our names in the draw please.

  3. Craig Better

    April 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Wish I could, Sylvia, but everyone has to submit their own application. They even want the last 4 digits of your SSN, which is a bit odd. I guess they want to prevent people from double dipping.

  4. Jorge de Tezanos Pinto

    April 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I will feel very happy if I get tickets for The Masters. My dream is to go with a group of friends, see the Masters, and play golf in the best courses nearby. Sincerely Jorge

  5. James Delyanis

    April 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Hope I get em !

  6. Lendol Diehl

    April 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I would like to get 4 tickets for the final round. It would be great to take some friends. Just let me know so I can pay quickly!!

    Lendol

  7. Craig Better

    April 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Wish we controlled the ticket distribution, Lendol, but we don’t. You need to apply at the Masters website mentioned above.

  8. Peter Wolf

    April 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks. I just clicked through and bought two tickets for Thursday’s round for next year’s Masters. I’m so excited. Now to find a place to stay.

  9. Virginia

    April 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I also went to the Master’s web site and went through the process. Make sure you understand that it is an APPLICATION for tickets and that there is no guarantee that you will get any. However, some brokers are already advertising travel packages to the 2012 Master’s at VERY premium prices…Guess if you want a guarantee at this point, you have to pay the price.

  10. marionsimmons

    April 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

    i would like 4 ticket for wensday or any day

  11. Craig Better

    April 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Marion, see Virginia’s comment, or better yet, re-read the above post. We are not selling 2012 Masters tickets!

  12. Nick

    April 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Pick me! Pick me! I sent in my app today for the chance of a lifetime to see Augusta CC and The Masters. Thanks to the brass in green coats who run the show for opening it up to the masses finally.

  13. RIck Goyette

    April 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Made an application and still waiting for a response for an authorisation number to continue. I suppose this offer is only available to Americans? When I tried a second time, the web site is organised enough to let me know I’d already applied!!! I can only hope. But, thanks anyway for the info, I realize you’ve nothing to do with awarding the tickets.

  14. Peter

    April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hey Craig, I hope YOU win the lottery! I attended the Masters in 1978 and it was the golf spectator experience of a lifetime!

  15. RIck Goyette

    April 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    KIndly disregard the previous posting – I finally got to finish my application!!! Keeping all my fingers crossed and toes also LOL.

  16. Mark Dub

    July 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I think these guys running the lottery are “over their heads”. So many “blocks” in place they have paralyzed the process, you can’t get through on their confirmation response email and eventually have to try and get your “password” retrieved… If that doesn’t work you can call them directly… painfully archaic phone menu system and when you get through that you finally get a human who you play “password poker” with for several minutes… part of their efforts to somehow keep people from using multiple emails… really!!! In this day in age… Let the little guy have two entrys… it ain’t gonna change the outcome… Get the stick out your racist asses! Charade X 10!

  17. Pamela Shockley

    August 22, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I would love to take my parents to the Masters. They are both retired,my dad was in the Navy for 30 years. They both love to play golf and have gone to some tournamennts in Greensboro NC.

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