This is one of the most exclusive and best-known golf clubs in the world. But there are still several ways to get to play at Augusta

This is one of the most exclusive and best-known golf clubs in the world, and the host to the only Major played at the same course every year – the US Masters. But there are still several ways to get to play at Augusta:

1. Qualify for the US Masters. No, take this seriously, it may end up as your best bet. You don’t have to turn professional – the British Amateur Champion gets an automatic invitation.

2. Become a member. However the club does not accept membership applications, as membership is by invitation only.

3. Play Augusta Country Club instead. Okay, its not The Augusta, but you can still casually announce that you have ‘played golf at Augusta’. Just don’t get drawn into detail on your round. However you can talk about how you tackled Rae’s Creek as it runs across the front of the 12th green at Augusta National and the 8th green at Augusta Country Club.

4. Join Augusta Country Club. When members of Augusta National need a fourth to make up a fourball they have been known to phone Augusta CC, which neighbours their property, to see if one of their members is free to pop over.

5. Become one of the media reporting on site at the US Masters at Augusta. A limited number of tee spots for media are available for the day after the Masters, awarded by ballot. But when we say a few, we mean it.

6. Work there as a caddy. This is a part-time job – the course is closed between May and October. Caddies are allowed one round a year.

7. Work as a volunteer at the Masters. However apparently it is almost as hard to become a volunteer at the Masters as it is to become a member at Augusta, as vacancies rarely occur and there is a long waiting list for these jobs.

8. Be invited to a game by one of the 300 members of Augusta National.

  • Darby Sackett

    I can’t argue with that. Honestly I’d rather play the The Old Course at St. Andrews than Augusta.

  • Rod, your next article could be tips on how to achieve number 8. That’s the most realistic one for non-media. What about interviewing some of those who have completed or are on the quest to play the Top 100 courses in the world? They’re not allowed to talk about it, but it seems there are some Augusta members who are happy to help them get to the hundred.

    Has your number ever come up in the media ballot?