US Masters : An Overview
There’s something a little bit special about the US Masters. From your first trip up Magnolia Drive to the closing ceremony, it encapsulates the very best in sport – iconic moments by the biggest names in golf amongst breathtaking scenery– it’s a sporting event like no other, guaranteed to send shivers up the spine of any golf fanatic.
According to ‘Forbes’ (June 2012), The Masters is the most prestigious of all the major golf tournaments and based on a ‘Sports Illustrated’ (April 2012) survey of 50 pro’s, it is the tournament they would most like to win.
So, be it Jack’s triumphant raised arm, Tiger’s heart-stopping chip or Bubba’s odd-defying recovery shot, every Masters tournament delivers its own memories and with SGH Sporting Events, you will be there to witness the next and hopefully create some of your own.
Why we know you will love it?
Unquestionably, the Masters is, one of the world’s most iconic and beloved sporting events. It is a golf tournament like no other. Played out every April on British golf course architect Alister MacKenzie’s career defining course design, the players lucky enough to be invited to take part, compete not for money or ranking points, but for the glory of a Major win, membership of a very special club and the right to wear the coveted Green Jacket.
The merest mention of the Augusta National Golf Club is enough to send most golfers into raptures. From the brilliant white sand bunkers and emerald green fairways, to the banks of glorious pink azaleas behind iconic holes, like 12 (Golden Bell) and 13 (Azalea), part of the beautiful Amen Corner set-up, this former plant nursery is an explosion of colour. And, because it’s always played at the same venue every year, it’s a course that we all know intimately, despite never having set foot on the hallowed turf.
You may have watched the Masters on television, possibly even in HD, but to really appreciate the beauty and colour of the course, along with the tension and excitement of the golf, you have to be there in person! Contact SGH Sporting Events to make that a reality for you.
SGH Sporting Events offer great itineraries to allow you attend the US Masters. Our Masters itineraries include: Range of Accommodation options, Masters Patron Tickets, VIP Hospitality Access, Luxury Car Hire & Transfers and access to some of the finest Golf Courses in South Carolina & Georgia.
Featured Masters Packages
Hyatt Place Columbia / Downtown / The Vista
The Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista Hotel, to give it its full name, is based in Columbia, about a one hour drive from Augusta.
SGH Sporting Events run a daily private coach to the Masters in Augusta to take everyone to the course and the hospitality venues.
The Hyatt Hotel is fully occupied by SGH patrons during Masters week and a bespoke service desk manned by an SGH member of staff is available to deal with any queries or questions.
The hotel includes:
- Gallery Hosts available 24/7
- Free Wi-Fi and remote printing everywhere
- Express checkout at noon
- Free public computers with Internet access in the Gallery
- 24-hour StayFit Gym
- Smoke-free hotel
- Free shuttle service offered within a 3-mile radius, every day
- Indoor Saltwater Swimming
- Odds & Ends offers items for guests to buy orborrow for free
- Hyatt Grand Bed®
- Swiveling 42” flat screen HDTV
- Hyatt Plug Panel™ (in select guestrooms)
- Cozy Corner is the perfect place to sit back and relax
- Mini-fridge and single-serve coffeemaker
- KenetMD™ luxury skin and hair care amenities
- Separate workspace
- DirecTV with over 150 Channels to select from
Travelling as a group, or just want the ultimate in accommodation, then you could stay in one of the many private luxury houses that we rent in Augusta for Masters week.
For most of the year, these houses are private family homes, but for one week every year in April, they are rented out to visiting guests to enjoy whilst the Masters is on.
Many of these large well-appointed homes are on private communities in the suburbs surrounding Augusta, a short drive from the Augusta National Golf Course.
So, if your preference is for a private quiet home style accommodation, then one of our luxury houses could well be exactly what you are looking for.
To make getting around easy during your stay, we also include in the package premium car hire.
Part of any visit to a major sporting event is the hospitality area and the enjoyment to be experienced mingling with fellow like-minded fans. Many a lasting friendship has originated over delicious food and a thirst-quenching drink, whilst discussing the various permutations of who the likely victor will be. The Masters is no different to this and the hospitality areas make a welcome rest break from the course, or a great viewing venue to ensure you miss none of the action on the numerous large television screens throughout the day.
The hospitality areas are all situated off course on Magnolia Drive (across Washington Road), a short walking distance from the Augusta National Golf Club. All food (running hot and cold buffet) and drink is included and other entertainment (live music) is also often provided.
SGH Sporting Events are always in attendance to assist with any enquiries and to generally ensure that everyone is having an enjoyable time.
Columbia : Overview
Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, takes its name from the renowned Italian explorer and navigator, Christopher Columbus. It is a vibrant city with a rich and fascinating history with records of the area stretching back to the 16th century.
Home to the University of South Carolina, the city grew rapidly throughout the 19th century due to expansion of the railroads and the cotton industry, that became the lifeblood of Columbia.
Much of the original city of Columbia was controversially destroyed by fire towards the end of the American Civil War and today, tourists can follow the path General Sherman's Union Army took to enter the city and see structures, or remnants of structures, that survived the fire.
The early part of the 20th century saw Columbia emerge as a regional textile manufacturing centre and by 1930 was the hub of a trading area with approximately 500,000 potential customers.
Historic preservation has played a significant part in shaping Columbia into the city that it is today with many buildings having been renovated and restored back to their former glories.
More recently, the downtown Congaree Vista district along Gervais Street (once known as a warehouse district) has been revitalized to become a thriving area of art galleries, shops and restaurants. It is here that you will also find the Hyatt Place Columbia hotel, the newest downtown hotel in the Capital City of South Carolina.
By the way, Columbia’s natural beauty doesn’t stop on the golf course either. Columbia’s three rivers, lake, canal, national park and several city parks offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
In April throughout the day the temperature is often in the 80’s with lows around the mid 50’s Fahrenheit. There may be a chance of an occasional shower, so pack a wind or wet top to be on the safe side. Temperatures and weather conditions on the whole are very pleasant throughout the area at this time of year.
Columbia : Eating & Drinking
Eating in the South is a way of life, and Columbia does it well. From Southern comfort foods to trendy food truck fare, there are many unique dining options throughout the region. The Columbia food scene is buzzing with new and exciting restaurants popping up all the time, while seasoned chefs continue to marvel diners with their culinary creations.
The Vista district, where the Hyatt Hotel is located, is an exciting conglomeration with dozens of bars and restaurants across several blocks. The tree-lined Devine Street is the perfect setting for outdoor dining.
Whether you’re looking for tried and tested Southern comfort food, or fresh and contemporary dining, you will find it done well in Columbia. And you really can’t beat the affordable prices, hometown pride, and good old-fashioned well-mannered service.
Here’s just a few to get you started (and some watering holes!).
Augusta : Overview
Everybody knows that Augusta National Golf Club is home to the Masters. It’s Georgia’s dream course which is located in a dream-like setting and the nearest most of us will get to teeing it up on the 1st is in the depths of our dreams. Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and was designed by the world’s greatest golfer, who teamed up with the world’s greatest architect. Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie were the perfect duo to lay down the perfect course. The Augusta National is the epitome of the type of course which appeals most keenly to the American taste, the meadowland course.
From tee to green there is nothing but closely cropped green turf. These broad expanses of fairway, punctuated with pines and dotted with flashes of white sand, give Augusta a clean, magnificent appearance.
Augusta : Eating & Drinking
No trip to watch the Masters would be complete with out playing a round or two of golf yourself. Whilst we cannot guarantee to provide you with a course to rival the beauty of Augusta (as we do not believe one exists), we can offer you the opportunity to play a round at any of a number of the top courses on offer in and around Columbia and Augusta.
Below you will find 8 of the courses we can highly recommend and can arrange for you to play rounds at any of them during your stay. Club hire is available should you require them and reservations for meals can also be made. Simply advise us of your requirements and we shall ensure that you have an enjoyable visit.