How Much Does It Cost To Go To The Masters?

A look at what entry to one of the most prestigious events in world sport costs

The crowd watch the action at the 16th green during the 2019 Masters
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The Masters is one of the most exclusive sports events in the world, so it’s no surprise that tickets can be hard to come by. Indeed, even the tickets for the practice round are highly sought after and, like daily tournament tickets, are issued on a random basis.

Daily tournament tickets are issued first, and anyone who misses out is then entered into the practice round ticket selection, provided they applied for both. There are strict rules surrounding ticket applications, too. For example, applicants must be 21 or over (although children can attend). Meanwhile, only one person per household can apply. Additionally, applications from a student or temporary address, second home, or business address are not permitted, and you can’t apply on behalf of anyone else, sell or gift the tickets. You can apply for each day. However, the applicant is only permitted to attend one of the days.

Assuming you haven’t fallen foul of any of the application rules, practice round tickets cost $75 each plus additional shipping and handling costs. Unsurprisingly, tickets for the tournament proper are more expensive, at $115. Despite that stipulation not to gift or sell tickets, some do still enter the resale market, where you can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 for a practice round ticket to as much as $4,000 for a ticket to the final round of the tournament.

One unlikely way of scoring entry to all four days of the tournament is to acquire a series badge held by Masters patrons. The badge is a prized possession at an eye-catchingly low $375 per year, and holders can keep it for life. Meanwhile, children aged between eight and 16 can attend for free if a patron series badge holder accompanies them. However, getting one is far from easy. Indeed, the last time Augusta National re-opened the waiting list was in 2000. Also, on the death of a badge holder, they can only be transferred to a surviving spouse.

Series badges adorn the hat of a Masters patron

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If you missed out on the ticket lottery, can’t afford those secondary market prices, and can’t get your hands on a patron series badge, there is another option - waiting in the car park to see if you can persuade someone leaving for the day to hand you their ticket. Every ticket is limited to two re-entries per round, so if your powers of persuasion are up to the challenge, it could be worth a try.

How Hard Is It To Get Masters Tickets?

Tickets to The Masters fall just behind the Super Bowl in terms of difficulty to acquire. If you’re a patron or win the annual ticket lottery, you can get one for as low as $75. However, tickets are scarce, so many people face the cost of thousands on the secondary market.

How Do You Get Picked For Masters Tickets?

Visit The Masters ticket lottery website and create your account. Then, choose which day you would like to apply for. You can choose up to four practice round tickets but only two tournament tickets. You’ll be notified by email if your application has been successful.

Can You Sell Masters Tickets?

Tickets are not permitted to be sold, transferred, rented, or packaged in conjunction with any other thing of value. Any ticket contravening those provisions will not be honoured, and the holder won’t be able to use the tickets.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.