I recently talked about two ways that you can get into see the Masters Golf Tournament for free. In that article, I had promised to tell you how to apply for next year’s practice rounds. I almost forgot if I had not been reminded by a recent reader. Thanks!
Tickets to the practice rounds at Augusta National Golf Club are distributed by a lottery system, and individuals must reapply for the lottery each year. And, the deadline for the 2011 tournament is actually fast approaching even though the 2010 tournament has not even started (starts in April). So, if you want practice tickets for next year, you need to write to the Masters Tournament (not me!) now!
There is a little bit of a process involved to get on the mailing list.
To be added to the Practice Rounds mailing list for 2011, send your name, address, daytime telephone number, email address, and last four digits of your social security number no later than May 1, 2010, to Augusta National (NOT ME!!). The address to mail your information is:
PO Box 2047
Augusta, GA 30903-2047
It is best if you ask to be added to the lottery’s mailing list in a formal, well-typed letter stating that you would like to see the practice rounds of the tournament and include the required information listed above in your letter to Augusta National.
2011 Masters Practice Rounds applications will be mailed in June, after the 2010 Tournament. Those people who applied in 2009 and/or 2010 will automatically receive an application for 2010 tickets. The deadline for 2010 applications is July 15, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified in September of this year. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. If you do not hear anything from Augusta…sorry….you didn’t make the cut on the lottery.
So, just remember, the key dates to get practice round tickets are…
May 1, 2010 = Letter due to get on application mailing list
June, 2010 = Applications mailed to list
July 15, 2010 = 2011 application due to Augusta National Golf Course
September 2010 = Winners will receive letter with payment instructions
Just one note….If you are selected in the lottery to receive practice round tickets, you will have to pay by a personal check that has to have the exact same name and address that you listed on the application. I know that that is a random requirement, but it is one of the many hoops that Augusta National Golf Course makes people jump through to keep us all honest. And, you can only enter the lottery once per year per household.
Still not working for you? You can always buy tickets from people who already have them. Some online ticket agents sell tickets to all four days of the Masters tournament as well as to the practice rounds earlier in the week.