The Master’s Tournament – Do’s & Don’ts

“The Masters is more like a vast Edwardian garden party than a golf tournament.”- Alistair Cooke

A typical Masters Tournament reeks of class and luxury and is a perfect opportunity for one to have a great time outdoors in beautiful weather while enjoying a wonderful game. However, what’s a golf tournament without a few rules? All Masters Tournaments have a clear set of dos and don’ts laid out for spectators to ensure the event runs smoothly and everyone has an awesome time!

For first timers Masters Tournament attendees, these rules will come in handy to avoid any form of disturbance from officials on the set days. Also, these rules should be abide by to the T as they will not be overlooked by officials.

What to wear?

Generally, the ideal attire for a master’s tournament should be simple and modest.

For women, clothes that are too tight, revealing or just skimpy should be avoided. Brightly colored clothes are also frowned upon and you should stick to more neutral colors like white or grey. Also, since you will be walking around a lot, comfortable shoes instead of heels are advised.

DOS:

  • Simple sundress
  • Flats
  • Cardigan
  • Short sleeved or sleeveless shirts
  • Visor or cap
  • Capris

DON’TS:

  • Spandex
  • Jeans
  • Heels
  • Spaghetti straps or strapless tops
  • Bright-colored and highly graphic shirts

The key is to keep it simple, classy and of course comfortable.

For men, this is not the time to be overly casual as tank tops, jeans and t-shirts are a no for master’s tournaments. You will always be safe with a great pair of shorts and a neutral-colored golf shirt. Oxford shirts are also a great choice especially when buttoned down.

DOS:

  • Golf shirt
  • Khakis or shorts
  • Cap
  • Wind breaker
  • Tennis shoes or loafers

DON’TS:

  • Tank tops or t-shirts
  • Cut-offs
  • Jeans
  • Flip-flops or golf spikes

What to bring?

Certain items like cameras are allowed on the location on practice days but strictly prohibited during tournament days. You are also allowed to bring binoculars so you don’t miss out on any of the action. Sunscreen is also advised to ensure your skin is protected from the harsh rays of the sun. other items like umbrellas, rain poncho, bug spray, a small folding chair and money are allowed on the tournament.

However, there are quite a number of items that are prohibited on a master’s tournament such as;

  • Cell phones, televisions, walkie-talkies, iPads, computers and any other electronic devices.
  • Bag packs, bags, purses etc. All packages larger than 10” in width and length.
  • Coolers or beverage containers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Flags, banners
  • strollers
  • ladders, selfie sticks
  • infants
  • large chairs with arm rests
  • pets

quick tip: rain ponchos is a better choice than umbrellas as they are small and easy to carry around and unlike umbrellas, they won’t block the view of your fellow spectators when opened.

 

How to get Autographs

You will not be allowed to bother the professional players for autographs on the course during practice rounds or during the actual tournament. The best way to get autographs is to wait at the practice range and often, the players will agree to sign. Also, the limited number of items they have to sign, the better for everyone.

How to get souvenirs

Stands filled with souvenirs are usually placed on the tournament grounds. All merchandise can easily be bought with cash, credit cards or checks and prices of each merchandise vary and depend on the item you want to purchase. One quick tip is to ensure you get great merchandise is to purchase them early on in your trip as they sell out really fast and never return to the stands.

The information in this post will serve as a great guide to ensure you avoid unnecessary problems and distractions during the tournament. Finally, if this is your first time at a master’s tournament, we hope that you have an amazing and highly luxurious time!