5 Ways to Enjoy the Masters Tournament – 2020 Style

by Kristy Tolley
a golf club next to a golf ball and tee

On November 12, one of the world’s biggest golf tournaments was played amidst the fall hued trees of Augusta, Georgia, instead of the traditional blooming azaleas. The course may not have had its usual crowd of onlookers, but there are still plenty of ways to recreate the spirit of the Masters and celebrate this iconic tournament any time of the year.

1.     Drink in the history of the tournament with Fruitland Vodka  

One of the “spirits” at the heart of the Masters is Fruitland Augusta vodka. The company’s original peach grove is now the very land where the famous golf championship tees off every year. Fruitland Nurseries called the plot of land that lies three miles from downtown Augusta home until it was purchased and transformed into the Augusta National, we know today. Sip on a delicious cocktail made with Fruitland’s signature peach vodka and drink in the history of this great tournament.

2.     Aerial Tour of Augusta National Golf Course 

Augusta Aviation based at Daniel Field Airport offers you the best view of that certain golf course in a sleek Cessna 172 aircraft.  If you can’t get in it, then get over it! Aerial tours are available seven days a week during normal business hours.  The purchase allows guests a 30-minute aerial tour along with a unique look at both the course and Augusta, Georgia. from above. There’s nothing quite like it. All tours are based on schedule availability.  Prepaid reservations for aerial tours are $125.  Gift certificates are available through Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field and make for the perfect gift for avid golfers. Ask about their romantic sunset tours for $179 to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the lake, along with complimentary wine, cheese and souvenir wine glasses. For additional details please call 706-733-8970 or visit http://www.augustaaviation.com/

3.     Make your own pimento cheese with this delicious recipe from The Partridge Inn 

Nothing quite says Masters like a pimento cheese sandwich. The Partridge Inn, the grand dame of Augusta is as synonymous with the tournament as the famous cheese. Amen Corner boasts a delicious recipe created by Executive Chef Thomas Jacobs. Make your own at home and enjoy this traditional tournament treat.

    • Combine the following to make enough pimento cheese to serve 16:
    • 1 pound of cream cheese, softened
    • 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 8 ounces of pimentos, well-drained
    • 6 green onions, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons finely chopped, seeded jalapeño peppers
    • Add salt and pepper to taste

4.     Journey to Augusta, stay at The Partridge Inn and play at Champions Retreat 

One of the best ways to feel the spirit of the Masters is by planning a trip to its home, Augusta, Georgia, for a stay at The Partridge Inn and, of course, a round of golf. The historic hotel also has a unique package available with Champions Retreat Golf Club, a private 27-hole golf facility near Augusta National. Guests of the hotel can play like a champion and book an exclusive tee time that includes breakfast and lunch at the clubhouse restaurant, along with a $50 credit to the Champions Retreat pro shop.

The Partridge Inn, prominent among golf legends, is a fixture of Augusta and the Masters. It’s known for bringing a seamless blend of southern charm, hospitality and grace to the tournament week. It’s also the place for the after-party with a fantastic lineup of apres-tournament events Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14. Sample a hand-rolled cigar in the hotel’s luxurious Cigar Bar. Soothe your soul and fill your stomach with delectable four-course dinners prepared by Executive Chef Thomas Jacobs. Sip cocktails and enjoy live entertainment under the Augusta stars on the hotel’s rooftop at the nightly soirees. There’s so much to do to enjoy during Masters Week at The Partridge Inn, even without stepping on the course. 

Contact your AAA Travel Agent to reserve your stay. For tee times, contact Madalyn Neal via email at mneal@northph.com, or by phone at 762-994-0318.

5.     See the famous Green Jacket in person 

Close out your pilgrimage to Augusta with a visit to the Augusta Museum of History. This impressive museum, located along the Savannah River, has a fantastic exhibit open to the public on the history of golf. Make sure to get a peek at the famous Green Jacket, proudly on display at the heart of the exhibit.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this spectator-free tournament or bring the spirit of the tournament into your own home. Once you’re ready to travel, Augusta, The Partridge Inn and all of its golf history and charm will be waiting. 

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