Watching golf inherently makes you want to play golf, which makes Masters week equal parts pleasure and pain.
From the sounds of birds chirping and Jim Nantz on the call to the breathtaking drone aerials of the undulating fairways, golf viewers spend all week drooling over the mere thought of driving down Magnolia Lane for a round at Augusta National Golf Club, ranked No. 3 among Golfweek’s Best classic courses.
So how does one go about scoring a round on one of golf’s most famous courses? Here are a few ways you can pull off the seemingly impossible (but it certainly won’t be easy).
Be invited by a member- Augusta National’s exclusivity is one of the many aspects that sets it apart from other clubs, so getting an invite from a member just might be the easiest way to get a round. You either need to meet some new friends in high places, or maybe try your hand at college golf? College teams are sometimes invited to play by members, like when Notre Dame played a handful bucket-list courses to prepare for the 2020 season.
Augusta National Women’s Amateur -The ANWA runs the week before the Masters and features a loaded field of the best women’s amateur players in the world. In the fourth edition this year, Rose Zhang beat Jenny Bae on the second playoff hole.
Qualify for the Masters -We’ll let our friends at Augusta.com field this one. (Tip: Seeing as you’re probably not a professional golfer if you’re reading this, you might want to focus on the amateur events.)
Report on the Masters-There’s an annual media lottery for a Monday round after the Masters, and a few Golfweek writers have won over the years. All media who travel to the course to cover the event can choose to enter the drawing. The lucky media winners are typically announced during the second round.
Work as a volunteer at the Masters or for Augusta National -Volunteers get to play a round, but vacancies rarely occur, and when they do, there’s a wait. You know you’re doing something right when there’s a line of people waiting to work for you for free (with a round of golf on the side). Augusta National staff also get to play a round.
Work as a caddie at Augusta National- If you work as a caddie for the golf club, you might gain access to play 18 holes, as one day is set aside for caddies to play.