Heading to the Masters? 10 ways to be a proper patron.

If you’re lucky enough to go to the Masters, you’re lucky enough!  If not, like me, you’ll be sitting in the comfort of your living room or hanging out at your local Golf Course Pub watching the Festivities and the many great shots we’ve come to expect at the Masters.  Here’s to an exciting and possible “nail biting” tournament.  If you ARE going, be sure to implement most, if not ALL of these guidelines.  As Jim Nantz would say,  “Here’s to a Win for the Ages”!

It’s obvious when you first step foot on the grounds of Augusta National for the Masters tournament that a certain kind of behavior is expected out of the patrons. It’s quieter, except for those birds chirping, and the patrons seem to have a reverent attitude. I mean, this is like going to the Holy Church of Golf. All the caddies are wearing white, many of the women are in their Sunday best, and yes, the golfers do plenty of praying, especially on Sunday.
But if you’ve never been before, how do you know how you’re supposed to conduct yourself as a patron? It’s not like we’re born with this ability; it’s learned. Admittedly, the list below seems to be more about don’ts than do’s, but it’s really not that hard. If you’re fortunate enough to have credentials (i.e. tickets), just follow these guidelines, and you’ll be fine.
1. Down in front

Okay, there’s an order to things here at Augusta National. Areas for patrons with chairs are even roped off, and patrons get there mighty early in the morning to claim their spot. If you’re wandering the course, trying to follow a particular group, you’ll need to be tall or find a nice hill or bleachers to watch the action. A great viewing area, by the way, is the bleachers behind the 12th tee, where you can see the 11th green, the par-3 12th and much of the par-5 13th, better known as Amen Corner.

Also, it’s a big no-no for patrons to run while on the grounds, whether it’s to get a front row spot to spy Jordan Spieth going for 13 in two or to get in line for a pimento cheese sandwich. You may be lucky to get away with a warning.
2. Leave your cell phones in the car

Or in the hotel room. I mean, they’re adamant about this. Forget the fact that almost all PGA Tour events allow cell phones on the course, even encouraging you to download the tournament app so you can follow the leaderboard, this is a tradition like no other, which means those mechanical scoreboards have done the job in the past and are doing the job today. And if you were planning to use your camera as a phone, fuhgeddaboutit. Even during practice rounds, when you can take your camera, you can’t bring those fancy Androids or iPhones that take better pictures than most $500 cameras.
3. Don’t wear a green blazer

If you’re going to be a good patron, you’ve got leave that green jacket in the car or at home or in the hotel room. Those are reserved for members and past champions. You don’t want to cause any confusion out there, impersonating Doug Ford or Condoleezza Rice. If you must wear a blazer, pick a plaid one from the tournament that follows the Masters.
Be sure to leave the denim at home and, while we’re at it, consider saving the Loudmouth Pants for another week.
4. Smoke the fattest cigar you can find

I don’t know if there’s a better place to smoke cigars than where most of the old legends used to smoke Lucky Strikes and Camels. (There’s a great Frank Christian picture of Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer waiting on the tee puffing away, during the 1966 Masters.) But please make sure it’s a good one, like a Cohiba, since everyone around you will be smoking it, too.
5. Shop, but not ’til you drop

Okay, if you’re going to the Masters, you have to bring back lots of souvenirs for everyone, but not too many. After all, if you’re one of the those patrons who comes out of the massive Masters merchandise building with $50,000 worth of memorabilia, it’s pretty obvious you’re hitting the secondary market for your own gain, and that ain’t cool.
Just buy your closest friends a gift. They love those $16 coffee mugs. Every golfer who has received one of those from me drinks out of it every day.
6. Save room for Masters Mini Moonpies

I mean, other than the Masters, when do you get to eat these things? I don’t even know where to find regular moon pies in the grocery stores anymore. They’ve had them at Augusta National forever. I think there’s marshmallow in them and there’s chocolate on the outside, a winning combo. It gives you energy to climb all those hills, which look way bigger in person than on TV. So don’t fill up on $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches or Masters potato chips or Masters trail mix or Masters peanuts; save room for those sweet little saucers.
7. Arrive early and stay at Augusta late

What else are you going to do while in Augusta? Sleep in at your $300-a-night Super 8 crash pad? Breakfast at the Waffle House and dinner at Hooters (two of many blue collar staples on Washington Rd.)? Instead, take it all in. Get there at the crack of dawn and stay until the last putt is holed. And why not? Food is affordable at the Masters.
8. No ‘Mashed potatoes!’ please

No, “You da mans,” “Get in the hole” or any other lame comments. This is the Masters, man. A polite golf clap will do nicely and when they do something really spectacular — like when Tiger Woods holed out that pitch shot from behind the 16th green — you can let loose like any other golf tournament.
9. Adults: Lay off the autographs

If you’re over say, 25, no autographs. Leave that for the kids. We know what those 50-year-olds are likely doing with those autographed flags they’re supposedly bringing back for family and friends: cashing in with the collectible guys.
10. No scalping tickets outside the grounds

Okay, so you’ve got tickets for the whole week and you want to take a day off to play golf at the nearby River Club in North Augusta or Aiken (S.C.) Golf Club just 20 minutes away. Don’t even think about scalping those tickets near the grounds to pay for the green fees. This is punishable by jail, fine or even worse, permanent expulsion from Magnolia Lane.
SOURCE: Mike Bailey, Golf Advisor

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New Pricing! $39 Until 2:00

We are happy to announce to our faithful golfers that for the rest of the season our morning rate will be $39 until 2:00 7 days a week! Please share the word with your family and friends. We are excited to see you at the course before you head north or our locals getting geared up for a fun summer. 

Book Tee Time Here. 

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Facebook Live at 2:30 Inside our Full Swing Golf Simulator

Josh will give you a private tour of the Full Swing Golf indoor simulator here at our very own golf course.  He will also discuss some tips to help you with your routine and lining yourself up correctly to build consistency. Click here to watch live.

We debut Super Thursday next week.  Golf all day until 2:00 just $39 with a cart.  Book Tee Time

Enjoy

 

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Watch Josh McCumber Today at 2:00 On Facebook Live

Josh McCumber will be heading out to the Honda Classic today.  Tune in to hear his observations as he watches the best player in the world tee it up at a great course.

Click here to watch live

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Facebook Live with Josh McCumber Tomorrow 2-10-17

Join Josh McCumber for his 2nd Facebook Live event. Click here at 2:00 to watch live.  He is going to talk about one of the best chipping drills that will completely change the way you think about chipping.  So many people want to use their hands to help the ball.  Josh will talk about putting with loft a term he heard from the great Raymond Floyd and weave in a drill he saw from Lee Trevino.  You surely don’t want to miss it.

As always, if you can’t make the live event, we will post the taped episode here!

See you on Facebook tomorrow at 2:00!

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Hollywood Beach Golf Resort Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2017
CONTACT: Meredith Beatrice, 850.245.6522

Hollywood Beach Golf Resort Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

TALLAHASSEE– Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort, located in the City of Hollywood in Broward County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of February.

“We are pleased to feature the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “This golf course has been an integral part of this city’s scenic beauty, and a local landmark for over 90 years.”

Image Courtesy of Hollywood Beach Golf Resort

Wally Nelson and noted golf course builder Charles Olsen were among the many individuals responsible for the early design of the Hollywood Beach golf course. Olsen took charge of the construction of the golf course, located on former agriculture fields, introduced some new features and added around 30 acres to the original tract. The first nine holes were completed and in play by the 1922, winter season. In the fall of 1922, Wally‘s older brother Lee Nelson, the professional in charge of the course, was spending most of his time on the course directing some of the finishing work and incorporating some late ideas into the final design. In early 1924, Lee and his younger brother Chic Nelson, who served as the assistant golf professional, organized the formal opening of the 18-hole golf course and the hotel.

Today, the 18-hole, par-70, golf course features four sets of tees playing from 4,900 to 6,300 yards. The picturesque course provides players with an experience reminiscent of old Florida that allows players to focus on their golf game and leave day-to-day distractions behind.

“The Hollywood Beach Golf Resort is honored to be selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail’s featured course for February 2017,” said Josh McCumber, Director of Golf at Hollywood Beach Golf Resort. “The golf course at Hollywood Beach Golf combines the best of old and new, where Old Florida meets the 21st century.”

For more information about the Hollywood Beach Golf Resort or the Florida Historic Golf Trail program visit Hollywood Beach Golf Resort , Florida Historic Golf Trail or Facebook.com/FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.

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About The Florida Historic Golf Trail Florida’s golf history, recognized as one of the oldest in the nation, dates back to the late 1800s when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 historic, publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that can still be played on today. Through the Florida Historic Golf Trail, golfers can play on courses designed by world-class architects and played by famous golfers such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course can be found at FloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com. Find the historic course near you and Come Play on History! 

About The Division of Historical Resources The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. The Division Director’s office oversees a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Folklife program which identifies and promotes the state’s traditional culture. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The Division Director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus, archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information visit flheritage.com.

 

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Improve Your Putting Today!

Watch Josh McCumber from Hollywood Beach Golf Resort Facebook Live debut at 2:00, Friday February 3rd. Tune in next Friday for his next golf tip. Please fill in the contact form below to submit your questions or tip you would like him to discuss.

In yesterdays segment, learn how to better read greens and aim your putts so you can take advantage of better green reading. We look forward to making this a regular event at 2:00 on Fridays. If you can’t catch them live we will post a link to videos here on our website later that day and will have a dedicated page on our website for our Facebook Live videos.

See you on the links! Book Tee Time – Carpe Diem is back! $5 off between 7:30 – 8:00, 12:00 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 2:00. Just mention Carpe Diem at check-in!

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Grip and Posture, Critical To Play Great Golf

People will ask all of the time what can I work on to improve my golf game? Fundamentals are the benchmark of great players. Jack Nicklaus worked tirelessly when at home practicing to make sure his setup, grip and posture were in his ideal positions. I have included two images that show correct posture and another that shows how to put your left hand on the club correctly. If you would like help with these things come see us for a lesson. Enjoy the walk!

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$55 Rate From 7:30 – 8:00 and Improve Your Routine!

We are offering a $55 rate from 7:30 – 8:00 and a $45 rate from 12:00 – 12:30 over the next 7 days.

Mention at check-in or when booking the tee time (954) 927-1751 or book your tee time here online now.

Want to learn what a routine is and what is the purpose? Watch video now then book a lesson with Josh or Mark and we will help you develop your unique routine and start making putts today!

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20% Off for Premier Golf Card Holders

We are happy to extend 20% off to Premier Golf Card holders all season long before 2:00 and 10% after.  Just present your card at check-in and our shop staff will give you your discount.  Pay $50.83 plus tax before 11, over a $10 savings and only $41.67 plus tax after 11 over an $8 savings!

If you don’t have a premier golf card, do not worry.  We are selling them in our golf shop or online store for only $50.

Want an even better golf rate? Consider our season membership for $199 or $149 for south Florida residents.  Click here for more details.

It is going to be a glorious week to tee it up.  Book your prepaid golf here and book your tee time here.

See you at the course!