Experiencing the Holy Grail of Golf Events

The Masters is the pinnacle of golf tournaments, happening every April in Augusta, Georgia. The fabled, private club of Augusta National hosts the first major championship of the year. The event is known for being exclusive, old fashioned, and impeccable. It’s the best of the best, and it’s the holy grail for any golf fan.

This year, Peter Conti, the front desk supervisor at Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East, won tickets given away by our in room coffee partner, Westrock Coffee. He attended the practice round on April 5, and also watched the social par 3 contest held that day, before the first round began April 6. For a golf fan, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I had always wanted to go, and this was absolutely worth it,” said Conti. “Watching it on TV doesn’t do it justice. There was not a blade of grass out of place. On the grounds alone, there were hundreds of people walking around making it tidy, and the azaleas were on full display. It was just phenomenal.”

Conti said although it is very exclusive and hard to get into, once you’ve got tickets to the Masters, you’re treated very well. This goes for golfers and spectators alike.

“We were treated wonderfully. It’s very golfer friendly, with no cell phones allowed, and cameras only allowed on the practice day.” Sandwiches were kept at a reasonable and nostalgic $1.50, and Conti took home a ball marker, hat clips, some cups, and a golf towel from the Augusta National golf shop.

The tournament, which is steeped in tradition, downplays corporate sponsorship banners angled towards TV cameras, and focuses on golf. Conti said he got to see some of his favorite golfers: Ricky Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson.

As for the course, Conti said it was interesting to see the differences between Augusta National and Wachesaw East Golf Club’s Scottish style.

“We walked the fairways, and I got to see how different it is. There are no flat greens, and it’s very tight,” he said.

Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Club has a variety of charity events coming up this summer, detailed on their Facebook page. For details on the golf courses scheduled improvements, click here.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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