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Aerial Adventures Over Augusta

I recently had the opportunity to get a view of Augusta that few others have experienced – from the sky!  If you have a sense of adventure and aren’t afraid of little planes, you really should check out an aerial tour of the city.

We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to see anything since it was a foggy morning, but fortunately it all burned off by late morning and we were set to go. We checked in with Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field, met our pilot, climbed into our Cessna, put on our headphones and were off! 

Now I will say that the plane is only a 4-seater, so it was a little unnerving at first. But once we were in the air it was so exciting to see our beautiful area and get my bearings with landmarks, that I forgot all about the size of the plane. I was so busy concentrating on figuring out where I was and what I was seeing, that my only thought of the plane was the fact that it was so small it allowed me to easily see things on both sides.

We flew at a pretty low altitude, staying at around 1,000 feet up, which made it easy to spot landmarks. Heather, our pilot, took us over Augusta State University and the Augusta Country Club before looping around over the greenest thing in the area this time of year, the Augusta National Golf Club. Preparations are definitely underway for next month’s tournament, and I could see scoreboards and grandstands up and ready. From there we headed towards downtown before following the Savannah River and Augusta Canal north towards Lake Thurmond. We didn’t make it quite to the lake since we had done several loops over the golf course, but did get a good view of the dam. It was a great flight and I gained a new appreciation for the beauty of our waterways. 

The flights are very reasonably priced, and they even have a Sunset Tour that includes wine and cheese along with the flight over the lake, perfect for a special occasion. I definitely recommend taking the opportunity to experience Augusta from the air and I’m looking forward to doing it again once the flowers start blooming.

Masters of Food! Augusta National Snack Time Treats

Okay, the Augusta tournament may be about seeing the Masters of Golf or maybe even seeing the Masters of all Golf Courses. But you should also know they are also the Masters of inexpensive tasty food. I am serious! It is fabulous. And just when I thought it could not get any better… in 2009, they added the Sausage Biscuit! The best $1.50 spent all day…. well except for the egg salad sandwich….and maybe the chocolate chip cookie but that was only a dollar. Four of us ate lunch for less than $20. That’s including some headache medicine for one of us out a little late the night before. The food was so great and affordable I took a few photos. This was last year’s menu, but I thought it still might help you prepare for when you get in line in Augusta for the Masters Tournament snack.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Masters Tournament

At the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau we get a lot of calls about the Augusta National Golf Club’s Masters Tournament. Below are just a few of the more regular questions that we have received. Please do not hesitate to call us with other questions about your visit to Augusta at 800-726-0243 or visit our website at www.AugustaGa.org.

  • I did not get tickets for the Masters 2010, is it too late to apply for the lottery? Yes, it is too late. You will need to reapply. Applications are accepted starting in May the year before and usually due by the end of July.
  • I cannot do a lot of walking; can a wheelchair be rented at the tournament? No, the Augusta National Golf Club does not rent out wheelchairs but in previous years you could rent them from DuraMed 706.737.0500.
  • I am not planning to rent a car; do hotels in the area provide shuttle service? Yes, many hotels provide shuttle service from hotel to golf course and back, at a nominal cost or not at all.
  • Where can I park once I arrive to the golf course? How early do I need to be there? The Augusta National Golf Club has allocated a very large area of free parking spaces during the Masters Tournament. During the Tournament, gates normally open at 8am daily.
  • I received a notification letter that I won tickets for the practice round so I will be coming to Augusta in April, where can I stay? You can access the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau website to get a listing of hotels in the area, or we can mail you a visitor’s guide. Websites for research: www.augustaga.org or www.augustareservations.com
  • I noticed that my check has been cashed, when do I receive my tickets? Typically tickets begin to be mailed out starting mid-January. If you have questions or concerns about your tickets contact the Augusta National Golf Club directly at 706.667.6000 and ask for Tournament Information.
  • Is the Golf Course within walking distance of the hotels on Washington Road? No, it is not. The closest hotel is about a mile from the front gate.
  • What is the dress code? Appropriate clothes and shoes should be worn at all time. You will mainly see golf casual on the course. Layers are also recommended since mornings are still a little cool.
  • I would like to play some golf while I am in Augusta, can you recommend some golf courses? Augusta has many great golf courses to play. However, during the week of Masters Tee times should be made well in advance.
  • It is March and I have not received my tickets yet? Perhaps you provided a forwarding address; the Augusta National does not forward tickets to addresses not matching the application. If that is the case, then most probably the Club has your tickets, otherwise for any other reason you will need to contact them directly 706.667.6000.
  • Can I bring an infant with me to the Practice Round? All attendees must have a badge.
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