- January 16, 2023 // The Consummate Pro
The Masters 2023 is the 89th tournament held since its inception in 1934 when Horton Smith brought home the coveted Masters Trophy. Considered one of the majors with The Open, PGA, and US Open, The Masters is a can’t-miss event. Each year, The Masters takes place in Augusta, Georgia. While you can no longer purchase Masters tickets for 2023, the ticket application for 2024’s tournament will open in June.
If you have been longing to go to The Masters, 2024 may be your chance. But first, you need to know what to expect from this historic gold tournament. That is why we are bringing you this guide.
Plus, we want to tell you about some of our golfing vacation packages to consider for 2023. At The Consummate Pro, we offer traveling golf vacation packages in the US, as well as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
The Masters 2023: Everything You Need to Know
The Masters will take place from Monday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 9th this year. Gates will open at 9 a.m. CDT for the Sunday event and close half an hour after the awards ceremony.
What else do you need to know about The Masters golf tournament? We’re answering the most frequently asked questions about The Masters next.
Where does the Masters Take Place?
The Masters tournament takes place in Augusta, Georgia each year. Augusta National Golf Club has hosted the tournament on its course since it started nearly nine decades ago.
Founded in 1933, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts commissioned the Augusta National Golf Club. Bobby Jones designed the course with the help of famed golf course architect Alister “The Course Doctor” MacKenzie.
The course features the following picturesque holes:
- Hole No. 1 at Tea Olive (par 4)
- Hole No. 2 at Pink Dogwood (par 5)
- Hole No. 3 at Flowering Peach (par 4)
- Hole No. 4 at Flowering Crab Apple (par 3)
- Hole No. 5 at Magnolia (par 4)
- Hole No. 6 at Juniper (par 3)
- Hole No. 7 at Pampas (par 4)
- Hole No. 8 at Yellow Jasmine (par 5)
- Hole No. 9 at Carolina Cherry (par 4)
- Hole No. 10 at Camellia (par 4)
- Hole No. 11 at White Dogwood (par 4)
- Hole No. 12 at Golden Bell (par 3)
- Hole No. 13 at Azalea (par 5)
- Hole No. 14 at Chinese Fir (par 4)
- Hole No. 15 at Firethorn (par 5)
- Hole No. 16 at Redbud (par 3)
- Hole No. 17 at Nandina (par 4)
- Hole No. 18 at Holly (par 4)
As you can see, Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie named the majority of this course’s holes after botanicals. That is because the property they built the course on was a flower nursery before Jones and Roberts purchased it.
When do they Tee Off?
There will be four tee time rounds this year. Rounds 1 and 2 feature 31 groups, while Rounds 3 and 4 only have 26 groups.
Round 1’s first group will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CDT, and the last group will tee off at 1:33 p.m. CDT. Group 1 in Round 2 will tee off bright and early at 7 a.m. CDT, while the last group will tee off at 1:03 p.m. CDT.
The first group of Round 3 will tee off at 9:20 a.m. CDT. The last group will tee off at 1:50 p.m. CDT. Round 4’s first group tees off at 9:10 a.m., while the last group will tee off at 1:40 p.m.
Who is on the Leaderboard?
Scottie Scheffler of the US is the #1 pick for The Masters this year. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Shane Lowry of Ireland round out the top three leaders.
Cameron Smith of Australia and Collin Morikawa of the US are also top picks to win the Masters in 2023.
Who Won the Masters 2022?
Scottie Scheffler won the 2022 Masters with a score of -10. The previous year Hideki Matsuyama of Japan swept The Masters with the same score.
Jack Nicklaus is both the oldest winner of the Masters, and the player who has the most Masters wins under his belt. He won the gold in 1963, 1965–1966, 1972, and 1975. His final win was in 1986 when he was 46 years old.
Tiger woods is the youngest winner of the Masters, and the player with the second-highest number of Masters wins. He won the 1997 Masters at only 21 years old. He then went on to win won the title in 2001–2002, 2005, and 2019.
Where Can You Buy Masters Tickets for 2023?
Ticket applications for the 2023 Masters tournament are no longer available. Note that you cannot buy Masters tickets from third-party resalers. Augusta National is the only authorized seller for The Masters tournament.
2024 Masters ticket applications will open on June 1st, 2023. Make sure you submit your application on or before June 20th to reserve your spot. Ticket payments are due between July 20th and August 10th, 2023.
Where Can You Stay for the Masters?
Check out the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau website to learn more about hotel accommodations. You can contact these hotels directly to find out if they have rooms available during the tournament.
A more popular choice, though, is to stay in a short-term rental. Many locals offer their homes to Masters attendees during the tournament. You can find a list of available spots on the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce website.
The Consummate Pro also helps Masters attendees plan their trip. Learn more about our tour planning services to find out how we can help you find accommodation for your Augusta trip.
Take a Golf Vacation Before the Masters
The Masters 2023 is still a few months away. What better way to fill your time until then than with a golfing vacation?
At The Consummate Pro, we specialize in destination vacations for golfing enthusiasts like you.
Two of our favorite destinations are the Southern Charms golf tour across Ireland and Alwoodly in Leeds, England.
The Masters’ course architect Alister MacKenzie designed the Alwoodly and many of the golf courses on the Southern Charms tour. They can give you a taste of what August National Golf Club has to offer.
Southern Charms Golf Tour
Southern Charms takes you on a golf tour of the picturesque southern Ireland coast. This all-inclusive vacation takes place over six nights and offers six rounds of golf at courses across Ireland.
In all, you will get access to 13 different golf courses on this tour, including Dooks, Tralee, Ballybunion, and Waterville. Transportation, accommodation, and a daily Irish breakfast are included.
The reason why we’d recommend this tour to any Masters tournament lovers out there is because of Cork Golf Club. Located in the southeast corner of Ireland, Cork is more than 130 years old.
Alister MacKenzie came up with this course in 1888. He situated it right behind the scenic Cork Harbour and on top of a limestone quarry. You will be hard-pressed to find a more scenic golf course in all of Ireland and even the world.
This golfing getaway costs $4,199 per person. Learn more about our Southern Charms Ireland golf tourhere and book your spot today!
The first golf course Alister MacKenzie ever designed was the Alwoodly golf course in Leeds, England. He architected this 6,914-yard course over a hundred years ago in 1907.
Often called the Original MacKenzie, Brits also consider Alwoodly the shining jewel of English gold courses. It is situated on top of Wigton Moor and features tight fairways cut into the gorse and heather landscape.
Though the course is mostly unchanged from its original MacKenzie design, Ken Moodie restored Alwoodley’s bunkers more recently. Golf course designer Clyde Johnson also recently relandscaped the course.
If you are looking for a course to play as the pros do, this is the one for you. It is extremely similar to the course at the Augusta National Golf Club.
There are striking similarities between Alwoodly’s 10th hole and Augusta’s 13th hole. Alwoodly’s 11th hole at the 176th yard (par 3) is almost identical to Augusta’s with its severe borrows.
When you are in the area, make sure to stop by Moortown. The Moortown Golf Club is also in Leeds and is yet another Alister MacKenzie design. He finished work on this golf course in 1909, only two years after Alwoodly.
We offer accommodation and travel packages for club golfers who want to visit this English course. Learn more about our favorite English golf clubs and courses at this link and enquire today to plan your trip.
Let Consummate Pro Plan Your Golf Trip
Masters tickets for 2023 are no longer on sale, but the window to apply for tickets for the 2024 tournament is approaching. Make sure you plan your golf vacation now to get ready for the Augusta National.
Need help planning your trip to the 2023 or 2024 Masters tournament in Augusta? We are the golf and travel planning experts you have been searching for. Get a free online quote for your trip today!