Insider’s Guide to the Ultimate Masters Tournament Experience!

If you are fortunate enough to have tickets in hand, be they practice rounds or daily badges, then here are a few MUST DOs that will make your Masters experience as unforgettable as your wedding day, the birth of your first child, the memory of your first kiss. This is my 40th Masters in a row, and I can’t wait to share my inside nuggets of navigation with you.

An Active Life in Columbia County

With an abundance of natural resources, Columbia County, Augusta’s neighbor to the west, is an outstanding local destination for outdoor recreation. Positioned along the shores of the 71,000-acre Clark’s Hill Lake, and bordered by the Savannah River and Augusta Canal, the community is a favored destination for myriad sports enthusiasts. Including its excellent park system, miles of biking and hiking trails, and waterways for paddle sports, Columbia County is a well-rounded outdoor sports location.

Fishing Around Augusta

To categorize these waters simply, there are three distinct choices of places to fish: the lake, the river, and a multitude of private and public ponds. Our lake (referred to as Clarks Hill by Georgians and Thurmond Lake by South Carolinians) is a 71,535 acre reservoir created in 1954 twenty-two miles north of Augusta. This fishery has played host to numerous B.A.S.S. tournaments and has a healthy population of Striped Bass, Crappie, Bream, Catfish and many more species in addition to the Largemouth.

Hunting in the Augusta Area

Outdoor-minded Augustans are blessed with an abundance of public hunting lands that include a quarter of a million acres on both sides of the Savannah River.

Most sites are within an hour’s drive from downtown and require little more than a hunting license and wildlife management area permits available through the Georgia or South Carolina departments of natural resources.