Augusta - how much would you pay?

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I can't see the point in playing it unless it was set up as would be for The Masters, in which case it would beat me to death and I wouldn't enjoy it. So I don't want to play it.

(In any event I'm in the camp that thinks The Masters is an over-hyped average competition with ridiculous greens.)
With an invited field - of which some would not normally be able to play a tour event.
 

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Unless personal situation changes, I wont ever be going to USA.

Therefore I wouldn't pay anything to play there.

Personally would rather play a course closer to home with the family, get so much more enjoyment out of that, then playing a big name course.
 

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I have absolutely no interest in playing Augusta National so there is no amount of money would I would part with to play it. All the comments saying its number 1 bucket list course or those that say they wouldn't play there are deluded per se make me laugh because people genuinely can't understand someone not liking the course or wanting to play it. Far many more courses I'd rather play.
 

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I have absolutely no interest in playing Augusta National so there is no amount of money would I would part with to play it. All the comments saying its number 1 bucket list course or those that say they wouldn't play there are deluded per se make me laugh because people genuinely can't understand someone not liking the course or wanting to play it. Far many more courses I'd rather play.
I think people accept there are courses people would choose over it.

But, I do find it hard to belive people who say they wouodnt play it at all. Especially someone who's played Upchurch ;)
 
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I’m sure we all have our limits on green fees, which is perfectly fine. I think I read somewhere that the visitors green fee is $40, but how much would you pay if given the opportunity to play Augusta?

Comparing it against the well known courses which charge hundreds, is it worth more than those?
Personally... I'm over this.

Yes it looks special and has an other worldly feel about it... but as far as I'm concerned, what the Old Course charge is my limit in terms of green fees. I think this year that's £190. Does that mean I might not stretch to a bit more if I genuinely had the chance...? probably I would.

However in general would not enjoy paying hundreds or thousands for a game of golf at any venue, with any playing partner. I don't consider myself tight and I like to enjoy life and have nice things and experiences. But purchases & spending tends to be considered and even if I was really well off, there is still an opportunity cost. Spending £5,000 on a trip to Augusta... that's effectively 10 years membership at St Andrews or North Berwick.

Obviously things may move on in my life and I may be fortunate enough to be far far more comfortable financially and afford everything I'd want... and while things may loosen up a bit... does this mean I'd pay £1,000 for a round of golf. Hypothetical obviously, but I doubt I would.
 

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I think people accept there are courses people would choose over it.

But, I do find it hard to belive people who say they wouodnt play it at all. Especially someone who's played Upchurch ;)
In my defense of playing Upchurch it's never been out of choice and I've never paid for a round there either 😉

Literally have no desire whatsoever to play Augusta, I certainly wouldn't go out my way to pay a green fee to travel there and play it.

I'd rather play courses like Cypress Point, Pine Valley, Pebble, Pinehurst No2, Cape Kidnappers, Banff Springs or Spyglass.
 

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Must be rubbish being a member there if decent golfers can't break 100!
Yes I would agree .
But I have found once you adjust to the speed of the greens it’s fine.
But wouldn’t want to be a member of a course that beats you up every week.
That can’t be fun.
 

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Talking to a pro a few years ago now who'd been to watch the Masters he thought that if every hole at Augusta was a Par 3 the 'average ' club golfer still wouldn't break 100, either never stopping on the green in the first place and that's before you talk about putting....

Think he was probably right ?

GBC

I'm hardly surprised, the average golfer here is about a 15 capper, they hardly break a ton here never mind Augusta.
 

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I am firmly in the pro-Augusta camp here. I'd pay anything to play it, especially with Sunday pins. To stand on 12 and hit that tee shot and walk across the bridge, to play 13, to hit the shot on 16 with the Sunday pin, to hit the approach into 11 with the water down the left, to hit the drive on 18, take on the water on 15, what an experience it'd be, I would absolutely love to play it. I love Augusta and I love The Masters.
 

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I am firmly in the pro-Augusta camp here. I'd pay anything to play it, especially with Sunday pins. To stand on 12 and hit that tee shot and walk across the bridge, to play 13, to hit the shot on 16 with the Sunday pin, to hit the approach into 11 with the water down the left, to hit the drive on 18, take on the water on 15, what an experience it'd be, I would absolutely love to play it. I love Augusta and I love The Masters.
I agree would love to play it.
But we are used to seeing the pros hit 5 iron 220yds to par 5s .
We can’t do that so would play it totally differently.
Or lose a few balls in the water.
We all know the holes so well it would be a great experience.
 

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So just to throw it out there......

If you got the chance to play Augusta, would you rather 1) play it off the back tees like the pros to get the full experience* or 2) play off forward tees to (possibly) hit similar clubs into the greens that the pros hit?

*for full experience read get totally beaten up :eek:
 

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Must be rubbish being a member there if decent golfers can't break 100!
I think most of the comments relating to scoring around there are based on pro tees and tournament set up. I've no doubt they are right about that. Going off the members tees with slower greens it starts to become a more normal course, I would guess.

I suspect your post was in jest, a good line by the way, but your point is sound. If it really was that hard then it would not be much fun.

I think there was a bit on the GM Facebook page where Joel Tadman played it the day after the Masters finished one year, Press day they call it. From memory he was off 4 at the time and went round in either 84 or 88. I'm pretty sure he went off the members tees, not the tournament tees although I am happy to be corrected there. Biggest issue he mentioned was nerves, the occasion getting to him.

Back to the question, it is a hard one as for us you have to factor in flights etc. Let's assume I am in Georgia anyway and the only cost is the green fee. I would pay up to £300 for a round there. I'd struggle to justify more but I suspect if they said you can go on for £320, not £300 I would find the extra £20 :D. It's Augusta National, why would a golfer not want to play there?
 

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So just to throw it out there......

If you got the chance to play Augusta, would you rather 1) play it off the back tees like the pros to get the full experience* or 2) play off forward tees to (possibly) hit similar clubs into the greens that the pros hit?

*for full experience read get totally beaten up :eek:
Forward tees.

we see how they struggle hitting greens, I’d wanna face the same challenge. Would be no point playing off their tees and either hitting 3 wood to every green, or more like a wedge+ for my 3rd (most likely 5th).
 

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So just to throw it out there......

If you got the chance to play Augusta, would you rather 1) play it off the back tees like the pros to get the full experience* or 2) play off forward tees to (possibly) hit similar clubs into the greens that the pros hit?

*for full experience read get totally beaten up :eek:
Option 2, no question. We play for fun don't we? I can't hit it 300yds off the tee so why pretend I can.

Leave your ego at home and enjoy the experience. (I think you can ask that question of a lot of big courses and my answer would be the same each time)
 

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So just to throw it out there......

If you got the chance to play Augusta, would you rather 1) play it off the back tees like the pros to get the full experience* or 2) play off forward tees to (possibly) hit similar clubs into the greens that the pros hit?

*for full experience read get totally beaten up :eek:
Play 36 and do one of each ;)
 

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In my defense of playing Upchurch it's never been out of choice and I've never paid for a round there either 😉

Literally have no desire whatsoever to play Augusta, I certainly wouldn't go out my way to pay a green fee to travel there and play it.

I'd rather play courses like Cypress Point, Pine Valley, Pebble, Pinehurst No2, Cape Kidnappers, Banff Springs or Spyglass.
I can recommend that one (y) :)
 
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