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Courtesy of the USA Today:
It’s no secret: Masters tickets are notoriously difficult to obtain.
A limited number of single day practice-round and daily tournament passes are distributed each year by a lottery system that is entered via an online application.
OK, but if you know a Masters patron with yearly four-day badges (for the tournament rounds) and he/she is willing to give you ones not in use for 2017, this can get you in. But these are long odds, too.
If you can’t swing either of these, that means your bet for tickets is to go to the secondary market.
And oh, does that get pricey.
We’re still five days out from the first practice round (Monday, April 3) and the prices are gigantic for Masters week.
The cheapest option for one, single-day pass right now? Go to the Monday practice round.
What will that set you back? According to StubHub, $550 at least. Here’s the proof:
Other ticketing sites tell the same story, if not pricier.
As you might imagine, the prices only get steeper for passes later in the week. A single pass for the Tuesday practice round is going for around $725 or more. The Wednesday practice round, which includes the Par 3 Contest, will require you forking over some $1,500. Yes, $1,500.
Here are the minimum prices you can expect to pay for the remainder of the week if you buy one pass through a ticketing site:
Thursday-Sunday (four-day badge): $6,500
All seven days: $9,000
(Note: Certain ticketing sites offer partial-day passes, which reduces the price. But those are going fast!)
These figures are just at the moment, too! As the tournament nears, prices are bound to continue upward and could fluctuate at any time (like, if/when Tiger Woods commits to play).
There are a couple caveats.
First, these are the prices for just buying a single pass for a day. If you’re looking to purchase multiple of such, ticket sites may offer a little bit in deals on certain days. But those go quickly and likely won’t save more than $100 per ticket.
There’s also this: Ticketing sites aren’t your only secondary market avenue. There are plenty of passes and badges being sold on eBay, sometimes at prices $100s lower than you’ll find on ticketing sites. But most of these are up for bid rather than straight up purchasing, adding some uncertainty if there’s a time crunch.
Another option is Craigslist, where some tickets are advertised at prices several hundred dollars lower than those on ticketing sites. BUT BEWARE!!!
There’s plenty of scamming done on Craigslist, so if you go this route, be as cautious as you can, and any really low ticket price you see may very well be too good to be true.
Finally, if you’re looking to drive down to Augusta, Ga., to try to buy tickets there, BE CAREFUL here, too. If police catch anyone buying, selling or handing off passes or badges within a 2,700-foot boundary of Augusta National, said perpetrators can face misdemeanor charges.
All of this is to say, this isn’t your grandfather’s Masters. There was a time when nabbing a ticket to the year’s first major wasn’t such a voyage, as the tournament didn’t sell out in any year until 1966. But a waiting list for badges was soon formed due to increased demand and then closed on two different occasions (the wait list is currently closed).
The times certainly have changed. Getting a Masters ticket via the secondary market will cost you. So if you’re determined to go this avenue, make sure you have plenty of leeway on your annual budget.