The price of golf’s golden ticket just got a little more expensive.
Masters series badges -- tickets to all four tournament days -- will cost $75 more in 2015, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
The price hike brings the price of a four-day badge up to $325. It’s the highest single-year increase ever in Masters ticket prices and the first since 2012, when prices when up $50 to $250.
Since badges sell for thousands of dollars on the secondary markets, it’s unlikely the $75 increase will open up spots on the waiting list, which closed in 1978, briefly opened in 2000 and has been closed again ever since.
The Masters is considered one of the toughest tickets in sports and attending at least one tournament round at the storied Augusta National course is a “bucket list” item for many golfers.
Augusta National Golf Club doesn’t disclose how many tickets it sells for the Masters, but the gallery size is estimated to be about 35,000 per day, which creates a much more intimate atmosphere than golf’s other majors. Concession prices are much lower as well -- a beer and a sandwich at the Masters will set you back just $6.
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