A tough economy has forced a number of private clubs to become semi-private, or even open their doors to some public play. But there are still a select few clubs where you need connections -- really well-placed connections -- to get past the gates. Josh Sens writes about the toughest tee times to get in the entire country. Good luck.Augusta National Golf Club -- Augusta, Ga.
Three easy ways to get on Augusta. 1) Get a press pass to the Masters and win the media lottery for the right to play the Monday after 2) Phone Bill Gates (you've got him on speed-dial, don't you?); he is said to have pleaded for his membership, so maybe he'll appreciate your desperation 3) Wait on the second hole for Louis Oostheizen to toss you the ball he used to make a double-eagle, then swap the souvenir with Billy Payne in exchange for a tee time. Hey, it worked for a guy named Wayne Mitchell last year.