Masters 2019: Augusta National’s Golf Shop is a credit card’s worst nightmare

April 12, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Masters experience isn’t complete without a stop in the Augusta National Golf Shop. It’s right up there with a walk past Augusta’s fabled clubhouse and camping out at Amen Corner.

Seriously.

If you go to the Masters during a practice round, you might get a photo on the course (cameras only, and only during practice rounds!) to post on social media and likely frame. Once official play begins cameras are off limits and the Augusta Golf Shop is your lone option to come away with a memento. Anything from Augusta instantly becomes a conversation starter in your home, a humblebrag on your office desk, or can be used to rib your buddy that you’ve been to the Masters and they haven’t.

I do, however, have one piece of advice for you before entering the Golf Shop: Make sure you have PLENTY of room available on your credit card.

Augusta’s Golf Shop is where credit limits are pushed to the max and multiple cards are used. A trip to the Masters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and that means spending mucho dollars on things you may or may not really need. Once friends, family and co-workers get wind of your trip, gift requests will come flying in like your Santa Claus. You might’ve won the Masters lottery but you’ll need to win the real lottery to pay off your shopping list.

I was given fair warning from my GOLF co-workers ahead of time. This is my first trip to the Masters, after all. You know how you take a trip to Target for “one thing” and next thing you know you’re struggling to carry all of your bags on the way out? It’s the exact same experience at Augusta…just WAY more expensive. I spent a cool 650 bucks and honestly, I was impressed with my self-control. I could’ve easily gone over a grand had the shop been less crowded to sort through some other items I probably would’ve snagged.

On the way out, I asked a few other people exiting the shop about their expenses.

Heather Hingson, Tampa, Fla.

Money spent: $1,600

Plans for purchase: “I’m going to hang my Masters flag Sunday for a party I’m hosting.”

Regret: “None. I got everything I wanted.”

Augusta Golf Shop thoughts: “It was like Christmas in there. My only criticism would be that they need more women’s specific t-shirts.”

Heather Hingson is ready to show off her purchases at her Masters party Sunday.

George, Toronto, Canada

Money spent: $1,000

Items bought: “I got a vest, flag, wine cups, beer cups, some shirts and that’s just what’s in one of my bags.”

Regret: “Not buying a Masters polo in more colors”

Augusta Golf Shop thoughts: “It’s fantastic in there. They are thoroughly organized, and everything is easy to sort through.”

Steve Urbanski, Hilton Head, S.C.

Money spent: $900

Best Deal: “You can’t beat the Masters chair for $30.”

Regret: “Not buy a shirt”

Augusta Golf Shop thoughts: “The staff was extremely friendly and knew where everything was when I had questions.”

Clint Miller, Michigan

Money spent: $600

Buy for: “Gifts for family and friends”

Regret: “I wish I got a quarter zip”

Augusta Golf Shop thoughts: “There was an endless amount of options. It was nicer than I expected in there.

Clint Miller went home with plenty of gifts for family and friends.

Frank Rosato, Toronto, Canada

Money spent: $462

Regret: “None. The rest of my group had them and that’s why they’re currently back inside”

Augusta Golf Shop thoughts: “It was so crowded in there that it caused some mass confusion at times. There are great selections in there though and the lines move quickly despite how long they look.”

Frank Rosato and his son thoroughly enjoyed their Masters experience.

The moral of the story is money spent at the Augusta National Golf Shop doesn’t really count…until your April credit card statement arrives.

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