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The Masters Tournament has officially teed off in Augusta, Ga., this week — meaning that if you’re reading this hoping to secure tickets for this weekend, you’re already out of luck.

Cheap Masters tickets are notoriously difficult to find, and with good reason: It’s one of, if not the premier event in golf, and the course at Augusta National is the most iconic in the sport. And considering it’s one of the select few events Tiger Woods will play on an annual basis moving forward, it makes for a pricey ticket.

There are ways to apply for Masters tickets that are priced lower than what you’ll find on the open market, though the chances of successfully doing so are low. If you fail in that endeavor, then the best chance to secure a seat at Augusta is through a third-party ticket vendor.

Here’s everything you need to know about applying for Masters ticket, as well as prices through Augusta’s lottery system and third-party vendors:

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How to apply for Masters tickets

The best way to purchase Masters tickets is to apply through Augusta National Golf Club’s lottery system. It offers reasonably priced tickets for both practice rounds and tournament rounds — if you’re lucky enough to get selected.

The lottery typically opens in late May or early June for three weeks. If a Masters “patron” (the preferred term for fans at Augusta National) is selected, they can purchase tickets to the event for cheaper than what is available elsewhere.

Here was the process for how to apply in 2023, though dates will change for the 2024 event:

  1. Create or confirm a Masters account (June 1-21)
  2. Apply for 2023 tickets on masters.com (June 1-21)
  3. Those who applied are notified with the results (July 20-23)

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Masters ticket lottery odds

Applying for Masters tickets through Augusta’s lottery is the easy part. Actually getting selected is another story. Bookies.com estimates the chances of successfully applying for tickets through the Masters lottery system are 0.55 percent. In betting terms, that places the money line at roughly +18000, or 1 in 200.

Considering the number of patrons who apply for tickets every year, it makes for one of the hardest tickets to secure in American sports.

How much do Masters tickets cost?

Lottery ticket prices

According to a report from Golf.com, applicants who successfully apply for Masters tickets through the lottery system can purchase practice-round tickets for $100 each and tournament rounds for $140 each.

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Series Badge Patron tickets

A select number of patrons — literally, Select Badge Patrons — are given lifetime annual passes for all four days of the tournament. Select Badge passes cost $450 for all four days of the tournament in 2023. That’s up from $375 in 2022, though it’s still cheaper than tickets purchased through the lottery (at $140 per tournament-round ticket, it would cost $560 to attend all four days of the Masters).

How do you get Series Badge Patron tickets? The short answer is: Don’t bother. The waiting list is so long that applications were closed in 1978 (though it did briefly open in 2000).

Perks of being a Select Badge Patron include a lifetime guarantee of purchasing tickets to the Masters. Moreover, any Select Badge Patron can also bring a junior to the event with them for free, a privilege not afforded to patrons who purchase tickets through the lottery system.

The one caveat is that badge-holder passes are non-transferrable, meaning once someone dies, they can’t simply pass it on to their next family member. That is, presumably, to allow the next person on the waiting list to have a chance at annual passes.

Third-party tickets

If you’re not a Select Badge Patron and fail to apply for tickets through the lottery system, you’re at the mercy of third-party ticket vendors, which can go for thousands of dollars. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest vendors on the market:

  • TicketSmarter: $3,060 (weekend pass)
  • StubHub: $17,475 (four-day pass)
  • Vivid Seats: $8,425 (combined cost of one-day tickets)
  • Gametime: $2,707 (combined cost for Saturday, Sunday tickets)



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