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If there’s one event golf fans look forward to each year, it’s The Masters. It’s one of the four major championships and the first one of the year, making it a hot ticket to see the world’s best golfers duke it out. And now one hotel wants to get you even closer to the action.
As the closest luxury resort to Augusta National Golf Club, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee—an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property—created an exclusive package that includes luxury accommodations, incredible culinary and cocktail experiences, and unparalleled activities for four people looking for the ultimate tournament experience.
Over five days, you get Masters badges for Saturday, April 11, private transportation to and from the tournament, and four nights in a two-bedroom cottage, which features lake and golf course views from the private wrap-around porch. Of course, that’s not the only golfing activities. You’ll also get two rounds of 18-holes of golf on two of the five championship courses, including Great Waters, which just debuted a redesign by Jack Nicklaus. A Private Short Game or Full Swing Tune-Up instruction at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade is also included as well as a private club fitting with a TaylorMade Master Club Fitter for custom-built clubs.
It’s important to note that the experience at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade is just like how the pro’s experience instruction and club-fitting on the PGA tour. A custom set of clubs is built so quickly in the TaylorMade club-fitting trailer to the exact specifications of the golfer for use on the course the very next day.
When not focusing on swinging a club or watching the pros, you’ll get a sporting experience at Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds where there’s a clay course, archery, and fishing. You also get to drive the Off-Road Course in the Land Rover Discovery. Use of resort bicycles, kayaks, and paddleboards, and daily fitness classes are all included too.
As far as food goes, you’ll get daily breakfast, grab-and-go lunch options, and dinner at a variety of top-notch restaurants like Georgia’s and Linger Longer Steakhouse where a chef’s tasting menu will be prepared with rare hand-selected wines by the sommelier. And a private bourbon tasting with a Certified Bourbon Steward is part of the package too.
“Our Luxury Masters Package allows guests to experience ’the best of the best’ from both the resort and The Masters Tournament,” Ralph Vick, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, told Departures. “Created with the golf aficionado in mind, a day spent on the greens watching favorite pros tee off, is complemented with premier dining experiences, unmatched activities, and amenities, along with private accommodations in our premier Lakeside Cottage, for an incredible well-rounded trip to The Masters.”
The cost to tee up to one of the most prestigious golf tournaments of the year? The Luxury Masters Package is priced at a cool $100,000.