Yeah! I got the email! Although I shouldn’t be too excited — it was just a message letting me know I could “apply” for tickets to the 2013 Master’s Golf tournament , which approval of said application, is only by a random selection. So, with all those other applicants; my chances are pretty slim, but I can always wish, right?
This will be my first ever attendance to the Masters. Could it be? To ensure a chance I immediately submitted my application, and in turn, received an immediate response confirming receipt, advising that the selection process would be completed come mid-August. Step one was done. And I prefer to be well-prepared for step two, so onto seeking out reasonable lodging for this extravagant trip. Yes, definitely extravagant — keep in mind; special events like the Masters can be a daunting task to locating a decent moderate hotel, where rates can start at $450 usd per night, before incidentals, that usually average a meer $139 usd per night!
As I browsed for availability for hotels in the city of Augusta, Georgia, and its neighboring towns, I stumbled upon a charming place located in the city of Aiken called The Willcox. So I measured its distance through Mapquest – reasonable. I read through the many guests reviews — impressive accolades. And I did my own internal review from feedback of other like-minded travel agents — highly regarded. I was on the right track, along with a hope to see Vijay, Phil, Tiger and many other favorite golfers with a swing so smooth — like butter.
The Willcox promises to exceed guest expectations. It exudes a southern charm; a lovely porch; a beautifully decorated parlor and comfortable well-appointed rooms from the pillow-top beds and refine linens, to spacious bathrooms with marble counters, a shower big enough for two and a big soaking tub, to the little touches that hotel guests appreciate the most. It appears to be a gorgeous historic mansion with all the modern conveniences. A place worthy of my recommendation, perhaps.
But what “had me at hello”, was their green practices. I love all things about eco-friendly hospitality, and when I learned The Willcox is part of South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance, I appreciated their seriousness in achieving their environmental goals, evident by their award-winning environmental policy .
Ahhh…to hear the roar of the crowd! Imagine the nostalgia! I wish to witness the next green jacket winner. I wish to stay at The Willcox – a glamorous green place. Simply charming. Wish me luck!
Advice For Those Traveling Now?
Getting to Augusta National Golf is easily accessible from either Charlotte Douglass International airport or the more popular, Atlanta International airport, both within nearly a three-hour drive. Or, the closest airport at only 30-minutes away is Augusta Regional.
If you hunger for a taste of the real South, you’ll find it right in the city of Atlanta and on your two-and-a-half hour journey to Aiken. Biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, black-eyed peas and turnip greens are served piping hot all over the metro area. Even the most regal hotels serve grits in Atlanta!
Quaint street side shops, city-like malls, and friendly neighborhood centers are dotted throughout the region. Antiques abound almost everywhere you look, and are commonly concentrated in the heart of the suburbs’ picturesque squares and historic districts.
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Photo credits: the entrance of Augusta National, hole flag, the 13th Hole, The Masters Tournament / Tiger Woods, Zimbo // Exterior view of hotel, Conde Nast Traveler // Phil Mickelson, LA Times by Tim Dominick and McClatchy-Tribune
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