2014 Masters: Practice Round Rainout Policy

Posted on April 7, 2014 | in 2014 Masters, Golf, Respect For People, Sports | by
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For the first time since 2003, weather forced the gates for The Masters at Augusta National closed. (Chris Trotman/Augusta National Golf Club)

The 2014 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club is here! Sadly, for the first time in over ten years, inclement weather has forced the closure of a round at The Masters today. Masters Week at Augusta National typically consists of practice rounds Monday through Wednesday before the four-round tournament begins on Thursday. A little bit after 10 a.m. local time tournament officials closed the course because of rain – players scheduled to practice today were taken off the course and practice areas, the entrance gates were closed to incoming patrons, and those patrons already on the course were corralled out of the gates.

Outdoor sporting events are subject to the weather elements that can be hard to predict and properly plan for, whether it is a spectator or event organizer trying to prepare for all possible occurrences. The Masters is no different, especially since it plays in late March or early April every year and susceptible to crazy spring season weather. Fans travel from all over the world and plan trips to Augusta months in advance, but poor weather can significantly derail those plans at any time. Masters tickets are in high demand and very costly when purchased on the secondary market, as are logistical arrangements – despite enormously-inflated hotel room rates in the area the rooms sell out early. Postponement of tournament rounds can delay play to later days and even push tournament play into the following week.

Most tickets for sporting events are able to be used for rescheduled events (such as single occurrences such as college bowl games or championships) or exchanged for tickets to games later in the season (baseball, basketball, football). It’s not often that refunds are offered, let alone given.

However, Augusta National Golf Club continues to show respect for people and taking care of its customers and fans. The Masters rainout policy is fantastic:

Purchasers of Monday Practice Round tickets will be sent refunds in May, and will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2015 Practice Rounds tickets. Further information will be included with the refund.

“We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today’s practice round, however safety must be our first concern. We look forward to seeing these patrons next year,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

So because of today’s rainout, purchasers of tickets not only get refunds but also access to purchase tickets next year. Of course, this policy isn’t applicable to ticket prices from scalpers or hotel room buys. Sorry, folks.

Augusta National Golf Club puts the fan experience and safety all ahead of financial rewards. Is it any wonder that this place is so beloved?

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