It’s without a doubt, one of the greatest golf week’s of the year: Masters’ week.
For many, the various and vibrant shades of green at Augusta National signify the official start of the golf season. Snow ridden states begin to thaw (we hope), golf clubs emerge from months of hibernation, and office productivity plunges as live-streaming Masters’ coverage overtakes every golf-lover’s desktop.
While watching The Masters on TV is incredible, attending in person is an absolute dream come true. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself holding a Masters’ badge, congrats! Now it’s time to figure out what to wear.
Any rules for Masters’ attire?
Unless you’re a member of Augusta National Golf Club (reppin’ your very own green jacket), there aren’t any written rules for patron’s (Augusta’s term for fans) beyond, “appropriate clothing should be worn at all times.”
As you’ll soon find out, patrons will be rocking just about everything at Augusta National. From t-shirts to button downs, golf apparel to Sunday’s best. Pastels will be out in full force, plenty of ladies will reach for their sundresses and floppy hats, and don’t be surprised to see a bow-tie or two.
Though the rules are pretty open ended, we offer some thoughts on how to look and feel your best while walking the hallowed grounds at Augusta. And if you’re wandering where the best spots to watch the action will be, be sure to check out our 10 best spectator spots at Augusta.
Basic Style Tips for Augusta National
(1) Reach for your most comfortable, spike-less golf shoes
Yes, your golf shoes. Hear me out here.
You’ve inevitably been told a million times by broadcasters how “your TV just doesn’t do the elevation change at Augusta National justice.” As cliche as it is to say, it’s true. If you want to get the most out of the experience, prepare for lots of walking up and down the many hills. First timer? You absolutely must walk the entire course. Even if you’ve got your sights set on posting up at Amen Corner or the grandstands by 15 green and 16 tee, you’re going to have to hoof it from the main entrance, all the way to the far end of the property. The hills are no joke!
So why golf shoes? Well, golf companies have come a long way in developing ultra-comfortable shoes, primed for lots of walking. Beyond the comfort factor, it’s important to throw on a shoe that’s waterproof and has some serious traction. Wet feet from morning dew or a mid-day shower are sure to dampen your experience. And if it’s a rainy week, the heavily walked areas tend to get quite muddy and hills very slick. Leave the sneakers or loafers at home and snag a pair of Disruptors, True’s, Innovators, Air Max 1G or any other comfy spike-less golf shoe for the hike. You’ll appreciate the added traction when scaling Augusta’s hills.
(2) Layer Up
April in Augusta could mean warm and sunny skies, or brisk wind and rain — and many times, a little bit of both. Chilly mornings are common, though the sun often warms things up for the afternoon. Still, sitting in bleachers can leave you cooler than you’d expect. The best way to prepare for a variety of temperatures throughout the day is by layering-up.
Mid-layers and vests are perfect for cutting an early morning chill, while knits or performance sweaters should be utilized for colder forecasted temps. A chance of rain? Don’t be hero. Grab your waterproof rain jacket and throw it around your shoulders, just incase. You’ll be thankful if the skies open up.
(3) Accessorize with a purpose
There are a few accessories you won’t want to leave without. First, grab your favorite hat. Save the Masters’ hat (you’ll inevitably purchase) for impressing your hometown friends, and instead go with a hat that’ll set you apart from the sea of green stomping around — maybe one from your home club (logos tend to lead to great conversations) or any one of these stylish options. The hat will save you from the sun (sunscreen is a smart move, too), while also bringing your head-to-toe look to life.
Second, an all-day affair outdoors calls for a little eye protection. Even on seemingly overcast days, bring along a pair of sunglass and avoid that day-long squinting. Aviators, wayfarers, club masters … the style choice is yours, but we’re loving Electic Golf’s Nashville XL shades.
Lastly, a watch! It’s rare these days to need a timepiece, but Augusta’s cellphone ban means you’ll be reliant on this age old method to keep track of time. It’ll come in great use for splitting-up and reuniting with your group at a later time, as well as getting a sense for where certain groups are on the course (Augusta provides tee sheets with player tee times that day at each gate entrance). Plus, you can break out that vintage piece your grandfather passed on, or your new Apple watch that’s now demanding all your attention.
If you’re a diehard, a set of binoculars will come in handy for spectating. And if you’re attending for any of the practice rounds, bring your camera in tow! Though banned on tournament days, pictures are permitted Monday thru Wednesday.
Our Recommended Masters Looks
Forecast: Crisp Morning & Mild Afternoon
Bottoms: G/FORE Core 5 Pocket Trouser – Navy
Polo: Criquet Slim Fit Players Shirt – Mr. White
Layering: Greyson Mohawk Crewneck – Navy Heather
Hat: Greyson Order & Honor Snapback
Shoes: G/FORE Disruptors – Patriot
Sunglasses: Electric Nashville XL in Matte Tort
Forecast: Warm & Sunny
Bottoms*: Greyson Montauk Jogger – Stingray
Polo: Greyson GOAT Polo – Arctic
Layering: Greyson Tate Mockneck – Arctic
Hat: G/FORE Pray For Birdies Snapback – White
Shoes: Nike Air Max 1G – White
Sunglasses: Knoxville – Matte Black
*Joggers not your style? Go with the Montauk Trouser. Both are lightweight and ideal even on those 80-degree days
Forecast: Chilly Wind & Rainy
Bottoms: State Apparel Competition Pant – Pacific
Polo: Greyson Choctaw Polo – Abyss
Layering: Greyson Comanche Hybrid Vest – Light Grey Heather
Jacket: Galvin Green Alonzo (waterproof)
Hat: Jones Birdie Snapback – Navy
Shoes: G/FORE Disruptor – Snow
Sunglasses: Knoxville XL Sport with Rose Pro lens
+ Your favorite golf umbrella