At roughly an hour’s drive from Augusta National Golf Club and with plenty of quality hotels and a variety of restaurants and nightlife, Columbia SC is a natural fit to be your home base when attending The Masters.

A little know-how is all it takes to maximize your planning to make Masters Week a hole in one.

Rest Up

It’s easy to check rates and availability through Experience Columbia SC’s website. Whether you are looking for a property with easy access to I-20 or an upscale boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, find them all here

Gear Up

Head over to Todd & Moore or Academy Sports and Outdoors for all your last minute attire needs or schedule a club-fitting session at Club Champion Columbia.

Keep Calm and Tee Off

Many of Columbia’s public and semi-private courses offer tee times for visitors looking to channel the moves of their favorite tour players. Several to try include: Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, Northwoods Golf Course, Cobblestone Park Golf Club, and Hidden Valley Golf Club.

Select private courses open their clubs to visitors during the tournament week as well. Columbia Country Club offers a non-member guest rate of $125 during Masters week, which includes cart fee, greens fee, range balls and tax. Call the pro shop at 803-754-8100 and ask for Chris. Country Club of Lexington is also available for outside play. Call  803-359-2515 and select the option for the Golf Shop.

Food & Drink

The Augusta National isn't the only one with famous pimento cheese. While you're in town take on the Pimento Cheese Passport and try dishes from a variety of chefs. These bites range from classic sandwiches to the more unique pizza or fried green tomatoes. 

Enjoy Henry's Grill and Bar happy hour deals to wind down after an exciting day ($3 pints after 7 pm Wednesday). Or for something fancier, treat yourself to a fine dining experience with views of the South Carolina capitol at Halls Chophouse. At Thirsty Fellow you’ll have no trouble finding a big screen to watch The Masters with a cold beer and your favorite flavored wings. Meanwhile, Cafe Strudel is ideal if you want to linger over brunch with Hangover Hashbrowns or Hawaiian French Toast. Grab a coffee and donut on the go to the tournament at Zombie Coffee and Donuts or Duck Donuts.

On the Town

Snag a ticket to join fellow golf enthusiasts and support junior golf at the Columbia Golf Ball, a fun and casual night of food, drinks and a top-notch silent auction on Thursday April 7. Even if you can’t make the event, check out online bidding for unique golf memorabilia.

Toast the good times by sampling from one of Columbia’s many local breweries including Savage Craft Ale Works, River Rat Brewery, Columbia Craft Brewing and more.

For live music try Tin Roof April 7th-10th ($10 cover on April 10th). Kick off the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball  season with back to back games April 8-10th. Perfect your swing while enjoying a great menu and full bar at Swing Suites at Main Course  or try your hand at bowling (upscale style) at The Grand on Main. Prepare to laugh out loud at Koger Center for the Arts on April 5th at David Feherty Live Off Tour comedy show. No matter how you plan to spend your time away from the course, we feel sure you’ll want to start a new tradition by making Columbia SC a part of tournament week year after year.