Cheap Masters Badges: This is the Year

If you've ever wanted to go to the Masters, this might be the year to get off the fence and go.  It's unlikely Masters badges will be as cheap as you can find them on the secondary market as they are right now.  The economy has kept some people away, and even though it's not a cheap ticket, compared to many years, it's a bargain.  Check out last-minute 2009 Masters tickets from eBay sellers.

Most golf fans dream of walking the historic rolling greens of Augusta National Golf Course and winding along Rae's Creek at Amen Corner to hear the whispers of golf's legendary past. With Masters badges for the tournament still available, dreams can come true -- at an unbeatable price.

In years past, the average market value of a full-day practice round ticket at the Masters was around $350 and a full-day competition tournament badge at about $975. This year, some websites have practice round tickets start at $170 and full-day badges at $478, almost half of the average entry cost.

With Tiger Woods returning to golf after his hiatus, along with major design changes to the course entrance and badge prices lower than ever, both fans that either have or haven't attended should make the last minute decision to head for Georgia this week.  It's definitely the one year when you won't need your entire year's vacation budget to go.

Here's the 2009 Masters week schedule--and don't let the fear of expensive food and drink get you down.  Many items at the Masters are under $5.

2009 Tournament Schedule & Current Prices

Monday, April 6: Practice Round from $170 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, April 7: Practice Round from $257 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, April 8: Practice Round from $377 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after Par 3 Contest.

Thursday, April 9: Competitive Round from $478 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.

Friday, April 10: Competitive Round from $525 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.

Saturday, April 11: Competitive Round from $478 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after play has ended.

Sunday, April 12: Final Competitive Round from $525 -- Gates open at 8:00am and close 30 minutes after presentation ceremony has ended.

Best Value: Masters Four Day Badge from $1,810 -- Grants entry into grounds for all four tournament days and is typically priced at $3,000.

With news of badges still available and at much lower prices than in years past, it's not too late to attend the 2009 Masters.