Located on the Georgia-South Carolina border, Augusta springs to life every April as the host of the Masters Golf Tournament. The arrival of golf’s hottest stars, and their legions of fans, creates a spike in air traffic that your crew will need to plan for in advance. If you are a cabin crew member operating to Augusta for this famous golf tournament and didn’t secure your ticket before they sold out during 2013, you will want to look for alternative activities to keep busy while you are in town.
The Augusta area is served by four airports: Augusta Regional Airport (AGS), Daniel Field (DNL), Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK), and Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU). These airports have joined together to ensure the best possible experience for everyone flying to the golf tournament. In order to efficiently manage air traffic, they will have a reservation system available online from March 1, 2014 through April 14, 2014.
If you have some downtime while in Augusta, there are a number of ecological and historical activities you can enjoy. The Augusta Canal is one of only 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States. The canal provides the perfect backdrop for spending a day hiking, kayaking, and immersing yourself in local history. The Augusta Riverwalk is another peaceful setting, located on the Savannah River, with gorgeous Japanese Gardens. The Riverwalk is also home to the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre, where outdoor concerts are held.
History buffs can spend some time exploring the Augusta Museum of History, home to a variety of exhibits celebrating golf, the life of James Brown (an Augusta native), and notable events. When it comes to shopping, the Augusta Mall offers plenty of selection in terms of large retail chains. If you are looking for a more local shopping experience, Surrey Center and Artists Row both have several locally owned stores to visit. For dining out, Augusta has a variety of locally owned spots worth checking out, such as the French Market Grille, La Maison on Telfair, The Bee’s Knees Tapas, and the Frog Hollow Tavern.
Since the Masters is a week-long event, spanning from April 7 through April 13, chances are you will be staying overnight. Augusta is full of charming southern architecture, and one of the best ways to experience the history of the area is to stay in a bed and breakfast. The Rosemary Inn, Queen Anne Inn, and Lookaway Inn are all historical homes that have been converted into charming bed and breakfast inns. If you are going to be in town for the Masters, make sure to reserve your room well in advance due to limited availability and high demand.
The Masters, like any high-profile sporting tournament, is a high-traffic event that requires additional planning in order to provide a pleasant experience for both the passengers and crew. Utilizing the online reservation system and being prompt for your inbound and outbound flights will set the tone for a great mission. Let the excitement be about who will be donning the legendary Green Jacket and not about who will be frazzled with last-minute planning.
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