Playing Augusta National

I have never played Augusta National and it’s item number one on my life’s bucket list.  Is it on yours?  I’ve often figured there are two ways to get on.  First, win a tour event and get an automatic invite to The Masters.  The road map for this DC-based wacko idea used to be shoot two rounds of 68 in pre-Kemper Open qualifying, then four straight 68s at Congressional Country Club to win the event.  Zero chance of that leads to method #2.

Play as the guest of a member.   This requires a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon type activity since I don’t know any members personally.  One time, I was one degree away back in the mid-1980s when I actually played a round of golf in Sea Island, GA with an Augusta member.  That’s as close as I’ve come other than getting a Larry Mize autograph.

Maybe Condi will invite me. from
Maybe Condi will invite me.

Have you ever thought of playing Augusta or actually played it?  I’ll bet some college players out there have had the opportunity.  How many degrees of separation are you from playing Augusta?  Will it ever happen?