There are many unique elements of the Masters golf tournament which make it one of the world’s greatest events in sports – either as a participant or an attending patron. When you think about the Masters, you expect to see coverage by CBS, the Par 3 Contest being played on the day before the tournament’s first round, those in attendance enjoying pimento cheese sandwiches on-site, and loud roars emanating from Amen Corner. This year, the only constant will be coverage by CBS, as spectators, er, patrons, will not be permitted on the premises due to COVID-19 concerns.

Just because patrons are not being admitted to the Masters doesn’t mean that Masters enthusiasts should stay away from Augusta. It’s quite the opposite. Thankfully, another Masters tradition which will be returning this year is the customer experience for hotel guests staying at The Partridge Inn, widely regarded as the grand dame of Augusta’s hotels.

For decades, the Partridge Inn has established itself as the premier overnight accommodation destination for people who make the trek to Augusta for Masters Week, which is being held in November for the first time in Masters history. Beginning on Thursday, November 12, the day of the opening round, the Partridge Inn is reinventing itself for Masters Week by hosting socially distant gatherings and serving first-class four-course dinners for its guests who want the Masters experience without stepping foot on the grounds of the nearby Augusta National Golf Club. The Partridge Inn will also be hosting secluded gatherings downstairs in the Cigar Bar. At the Cigar Bar, guests will enjoy hand-rolled cigars and delicious signature cocktails while watching the tournament on large-screen televisions. Capacity at the Cigar Bar will be limited in adherence to social distancing guidelines.

Throughout the hotel, private, socially distanced lounge areas will be available for those who wish to watch the Masters from the Partridge Inn. A lineup of local musicians will also entertain all guests with live music each night, which will create an energetic atmosphere.
When it comes to the sleeping experience at the Partridge Inn, the hotel also has a select number of deluxe rooms available for those who want a true first-class experience during their visit to Augusta in November.

When you pack your bags for your visit to the Partridge Inn during Masters Week, please bring your golf clubs. Guests at The Partridge Inn will also have a unique opportunity to play the Champions Retreat Golf Club, a private 27-hole golf facility, located not far from Augusta National. Champions Retreat is offering a $300 golf package to guests of the hotel, which includes a tee time, breakfast and lunch at the clubhouse restaurant, plus a $50 credit in its pro shop.

When it comes time to enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Partridge Inn, Executive Chef Thomas Jacobs will be preparing a rotating menu of delightful and delectable dishes.

One of the many items served to guests at the Partridge Inn every year is pimento cheese. Here’s the recipe that’s being used by Jacobs:

1 pound of cream cheese, softened; 2 cups of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese; 8 ounces of pimentos, well drained; 6 green onions, chopped; 4 tablespoons of finely chopped seeded jalapeño peppers; and add salt & pepper, to taste. That will provide 16 servings.

Each night, guests will enjoy a specially curated four-course dinner. Guests can also enjoy a formal, upgraded dining experience by reserving a premium table in the dining room, where the hotel’s award-winning chefs will prepare a diverse menu of delicacies tableside. As you would expect during Masters Week, bar service will be available all day. In order to be COVID-19 compliant, all dining experiences and venues at the Partridge Inn will adhere to social distancing guidelines.

It’s worth noting that the Partridge Inn has been operating as a hotel since 1910. In 1923, this property hosted a Presidential Banquet for President Warren G. Harding. Over the years, the Partridge has hosted musicians such as Bob Dylan, James Brown, Crystal Gayle and Reba McIntyre. During Masters Week, Hollywood celebrity Ryan Seacrest and baseball legend Alex Rodriguez have stayed at the Partridge Inn. The golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has stayed at the Partridge. And, two-time Masters champion Tom Watson has also been on site in the past to help film promotional materials.

For more information on the Partridge Inn experience during Masters Week, you can visit or contact sales manager Madalyn Neal via email at or by phone at 762-994-0318. You can follow the Partridge Inn on Facebook at and on Instagram at @ThePartridgeInn.


About Author

Mike May is a freelance golf writer based in Wellington, Florida. Mike, an avid golfer, is also a member of the Golf Writers Association of America. He traces his roots as a golf writer to the 1983 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale -- which he attended for all four days -- and then voluntarily wrote his own account of that major championship event. In addition to being a golf writer, Mike coaches girls high school basketball, officiates high school soccer, and works with a cause (PHIT America) that is focused on bringing daily P.E. back to all U.S. schools. Mike is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a degree in broadcasting. Mike can be reached on email at:

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