Golf Channel experts talk about their dream rounds at Augusta National

It may be the single greatest perk of being a golf writer: the Monday after the Masters media lottery at Augusta National.

Every media member credentialed to cover the Masters has this lottery on the brain from the second they come down Magnolia Lane to cover the event. And when their name is selected for the Monday round, complete with caddies and Sunday pin positions, it's pure bliss.

Much of Golf Channel's staff has had the chance to play golf's holy grounds the day after the Masters. As you might expect, their comments and star ratings of the course are all superlative.

Morning Drive anchor Gary Williams had an even better hookup: the chance to stay-and-play on golf's holy grounds.

"I was fortunate to stay in the Butler Cabin and get the full treatment from our host," wrote Williams. "Champions locker room, Crows Nest, Wine Cellar, etc. You're so overcome with an overload of golf nostalgia that sleeping is a difficult exercise." Staff Writer Ryan Lavner wrote that it's one thing to see Augusta's hills in person, but quite another to actually traverse them during your own round.
"I knew to expect a walk that was hillier than what appeared on TV," wrote Lavner. "But, trust me, it's even more taxing when you go all 18. It's a hike.

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Jay Coffin, Editor at, also selected in the media lottery in 2008, had similar sleeping problems as Williams the night before knowing he'd be teeing it up on Augusta. The lefty slicer's round began with a dreaded straight ball right into the trees on the 10th hole.

"I played a usual mediocre round," wrote Coffin. "But my caddie Steve was an absolute joy. He saved me at least 10 shots that day, and we're still in contact now, 6 years later."

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Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Golf Channel experts talk about their dream rounds at Augusta National