Playing in the Masters as an amateur is one of the most memorable experiences an up-and-coming golfer can have. Playing in one of the most prestigious events in golf is something not many get to experience, and it’s even more special for a first timer. From driving down Magnolia Lane for to striking your first tee shot and walking the grounds riddled with history, there is nothing like playing in the Masters.
And while the experience of playing in the actual event is one to be remembered forever, one unique aspect of the week for the amateurs is getting to stay in the Crow’s Nest — a nook on the second floor of Augusta National’s clubhouse steeped in history. Though the accommodations are modest and the quarters are tight, few amateurs pass up the opportunity to stay in one of the most noteworthy portions of the property.
Chez Reavie got the chance to stay in the Crow’s Nest during his first Masters in 2002, and on this week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar, he shared what the experience was like.
“(It) was awesome,” Reavie said. “They bring you food and milkshakes and whatever you want all the time. It was heaven.”
With service like that, it’s easy to understand why amateurs enjoy their stay in the Crow’s Nest so much. But there are some downsides to the close quarters. The layout is an open concept, so there is little privacy. If you’re a light sleeper, the Crow’s Nest can be a difficult place to get some meaningful shuteye.
“They aren’t bedrooms,” Reavie said. “It’s literally one room and then they put some partitions up that don’t even go all the way to the ceiling. It’s almost like a dressing room type situation.”
But in spite of the downsides, the pros far outweigh the cons in one of the most famous rooms in golf. Staying in the Crow’s Nest allows you to be a part of history, and that’s something that’s hard to pass up.
“But then you walk in and the pictures are amazing and you just know it’s been there forever and you know who’s slept there and stayed there,” he said. “It’s awesome. I would never not stay in the Crow’s Nest if I was an amateur.
Check out the full episode below and Reavie discusses earning a PGA Tour card, advanced analytics and more.