News 12 at 6 o'clock; April 9, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- People looking to take a break from all the action at Augusta National can enjoy more of the Masters experience at a hospitality house.
It's one big party. There are a lot of meals to be cooked and that's just the beginning. We previewed a hospitality house last week and wanted to see if their claim to have everything is really true.
Last Friday, it was all prep work. This Wednesday, Lauren Swanstrom and her team from VIP Sports Marketing are working around the clock to make sure patrons like Greg Newbold enjoy the ultimate Masters experience.
"So far, so good," Greg says. "It's a great experience. Get the day started either with good food, good friends and good company. Great location."
About 350 people walked through on Wednesday. It's the first time VIP used the house they are in now and it won't be the last. It's all apart of the Masters experience.
"Go and enjoy golf during the day and come back, enjoy the VIP afterwards," says Greg.
You can't enjoy the experience without the food. Robert Williams is lighting the fire for his 20th Masters.
"We're in full production come Thursday. We can't wait for it to happen. We look forward to this every year," says Robert.
You can't have food without the bar.
News 12 saying, "You have a pretty important job!"
Elizabeth the Bartender saying, "Oh yeah! Oh yeah! You could say that."
The most popular drink so far this year is the Bloody Mary.
A lot of work to make sure the experience is just like a perfect drive down the first fairway.
"So far, everything is going smoothly. Not to jinx anything. No problems yet," says Operations Manager Lauren Swanstrom.
Jack Stow, a patron, doesn't see a problem with the new location. It's just a few steps from Gate 9 at the National.
"Much closer to getting in the tournament too. Last year, just trying to get into Gate 1 and out was tough. This is a much easier operation," says Jack.
Lots of holes-in-one at this event. But, any bunkers so far?
"The food they are doing in the beginning of the week is a minimal thing as far as breakfast is concerned," says Jack.
"Maybe a little bit more food," says Greg.
They're in luck. That food is about to get a whole lot more intense starting with the first round of play on Thursday.