Free Masters parking cutting into pay-to-park profits

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 7, 2009

AUGUSTA---Augusta National added more than 4,000 free parking spaces near the course this year. What's good for patrons isn't so good for others.

Some folks running private lots say all those free spots have cut into their profits.

We found a group from the Blast youth baseball team working at the now-defunct Sonic Restaurant on Washington Road, just a short walk from the golf course.

They're trying to raise money to get to Gulf Shores, AL for the World Series, but so far things have been tough.

"Real slow. This is the 2nd day we've been doing this. Yesterday, we had 8 cars parking. We're hoping to see the sign that says the lots are full turn on quickly. That way, hopefully we'll get business in." said Mike Hill, a parent of one of the ball players.

The free parking on the national grounds is on a first come, first serve basis. Once it fills, you'll have to look for one of the many private parking lots nearby. Prices were running from $30 to $10 today.

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