When course is closed, festivities continue

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

April 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The course gets quiet when the sun goes down, but that's just the beginning of the fun during Masters Week in Augusta.

Tonight News 12 cruised Washington Road to find out what folks do during the evening.

After a full day at the golf course, thousands of fans go out to enjoy the nightlife. The golf course may be closed at night, but the rest of Washington Road is very much alive--and a lot of the restricted things you can't do at the course are fair game.

This is the time when a lot of the patrons really let their hair down, from concerts and live music to good food and beverage.

They walked from the golf course with smiles on their faces, in anticipation of the night ahead.

Instead of heading indoors, hundreds of patrons stayed outside, hitting the vendors and restaurants and continuing the festive activities well into the night.

"This is the party night, the last night of the practice round," said Tom Clark. "Tomorrow the tournament starts. You got to get serious. But we're blowing it out tonight."

"We're going to hop over here to the Windsor Club real quick and meet some folks and probably have some dinner and see where the night goes," said Amy Davis.

"Yeah, dinner and definitely drinks, and just a little putting contest going on, so going to try to get into that and see what's going on," Steve Goins said.

And there was plenty going on. There was at least an hour wait time for most restaurants, but the patrons didn't mind--it gave them an opportunity to mingle and network with old and new friends.

It even afforded some the chance to meet pro golfer John Daly, a man who enjoys a good game of golf and a good time. As he signed autographs, Daly told us he's had a blast so far and expects it to continue throughout the week.

"We've had some fun," he said. "The girls have been giving me lessons this week on the putting green."

Having fun and making new friends may be the main idea for some of the patrons, but for all of the businesses, it's making money.

A lot of businesses along Washington Road do close at midnight, but they open right back up in the morning for breakfast because of the profits. Some businesses report earning double this week, so they're taking advantage of the crowd.

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