Campsites at Lake Thurmond are filling up as locals try to escape the traffic and chaos of the Masters. (WRDW-TV / March 22, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, March 22, 2012
THURMOND LAKE, S.C. -- Glenda Waller always greets guests with a big grin on her face. She loves her job as a park attendant and come time for The Masters, she's going to show off her pearly whites to tons of people.
"On Monday of Masters, we probably greet 150, 200 people," she said.
She and other workers there say Augusta National isn't the only destination in early April; the lake is, too.
"For The Masters week, we're about 95 percent full," Glenda said.
Workers say most people come for one of two reasons: They've either rented their house out or they want to get away from all the people.
"When you have as much traffic as we do in the CSRA during the golf tournament, you're going to be looking for a spot where you can get away from all the people and the traffic," said David Quebedeaux with the Army Corps of Engineers.
There's not much time left if you're one of the people who wants to get away from the crowds. There are only 100 campsites available, as of Thursday afternoon.
To make a reservation online, go to www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
"If you want those tent sites, you better hurry up and get them because they're going fast," Waller said.