Security at Augusta National flows smoothly - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Security at Masters flows smoothly

Marc Weibel Marc Weibel

AUGUSTA, GA (WTOC/WFXG) - When you go to any major sporting event, dealing with security is pretty much inevitable.

This holds true at the Augusta National Golf Club as well. But this year, the club made some tweaks in their security process.

When patrons enter the gates to the Masters Golf Tournament, they can clearly see the rules - no phones, no cameras, no bags. A few other new rules also aim to keep patrons safe.

Security has always been tight at the club, but Augusta National Director of Communications Steve Ethan tells me the Boston Marathon bombing just one day after the 2013 Masters tournament was definitely an eye opener.

This year all vehicles are checked by K9 bomb sniffing dogs and all patrons have to go through magnetometers. Ethan said there are plenty of security measures being taken behind the scenes that are hardly noticeable to patrons.

We spoke with one patron who doesn't mind the extra hassle for peace of mind.

"I would say, 'what security,' because it was all very simple. We saw all the security, but for us, it was painless. It was seamless, and we got right in. If it's done right, there's no problem, and they do it right here," said attendee Marc Weibel.

Copyright 2014 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly