Masters Testimonials


Masters 2023


"As a Golf Professional, it has always been my dream to attend The Masters and walk the hallowed turf of Augusta National Golf Club. Following a personal recommendation, I was introduced to Steven Bottomley at Inside The Masters to discuss what can only be described as the golfing trip of a lifetime.  Steven organised a fantastic trip from start to finish, which included playing golf at numerous iconic venues, experiencing top class restaurants, meeting golfing legends and experiencing several days at The Masters. The trip was incredible and for anyone who is thinking about attending The Masters, simply look no further than Steven as he will tailor an amazing experience to your specific requirements.  I can’t recommend him highly enough."


Andrew Hancox

PGA Professional



"There a few experiences in life that live up to expectations!  Our trip to the 2023 Masters far exceeded them!  Inside the Masters truly delivered on a bucket list VIP experience.  Top notch accommodations, world class golf for our group, exceptional dining and of course The Masters.  From Amen Corner to pimento cheese sandwiches, Botts made sure we got the full measure of August National! High marks across the board!"


Michael Boches, Lee Watson and William Kein

Geoscape Solar

New Jersey, USA

"Botts made for an incredible experience on my second trip to the Masters. He coordinated lodging, found excellent golfing opportunities, set up luxury VIP tent experiences and brought along his charm and wit at every turn, making our experience exciting and fulfilling. His energy and enthusiasm permeated through every facet of our Masters experience and everything went flawlessly. I can’t recommend Botts and “Inside the Masters” enough for a Masters experience. I can’t wait to go back and do it all over again with Botts and his crew."


Grant Meeker, MD

Oregon, USA



"Attending the Masters at Augusta National is on every golfers dream bucket list. And when we had a chance meeting with Steve Bottomley in St. Andrews in 2022, our dream quickly became a"As first-timers at The Masters we could not have chosen a better tour operator. Steve arranged car hire, accommodation and social entertainment which was perfect for our requirements. Steve, who I have known for over 40Yrs guides you expertly through course geography, merchandising sites and photo opportunities. Everything we were promised was delivered, customer service was top class. If you are thinking of taking a trip of a lifetime I would not hesitate to recommend Inside the Masters."


Rob & Andrew Cockroft

Shipley Golf Club

Past Captain



"Attending the Masters at Augusta National is on every golfers dream bucket list. And when we had a chance meeting with Steve Bottomley in St. Andrews in 2022, our dream quickly became a reality.  Steve created a very personal and unique experience for our trip including excellent accommodations, insider tips for parking, course management and dining in Augusta. He made himself available for all questions in the months leading up to the trip and throughout our stay. And best of all, we now consider Steve a dear friend.


We had a truly amazing Masters experience and hope to do it again – but only with Steve and Inside the Masters."


Amy & Steve Dobos

President, Butler Weldments

Texas USA



"A smooth process in England, clearly setting out the itinerary and what we could expect once we arrived for the Masters!  There is nothing like a long flight, a four hour wait for the connecting flight, to then be met at Columbia airport by an explosion of enthusiasm that is “The Botts” to bring you back round!  Transported to the hotel and collected again by Steve in the morning and driven to Augusta, where he even walked us to the course.  Collected at the end of the day – you are getting the picture now, right? And he even provided chilled beer for the journey back to the hotel!  Everything Steve said he would do, he did – and then some. We definitely recommend that you arrange your Augusta trip with Steve.  Oh yeah – one more thing, if you ask him (and you may want to) to recommend a restaurant, he has a list.  Probably best not to veer away from said list, as we did, long story, but he knows what he is talking about!"


Stuart and Tracey Nice



"I went to the Masters with 2 of my sons and we had a fantastic time and Steve and his team were a real fun team to be about and really made the experience fantastic and my sons still talk about it 2 years on, the whole experience was great...:).... and I think my family showed Steve how to watch 3 holes consecutively with chairs and now I sell chairs for a living !!!! .


Steve likes to enjoy himself and that rubs off but he knows when to be serious and when to be a laugh and on a trip like this their are always a few surprises but Steve dealt with them all but he couldn’t help Mcllroy win on the last day and I am not sure how Steve plays now but he may well have done better, as he reminded us he still holds the Barnham Broom course record after we mentioned we holiday there from time to time...!!


I have and will have no hesitation in recommending Botts (As he likes to be known) from Inside The Masters to make your dreams come true, just let them organise everything but go to the event wanting a good time, good meals, good company and lots of laughs and Botts and Derrick entered into the spirit of our trip as did all of Steve’s team who were great guys and were there to help whilst at the same time make the trip fun.


I keep in touch with Steve and am now waiting for one of my sons to take me and hopefully that won’t be too long !!!."


Karl, George & Charlie Hick



"Steve put together a well organised package tailored to our requirements. Going to The Masters was a once in a lifetime trip for us, so very important to have confidence that your operator can deliver, Steve did and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to any keen golfer that would like a bespoke personal trip to the Masters."


Gary Brown - PGA Professional at Ganton Golf club

Dave Walker & Howard Mayne



"Me and my mate went to the Masters this year with Inside the Masters. The trip was brilliant and the support of Steve and Derrick was tremendous throughout. We had a house 20 minutes from Augusta National and close to all the excitement.

We had everything sorted for us and could focus on enjoying the action on and off the course with regular contact with Steve for any advice. Once in a Lifetime and not to be missed. Highly recommend ITM”.


Mark Seekins & Steve Hollis



"My father wanted to do something special for his 70th birthday and attending the Masters was on his bucket list. A friend recommended Steven at Inside the Masters as he had attended the Masters in 2018, which was organised by Steven. We had a couple of quotes from the biggest names in this space and Steven beat all of those hands down, he arranged the flights, hotel, golf and 2 tickets for two days at Augusta (Tuesday practice round and Friday ‘cut day’). Steven met us in Augusta personally to hand over the tickets, he was both friendly and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending Steven & Inside the Masters, and I am sure will use him again in the future”.


Peter & Lee Chapman

Masters 2019


"Many thanks Steve for organising our “golf trip of a lifetime” at Augusta. The transport arrangements for the 8 of us to play golf at various courses was excellent as was the arrangements for the Masters practise round and the final day. This was all improved when you managed to arrange for “Masters Seats” behind the 18th green on the final day. It truly was a memorable trip for all of us and I would have no hesitation in recommending Inside The Masters to my golfing friends that wish to attend The Masters."


Managing Director

J M Glendinning Financial Services Ltd



"My friends and I have been to the Masters twice with Inside the Masters. In any situation where you are reliant on others to obtain tickets for you, particularly when you don’t know them, trust is the key element. The biggest compliment I can give Steve Bottomley of Inside the Masters is that you can trust him, he will get you there.


Of different importance but still very relevant is the fact that you make a friend. I don’t think anyone who goes on the trips will ever forget Steve. He makes a big impression, as does his colleague Derrick. This year we had some great fun.

Part of this year’s package included Haig Point. It is a member’s course on a private island across from Harbour Town. It is one of the best courses I have ever played and the Par 3 holes are excellent. It is also unique."


Frank Haynes



“From the moment we landed at the airport, Steven and all his team had one simple goal which was to ensure we experienced a fun and enjoyable holiday.  They never stopped short of doing anything possible to make this a reality.  The choice of accommodation suited us to a tee and the courses chosen for us to play were exceptional.  Our Masters experience was fantastic.  We had a good insight from our hosts into how best to organise our days and all the arrangements for access to the course went smoothly.  We were even challenged to find a rogue weed on the infamous fairways with a guarantee of a full refund if we did.  Sadly, we failed….!  These guys know their way around The Masters and the golf world in general.  It was our pleasure to be in their company and we hope they enjoyed ours too for the simple reason we’re booking up for next year!"


Rick and Liz Holroyd



"It's often the case with something you have wanted to do for years that there is at some stage a sense of anti-climax as your dream becomes reality.  With this in the back of my mind I was determined to enjoy every minute. I needn't have worried as the trip and everything about it was amazing. We were looked after from start to finish by Steve and his colleague Derrick. The week before the main event included three rounds of golf including the fabulous Haigh Point, fantastic accommodation and great socialising at the Harbour Town Resort.


As for the Masters itself you really have to go to appreciate the course, the tradition and the golf itself. We watched the golf live on Saturday and Sunday which passed in a flash, the place was simply stunning. One of the many highlights was being fifteen feet behind Danny Willet when he putted out on the 18th on the last day. This was made possible through one of Steve’s contacts who placed our chairs out on the 18th before the gates opened. Steve’s knowledge of Augusta and the surrounding areas meant that we were able to make the absolute most of our time. My many memories of Augusta will stay with me forever thanks to being lucky enough to have gone with “Inside The Masters” and would have no problem in recommending them to anyone who likes that personal touch.


The Masters a must trip for any golfing enthusiast."


Steve Burnhill
Northern Game Feeds



"I was introduced to Inside the Masters via a charity auction where I was lucky enough to meet Steven Bottomley who subsequently helped to tailor a bespoke package for a friend and me to visit the 2016 Masters.  This was done very efficiently taking account of our specific needs.  Steven kept in touch during the months leading up to the Masters so that when we arrived in South Carolina we knew exactly what to expect.  Steven offers a very personal service with lots of in depth advice as to how to get the most out of the days at the Masters.  Our two days at Augusta were absolutely superb and exceeded all our expectations.  We would have said this even if Danny Willett hadn’t have won it!  The course is incredible, the organisation of the event extremely efficient and the whole atmosphere is very special.  In short, a visit to the Masters should be on every golfer’s bucket list.  I would definitely recommend anyone interested in visiting the Masters to use Steven Bottomley (Botts) and Inside the Masters.  I very much hope that I will get another opportunity to do so soon."


Tim Jones
Chairman of CH&Co



"The US Masters is without doubt every golfers dream to attend, the atmosphere and setting is intoxicating as anybody who has been will confirm. I have been fortunate to attend on multiple occasions taking my wife and children also. The quality of the event as one of the best in the world, what is complicated is the logistics of the arrangements, getting the right hotel location, eating at the right restaurants, knowing where to go if you have a day off sightseeing, car parking, travel to the course on the day and most importantly certainty of tickets (this is a whole different story and it is a wild world out there as I have unfortunately found out previously), you have to go through an authenticated source.


If you are considering a trip to The Masters or think it's not possible I couldn't recommend further than speak to Botts and let him take care of the arrangements for you, it's the way to go unless you want to attempt to manage it yourself and that really is 'hit and miss' unless you know exactly what you are doing. But be warned, there is one big problem with visiting The Masters, once you have been you will want to go every year!!"


Andrew Thirkill
Chairman of Age Partnership



“The Masters in Augusta has been on my ‘Bucket List’ for years. I contacted Inside The Masters and they made it possible down to the finest detail, on what can only be described as a trip of a lifetime.”


Richard Hurst
Managing Director, Zamtech



“Their knowledge about the event was very interesting. We will definitely use their services again as they took away all the hassle from our very special ‘once in a lifetime trip’.”


Christian Benigni
Founding Partner, First Avenue Partners LLP (London)



“An all-round phenomenal experience. Everything from accommodation and transport to restaurant bookings was all taken care of for us.”


Roger Brandts, CEO Fynch-Hatton
President Golf Club Schloss Myllendonk, Germany



“Just a short note to let you know how much Gail and I enjoyed our two days at The Masters Golf in Augusta 2015.Your organising of the Hotel and the chauffeur service to and from the venue took all the stress out of the Event. The experience was made all the better with your input and humour.  We would certainly recommend you and your company”


Mr. & Mrs. Mansfield



"Four of us had the pleasure of attending the Masters in 2015. Having been let down in 2014 by a competitor company we booked a bespoke trip with “Inside The Masters” and we were not disappointed. From restaurant reservations, golf arrangements on our free days to the essential supply of tickets and transport to and from Augusta, Botts dealt with everything and all arrangements went without a hitch.


If you are considering going to the Masters, a must for all golf enthusiasts, I would urge you to contact “Inside the Masters” who will I am sure ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime like we did!!!"


David Jay
Managing Director, Smeaton Developments Ltd

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