Augusta National\u0027s Unwritten Rules\u000AThe do\u0027s and don\u0027ts for fans, players and announcers during Masters week\u000AWhat\u0027s wrong with an announcer at the Masters occasionally pushing the envelope? Ask Jack Whitaker, who in 1966 referred to the Masters galleries as a \u0022mob scene\u0022 and was removed from his Augusta National broadcasting duties; or Gary McCord (left), who suffered the same fate when in 1994 he said the greens were smoothed with \u0022bikini wax.\u0022 Colorful language is OK at the Masters, provided you\u0027re just talking about the azaleas.\u000AThey say attending the Masters can be a transformative experience. For example, you may think you\u0027re going as a \u0022fan\u0022, but you\u0027re actually going as a \u0022patron.\u0022 The difference is mostly semantic, but it\u0027s one the club is adamant about because it establishes a Masters attendee as a valued customer for the day.\u000AActually, Augusta National\u0027s rules are even stricter than that. Fans -- sorry, patrons -- aren\u0027t even allowed to lay down on the grounds\u0027 luscious grass. People who lean too far back, even on the hillside underneath the sixth tee box, are told to sit up straight. Kind of takes you back to your days in kindergarten. . .\u000AAugusta National doesn\u0027t allow tipping, which is good news for the member or guest light on cash that day. The rule stems from Augusta National co-founder Clifford Roberts\u0027 belief that a member shouldn\u0027t be given special treatment over another because of how much they tip. But according to Ron Sirak in his April 2003 Golf Digest story, \u0022What\u0027s it Like To Be A Member,\u0022 club employees aren\u0027t slighted. Sirak writes, \u0022No tipping is allowed, but (club co-founder Clifford) Roberts was known to intervene if a caddie was underpaid and always told guests to \u0027pay what you think he was worth,\u0027 which almost always ensured a healthy remuneration.\u0022\u000ASimilar to the no-laying-down rule, patrons who are spotted barefoot (here, Caroline Wozniacki gets away with it following Rory McIlroy in Dubai) are promptly instructed to put their shoes back on, even if they are sitting down. We\u0027re guessing Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones didn\u0027t own too many pairs of sandals.\u000ARickie Fowler found this out in 2011, when he was asked to turn his hat forward before conducting a pre-tournament press conference. Fowler was reportedly told to do the same thing later that year at Quail Hollow, so Augusta National isn\u0027t alone when it comes to this rule. At least the club allows people to chew gum. At least, we think that\u0027s the case. . .\u000AWhen the gates open for spectators each day at the Masters, there is a rush for patrons to plop their chairs down alongside popular spots like the 16th and 18th greens, first come, first served. The problem is Augusta National strictly forbids running, giving way to the best speedwalking display outside of the Olympic Games.\u000AWhile the PGA Tour has decided to permit these on the course in recent years, Augusta National has stood firm -- even when it comes to the media -- during the Masters. If you plan on attending as a fan, don\u0027t forget to leave your phone in the car or it will be a long walk back and another long wait in line before you can enter the course. Need to make an emergency call? Don\u0027t worry, Augusta National has the largest bank of payphones remaining in the country.\u000ADo you really, really want to be a member at Augusta National? Good, just don\u0027t tell anyone that. The club\u0027s membership is selected by invitation only, so don\u0027t bother looking for an application by the front desk. And if you want to be invited, it\u0027s best to keep that to yourself. Although he\u0027s an Augusta National member now, billionaire Bill Gates\u0027 invitation was reportedly withheld for several years specifically because he spoke freely about wanting to join the club.\u000AWant to pawn off your badge for a day and watch on TV? Better think twice. While there are companies that legally buy and sell tickets to the year\u0027s first major, trying to do it on your own outside of Augusta National\u0027s gates can lead to stiff penalties. Forty-one people were arrested in 2012 alone according to the Augusta Chronicle, with most being charged not for scalping, but for disorderly conduct. Yep, if there\u0027s a way for them to get you, they\u0027ll get you.\u000AIn the same vein as the fans/patrons rule, Augusta National is picky when it comes to describing the two halves of its famed course. Bobby Jones felt the terms \u0022front\u0022 and \u0022back\u0022 weren\u0027t accurate and he also felt using the word \u0022back\u0022 could lead to the phrase \u0022back side,\u0022 which sounds like someone is describing a rear end. No, we\u0027re not making this up. On the bright side, the course switched the order of the two nines after the inaugural Masters in 1934. Good call.\u000ARory McIlroy found this out the hard way in 2011, when a hooked tee shot on the 10th hole punctuated a Sunday collapse. Punching out from near where Charl Schwartzel would have a green jacket slipped on him later that day, McIlroy made a triple bogey on his way to a final-round 80. The next time he, or any other player, takes a trip to this Augusta National landmark, they\u0027ll want to do it in the presence of Jim Nantz, Billy Payne and that tournament\u0027s low amateur.\u000AIn this \u0022you snooze, you lose\u0022 culture, one might think a vacated chair around the 18th green is fair game. Not at Augusta National, where fans are known to rush in the early morning to plop their chairs down around the green, then not return to the course for several hours. What would happen if you just took one of those empty seats for yourself? You might be given a new seat altogether -- at home on your couch.