By Brandon Gates
Posted: April 9, 2010 11:53 AM EST
Columbia's hotels are filling up as crowds are coming to enjoy the Masters Golf tournament.
It could be Tiger Woods' return to golf or the excitement of the game that is drawing these crowds. Hotel room rates have doubled, but despite the increase, people are still traveling.
Tony Sheard drove eighteen hours from Canada to go to the Masters and like many others, he chose to stay in Columbia.
"We wanted to get some golf in on the way in and on the way back…it was just convenient travel time from Augusta," Sheard said.
Hilton Hotel Manager Ben Blackwell says this tradition always brings business to Columbia Hotels.
"The Masters has always done well for us and we have actually sold out every night this week and through the weekend for the masters," said Blackwell.
Hotels are not the only business profiting from the Masters crowd. Many people are also heading to the golf courses to play a couple rounds.
Midlands courses like Oak Hills in Columbia have doubled their fees this week. Oak Hills Director Jeff Schaffer says it's the busiest time of year.
"Our business is probably, almost doubled," Schaffer said.