The Masters: Hole by Hole Part II
This is the second installment of our celebration of Masters week with an intimate look at the course at Augusta National, celebrating its history and tradition.
No. 7 – Pampas – Par-4, 450 Yards. The magnolia trees are on full display at the beginning of this hole, which was lengthened and narrowed in recent years. Best bring your pail and flip-flops as you approach the green – five bunkers surround the narrow swatch of green, making it sort of hard to see until you get right up close.
No. 8 – Yellow Jasmine – Par-5, 570 Yards. The second-longest hole on the course, with a bunker on the right side daring the longest of drivers to try and clear it – they’ll need to launch it 330 yards to do so, however. The green itself is around a slight bend to the left and the hole is near the front of it, with a tricky hill looming just left.
No. 9 – Carolina Cherry – Par 4, 460 Yards. The big wide bend at the start isn’t even the worst of this one, it’s that sloped, three-tiered green that makes for the most misery. It is on that green that Greg Norman’s 1996 final-round meltdown began, when he tried to fire at the pin instead of playing it safe and watched the ball roll back close to 100 feet, nearly stopping at his feet.
No. 10 – Camellia – Par 4, 495 Yards. Looks like a gorgeous walk on the lawn until you get around the dogleg left and realize exactly what’s in store for you: an amoeba-shaped bunker about 100 yards in front of the green, another to the right, and the hole itself resting on an undulating, unpredictable hill. Most spectators tend to stop at a random spot in the woods to gaze in admiration at the mark where Bubba Watson fired his second shot onto the green from 150 yards out en route to winning the 2012 title.
No. 11 – White Dogwood – Par 4, 505 Yards. Water hazard! After multiple ups and downs, we arrive at a green protected on the left by a tranquil pond that can rise up and bite the best golfers in the butt. Historically, it’s the second-most difficult hole on the course, with an average score of 4.29. Not surprisingly, the second shot is also the “official” beginning of Amen Corner
No. 12 – Golden Bell – Par 3, 155 Yards. The shortest hole on the course and the first to feature its signature architecture. Rae’s Creek slices the green away from the rest of the hole, and Hogan’s Bridge connects one to the other. So named in honor of Ben Hogan in 1958, five years after his course record 274. The bridge is stone and artificial turf, the green surrounded by three bunkers. Good luck.