Augusta National: Hole by Hole Breakdown

Other than St. Andrews, there is no more well-known golf course in the world than Augusta National, site of The Masters, which kicks off Thursday. With named holes and famous shots over the 84-year history of the tournament, it is as tied to professional golf as anything around.

Here is a hole-by-hole look at Augusta National heading into Thursday’s opening round.

No. 1 Tea Olive, Par 4, 445 yards – It’s a slight dogleg right that was adjusted 10 years ago with the fairway bunker adjusted, trees added to the left side and the tee moved back 15-20 yards.

No. 2 Pink Dogwood, Par 5, 575 yards – The big boys have a chance to reach the green in two and pursue a rare Augusta eagle, but bunkers in front of the green will gobble plenty of short shots. The fairway bunker was shifted to the right in 1999 and the tee box moved back 20 yards that same year.

No. 3 Flowering Peach, Par 4, 350 yards – Most players look to reach a soft peninsula on the fairway with a wood or an iron, any further risks a quartet of bunkers left of the fairway. Done right, it’s a quick two-shot trip to the green for a birdie chance.

No. 4 Flowering Crabapple, Par 3, 240 yards –  Despite its shortness, it’s the fourth-toughest hole historically, and was pushed back 30-35 yards in 2006. The flag is just beyond a rise with bunkers on either side of it.

No. 5 Magnolia, Par 4, 455 yards – Drives of 315 yards required to get around the dog leg left and past the two left-side bunkers. The green is the first of many with difficulties, large humps make a straight shot difficult.

No.6 Juniper, Par 3, 180 yards – Almost painfully short, but precision is still a must. If you miss short, watch your ball slide downhill, usually into the front-side bunker.

No. 7 Pampas, Par 4, 450 yards – Long straight shots will get you in position, but bring a shovel and pail for the end of things, as the green is surrounded by bunkers.

No. 8 Yellow Jasmine, Par 5, 570 yards – There are plenty of birdies to be had here by playing it safe, but the renegades will try to drive over the fairway bunkers in an attempt to reach the green in two. For those that due, the shot to the green is uphill, leaving them blind.

No. 9 Carolina Cherry, Par 4, 460 yards – Starts sloping up almost immediately, and the green is even worse; if your approach shot isn’t spot on, expect to see it rolling away.

No. 10 Camellia, Par 4, 495 yards – The fun of the front nine is over, and the historically toughest hole on the course starts the back nine. Average score: 4.31, which means there’s a bogey for every two pars. The layout would be great for sledding down, but trying to control a golf ball is a different matter.

No. 11 White Dogwood, Par 4, 505 yards – Amen Corner begins with the toughest hole on the course of late, with a small pond left of the green that has trapped far greater golfers than us.

No. 12 Golden Bell, Par 3, 155 yards – The danger here is invisible, consistently swirling winds. Raes Creek guards the front of the green, and azaleas patrol the back.

No. 13 Azalea, Par 5, 510 yards – The water hazard up front is just to mess with your mind, it’s the tributary creek bisecting the fairway from the green that will really hurt.

No. 14 Chinese Fir, Par 4, 440 yards – Rejoice, no bunkers! But of course the undulating madness of the green makes for plenty of problems.  Most call it the toughest green on the course.

No. 15 Fire Thorn, Par 5, 530 yards. You can reach the green in two if you’ve got the length, and that might be a better idea as laying up puts you near the water, two bunkers and a downhill shot.

No. 16 Red Bud, Par 3, 170 yards. Water, water, everywhere, you sure don’t want a drink! The water hazard is long and immediate, and a trio of bunkers make the green a true oasis.

No. 17 Nandina, Par 4, 440 yards. It seems straightforward, but that shot onto the green is a doozy -a bunker and a flat surface that can send your shot flying in any direction.

No. 18 Holly, Par 4, 465 yards. Up, up, up you go on the fairway, then even more so to get to the green. Bunkers await at the first and second landing points.


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