Augusta National: Home Of The Masters

Published: Jan 24, 2014 21:34pm EST
By JLangley4, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:41pm EST


Augusta National is one of the most beautiful and majestic courses in all of golf, and holds a rich history with the top golfers in all of the world competing there on a yearly basis.

The Masters tournament is known to many as the big one. This tournament is where one can make a name for themselves or break a career in a four day period. Tiger Woods took the world by storm when he won his first Masters title in 1997, his second year on tour, and the rest is history after that.

Here, we will take a look at the course, hole-by-hole, marking on a scale of 1-10 the difficulty of that hole in comparison to the rest.

Hole 1:  Par 4; 407 yards  "Tea Olive"

The opening hoed at Augusta National is a slight dogleg right that has a fairway bunker hanging on the right side of the fairway. An accurate tee-shot is critical because if a golfer hits that bunker they can say goodbye to a birdie opportunity. The landing zone is about 250-270 yards up the fairway, so the golfer generally takes a 3-wood out of the bag. If a golfer did want to carry the bunker it would require a drive of 300 yards, meaning a driver is necessary, which presents a lot of risk.

While this is a hole that can be birdied, it still presents a stiff challenge and par is a good score.

Birdie chance: 5

Hole 2: Par 5; 526 yards "Pink Dogwood"

This hole is a big dogleg left and mostly downhill, making it reasonable to go at the green in two. There is a fairly large fairway bunker to the right, but that isn't a big problem for most golfers as a 300 yard drive carries the bunker. Past the bunker is downhill into the green, but the green is protected by two bunkers and depending on the hole location, it makes it tough to get to the pin in two.

It is hard to think of players not getting at least a birdie on this hole, but one wrong strike and the hole is made tough.

Eagle Chance: 3

Birdie Chance: 8

Hole 3: Par 4; 320 yards  "Flowering Peach"

A very short par 4 that is much more challenging than it appears. A player could go long and swing a fairway wood, or even a driver, but with the mounds and four fairway bunkers to the left players usually elect to lay-back with an iron off the tee. The green slants from right-to-left, so approach shots can be tough to land close.

Players can birdie this hole, but it isn't easy.

Birdie Chance: 4

Hole 4: Par 3; 187 yards "Flowering Crab Apple"

A tough par 3 that is difficult to score on. Fairly large green that slopes from the back to the front. The tee is elevated from the green, and a big bunker sits in front of the green, with another bunker hanging to the left of it.

It would be tough to say it is impossible to score here, but it is really tough, and most players will be happy with a par here.

Birdie Chance: 2

Hole 5: Par 4; 416 yards  "Magnolia"

Deep fairway bunkers on the left side of the fairway, that if a player gets stuck in they will be playing a blind shot towards the green. The green slopes towards the front with a green-side bunker in the back. A very tough scoring hole, but no hole is easy here.

Birdie Chance: 4

Hole 6: Par 3; 165 yards  "Juniper"

On this par 3, a bunker sits in front of the green but it doesn't really come into play until the pin is towards the front left of the green. Three tiered green with hole locations at the top of the green being tough to reach. Overall, this is a scoring hole for some.

Birdie Chance: 6

Hole 7: Par 4; 411 yards  "Pampas"

This is a fairly straight-forward hole, but does present a challenge. The green is surrounded by bunkers making it tough to get close to the pin at times. The ideal drive is to the left side of the fairway, setting up a shot that avoids trees to the right on the approach. The key to this hole, as it is with every hole, is to not miss the fairway.

Birdie Chance: 6

Hole 8: Par 5; 521 yards  "Yellow Jasmine"

The fairway here contains bunkers on the right side, which plays to a disadvantage to the players because the green location calls for a shot to the right side, making a play for the green in two tough but still doable. The second shot is uphill towards a green that is surrounded by mounds. With that being said, Tiger Woods showed in 2011 that these mounds can be used as an advantage, but most of the time, they are a disadvantage. Birdie should be made on this hole, with an outside chance at an eagle.

Eagle Chance: 3

Birdie Chance: 9

Hole 9: Par 4; 421 yards  "Carolina Cherry"

Downhill drive through a chute of trees that makes the players hit a straight drive. The key to the hole is aiming down the right side to set up a shot into a green with deep bunkers to the left of the green. On the approach the player has to try to not spin the ball too much, as it will run off the green with ease, given the slope.

A fairly tough hole that doesn't allow much scoring.

Birdie Chance: 3

Hole 10: Par 4; 453 yards  "Camellia"

This is a downhill tee-shot with a big bunker far down the fairway, one in which players really don't need to think about off the drive. There is a bunker to the right of the green, one the players need to avoid. If the players find themselves in the bunker, a bogey is not out of the question. This hole has played as the most difficult hole at the Masters.

Birdie Chance: 2

Amen Corner

Hole 11: Par 4; 462 yards  "White Dogwood"

This hole begins Amen Corner, one of the most notable stretches in golf. This hole is a big challenge for players, with a chute off the tee between trees on both sides. It is a downhill shot to the green on the approach, but a pond to the left of the green and mounds in the front present a challenge. The bunker on the back right of the green comes into play when the pin is tucked towards the back. If a player gets a birdie here, consider it a bonus. Most players come into this hole looking for a par.

Birdie Chance: 2

Hole 12: Par 3; 142 yards  "Golden Bell"

A fairly short par 3 that plays over Rae's creek. The wind is the biggest factor on this hole, as it swirls down there and can move the ball in the air. Club selection is tough, but most take a 9-iron to help combat the wind. Birdies do not come easy and bogies are certainly in play.

Birdie Chance: 4

Hole 13: Par 5; 466 yards  "Azalea"

The yardage on this hole can be deceiving, but the green is certainly reachable in two. A fairway wood is taken off the tee and put into the dogleg left to set up a shot into a green that slopes significantly. Rae's creek borders the front and right side of the green. If a player chooses not to go at the green, the bail-out is to the right.

Eagle Chance: 5

Birdie Chance: 9

Hole 14: Par 4; 402 yards  "Chinese Fir"

This is the only hole on the course that does not have a bunker. It is fairly straight but the green presents challenges. The green has contours that feed the ball to the right, making it tough to get the ball close.

Birdie Chance: 5

Hole 15: Par 5; 485 yards  "Fire Thorn"

It is crucial to be straight off the tee with the trees on the left and right. With a good drive this green is reachable in two, but the green is protected by a pond in the front and a bunker to the right. Birdies should be there for the taking, and eagles are in play.

Eagle Chance: 5

Birdie Chance: 9

Hole 16: Par 3; 155 yards  "Redbud"

This par 3 has been the home of many memorable shots over the years, most notably Woods' chip-in in 2005. The hole is played over water, so coming up short can really cost a player. Bunkers are in the front, left, and back right of the green, and the left bunker is a tough play to a pin on the low-side. The green slopes toward the left-side bunker significantly, making precise shots crucial for scoring.

Birdie Chance: 4

Hole 17: Par 4; 402 yards  "Nandina"

The tree to the left side of the fairway is about 210 yards from the tee, which makes an accurate tee-shot a requirement. Bunkers on the front and front-left of the green make the approach shot tough. This hole usually plays tough, and birdies are not a commonality.

Birdie Chance: 3

Hole 18: Par 4; 425 yards  "Holly"

The closing hole at Augusta has provided picture-perfect moments in the history of golf. The hole is a dogleg right with two bunkers to the left elbow of the dogleg. With the chute of trees the tee-shot is the most important part of this hole. Missing right will result in a bogey most of the time, unless luck strikes you. A big bunker in front of the green and a bunker to the right protect the green, with the green sloping from the back to the middle. Birdie isn't likely, but it is not uncommon.

Birdie Chance: 5

With all of this being said, the plan of attack for this course seems fairly simple. Attack the par-5's and play the rest at par or better and the victory could be yours. As it has been said by many golfers, this course can be easy to score on, but in the blink of an eye, it can turn against you. Just ask Rory McIlroy about that. He had the green jacket all wrapped up heading into Sunday, and it all slipped away on the 10th tee. He went from a huge lead at 12-under to finishing 4-under.


Winning Score: -12

Winner: Tiger Woods

It seems easy to pick Tiger to win, but his game is beginning to really come together and this year seems like the year he will finally win a major. This is his best chance to do it, along with the PGA Championship at Valhalla in August. If Tiger brings his all-around game, he will be tough to bet against come April.





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