While flying to and from Singapore this week (see this post as to why), I wanted to write some comments about the Masters Tournament and the course, Augusta National Golf Club. I wanted to make it fun and challenging, so I decided to try and describe the course hole by hole, but with only one sentence per hole. Having walked the course many times these are my single sentence takes on each hole below:
Hole #1 – Par-4 445 Yards
The first green is an upside down soup bowl which would give fits to any player with a weak short game.
Hole #2 – Par-5 575 Yards
The green looks like a sliver from the fairway.
Hole #3 – Par-4 350 Yards
Though this hole could be drivable from the tee, a full swing from 100+ yards could be easier than a long pitch or chip.
Hole #4 – Par-3 240 Yards
From the Masters tees this long downhill par-3 is frightening.
Hole #5 – Par-4 455 Yards
The 5th green reminds me of the 2nd green at the old course, which may have a Volkswagen Beetle buried under it.
Hole #6 – Par-3 180 Yards
Huge elevation drop results in massive air time on this par-3.
Hole #7 – Par-4 450 Yards
Craziest green complex on the whole course on a steep slope with lots of bunkers.
Hole #8 – Par-5 570 Yards
This reverse-S shaped hole is like two separate worlds between tee and approach.
Hole #9 – Par-4 460 Yards
If you like hitting shots onto a table which is tilted 45 degrees from back to front you will love #9.
Hole #10 – Par-4 495 Yards
TV can’t translate how big this hole is or how dramatic the elevation drop from tee to green is.
Hole #11 – Par-4 505 Yards
The tee shot and approach are the two most challenging consecutive shots at Augusta
Hole #12 – Par-3 155 Yards
Simply the most beautiful par-3 in golf, both aesthetically and architecturally.
Hole #13 – Par-5 510 Yards
The most famous risk/reward hole on the course, until you get to the 15th.
Hole #14 – Par-4 440 Yards
If a hole at Augusta National could be called boring, this would be it.
Hole #15 – Par-5 530 Yards
Anything other than a perfect approach yardage and execution is penalized harshly.
Hole #16 – Par-3 170 Yards
The amphitheater surrounding the 16th (also 17 tee, 6th green, 15th green) is, to coin the phrase, like no other.
Hole #17 – Par-4 440 Yards
The green is very exposed and has many places a player should avoid hitting to, which will result in the ball rolling away.
Hole #18 – Par-4 465 Yards
Every aspect of one’s game, from driving to approach to short game, is fully tested on the finishing hole.