Augusta National Golf Club: A Course Overview
Augusta National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Augusta, Ga. Its famous course is home to The Masters, one of the four major championships in men's professional golf. Golf publications such as Golf Digest and Golfweek have named the course one of the best in the United States. Here is a closer look at this prestigious course.
What is considered par for the course?
For an 18-hole round, a score of 72 is considered par for the course, split evenly between the front nine and back nine holes. The course includes holes of various lengths that range from par 3s to par 5s. Specifically, there are four par 5 holes, 10 par 4s and four par 3s.
What is the length of the course?
Augusta National has a length of 7,435 yards. The length has gradually increased over time to match the extended hitting power of professional golfers. For the sake of comparison, the course was 600 yards shorter in 1940. The longest hole on the course is the par 5 second hole at 575 yards. The shortest hole is the 16th at 170 yards.
Are there names for each hole?
Augusta National names each of the holes of the course after a tree or shrub. This is to reflect the area's former incarnation as a plant nursery. Some of the names include "Tea Olive" (hole No. 1), "Pink Dogwood" (No. 2), "Magnolia" (No. 4), "Redbud" (No. 16) and "Holly" (No. 18).
What is "Amen Corner?"
"Amen Corner" is the nickname for parts of the 11th and 13th holes and all of the 12th hole. The nickname was coined by a sportswriter in the 1950s. The writer used that nickname because he wanted to describe the area of the course that had offered the most exciting golf during The Masters. These holes are generally where golfers start to make a big push for the lead during rounds.
Augusta National is home to one of the best golf courses in the United States. By remaining a private club that admits members by invitation only, it has retained a mystique that makes its course so special.