Top Five Holes at Augusta National Golf Club
The Masters Tournament is held at one of top three golf courses in the world, a course that is often ranked #1 or #2 in the USA, Augusta National Golf Club. Today we are looking at the top five holes at Augusta and the Masters Tournament. Opinions will likely vary on what the top five holes at Augusta are. No doubt individuals have their own opinion on the topic. Comment your top five in below.
10th Hole - Par-4, 495 Yards - Camellia
"Camellia" is the name of the 10th hole at Augusta National and the Masters Tournament. The 10th is a dogleg left par-4 which measures at 495 yards. The downhill nature of the hole makes it play shorter than the actual yardage, yet it is still a very difficult challenge.
The 10th is the site of several playoff victories in the Masters, most recently that of 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson. Watson executed an incredible 2nd shot from the right trees on the 2nd playoff hole in the 2012 Masters, which sealed the victory.
18th Hole - Par-4, 455 Yards - Holly
"Holly" is the name of the finishing hole at the Masters. Hard not to list this hole in the top five because of all the historic finishes and championships won here, from Arnold Palmer's to Phil Mickelson's.
18 is a dogleg right which plays to a large elevation change uphill. The tee shot is narrow with the best shot shape carving left to right to cut off some distance and take the left fairway bunkers out of play.
The green has a large tier dissecting it, making two-putting very difficult for approaches which do not find the proper level.
15th Hole - Par-5, 530 Yards - Firethorn
The 15th hole is a risk-reward par-5 hole called "Firethorn." Firethorn is fairly straight without much of a dogleg. From the tee is a slight uphill shot to the crest of a hill. From the crest to the green is a drop in elevation change.
Though the hole is fairly short by modern standards for a par-5, the water guarding the green makes reaching the green in two shots difficult. Shots which are too short find the water and shots which go long present a very difficult up-and-down with the putting surface running away from the player.
The most historic shot played on 15 is the "shot heard 'round the world" by Gene Sarazen, who holed his 2nd shot for a double eagle in 1935, en route to victory.
13th Hole - Par-5, 510 Yards - Azalea
13 is named "Azalea" for the beautiful azalea flowers which line the tee, left side of the fairway, and the back of the green. Azalea is a very reachable par-5 provided that the player's tee shot is able to curve around the dogleg left. Approach shots must clear a tributary to Rae's Creek to reach the green.
13 is the site of many historic shots and crucial moments in the Masters tournament. Most recently Phil Mickelson's 6-iron from the pine straw right of the fairway. Mickelson's 6-iron reached the green where he would two-putt for birdie en route to his victory in 2010.
12th Hole - Par-3, 155 Yards - Golden Bell
"Golden Bell" has changed little since Augusta National opened in 1931. This beautiful, 155 yard par-3 proves to be a pivotal hole year after year in the Masters. Masters champions can almost always look back at a great play or break on the twelfth. Fred Couples comes to mind. His tee shot miraculously hung up on the bank in the final round of the 1992 Masters. Had his ball rolled into the water as 99% do when landing where his shot did, Couples would not have won his only major championship.
It is very difficult to write a top five holes list at a golf course which has so many more brilliant holes, from their beauty to the history of each one. Very tough to leave any holes off the list. What are your top five holes at Augusta?