Augusta National course guide

Published 08/02/2011 09:40:31

Augusta is arguably the world's most famous and best golf course. Its uniqueness is characterised by the fact it has never been rated and its status as the only constant venue amongst the four majors, helping it to become instantly recognisable to most golf fans for its distinctive greens, bunkers and natural beauty.

The players are more concerned with the obstacles and imposing length the famous course contains. It has been lengthened to 7,435 yards, a controversial process that has been designed to foil the big drivers that dominate the modern game. These holes are the ones to look out for and those following the golf betting should remember this.

Of the four par fives the 15th, called Firethorn in the tradition of holes being named after the tree or shrub associated with it, is the most difficult. Ponds at the front and rear of the green make it hard to approach and it is often the scene of leader board movement - low scores are possible, as Gene Sarazen proved in 1935 by sinking a final round albatross two to ignite a dramatic late surge to that year's title.

Amen Corner - the second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th and the 13th tee shot - is the most famous feature at Augusta. The swirling winds and threatening stream make club selection crucial at the course's shortest hole and expect plenty of high scoring disasters at this pivotal point on the course.

With so much history in it Augusta perhaps claims as many victims with its reputation, mystique and famous high scores, as the wide fairways and lack of water and rough should make the course lower scoring than it usually is. Pin position is always crucial and all players and caddies must do extensive preparation.


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