Augusta National Golf Course Guide: Holes 1 – 6

The first six holes at Augusta National Golf Club

  1. Tea Olive – 410 yards, par 4 – A slight dogleg right with a bunker on the right. Tee shots can easily go wrong in the bunker or in the trees on the left. The plateau green is one of the most difficult of the US Masters Augusta National Golf Club course. Stewart Cink said: “The one place you can’t go is over the green. There’s a false rear on the backside that can suck balls all the way down the slope, even when you land your approach shot hole-high. It’s an impossible chip from back there.”
  2. Pink Dogwood – 575 yards, par 5 – A dogleg left, reachable in two by the longest of drivers. For the short hitters, it’s one of the more difficult drives. Lengthening the hole has brought the fairway bunker on the right more into play. Two bunkers guard the slender green. Fred Funk: “The number one no-no is left off the tee. Over there you bring the creek into play and you’ve turned a birdie hole into maybe a bogey’.
  3. Flowering Peach – 350 yards, par 4 – The shortest par 4 hole with a small L-shaped tabletop green. Often an iron is used off the tee, to leave a full shot to the green where anything short can spin down a steep bank. “Anything short and left of this green is no good, especially when the pin is up front. From down there, you’re about 15 feet below a green that runs away from you. If you’re there in 2, you’re just hoping to make a bogey,” said Justin Leonard.
  4. Flowering Crab Apple – 205 yards, par 3 – The tiered green always claims its share of victims. A fine one-shot hole that requires a wood shot. Par is always a good score. Kirk Triplett said, “The worst miss is in the left bunker. I’ve seen some of the best bunker players in the world not get up and down from there.”
  5. Magnolia – 435 yards, par 4 – Increased by 20 yards for the 2003 Masters. Don’t hit left off the tee as the bunkers will come into play and make it difficult to reach the greens. World no.3, Jim Furyk on the 5th: “There isn’t a pin on that green where long left is good, especially when the hole is on that little knob front-centre. You’re not going to save par from there.”
  6. Juniper – 180 yards, par 3 – Jose Maria Olazabal will remember the 6th. He shot 7 here in the 2nd round and lost by one shot in 1991. Two-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson: “When the pin is back right, you can’t go long. More often than not you’ll leave the next shot short with your chip or putt, and you’ll probably be long with the next. Then you’ll face a difficult two-putt from about 80 feet for a double bogey.”

Who will conquer the US Masters Augusta National Golf Club course? The first six holes at Augusta National Golf Club could be your favourite golfer’s undoing!