Augusta National Golf Club Course
Sculptured out of arable farmlands, and boasting names like ‘Amen Corner’, Sarazen Bridge and Pink Dogwood, the spectacular Augusta National Golf Club course is home to the first Major of the year, the US Masters Golf Tournament.
The fairways and greens are surrounded by pine and flowering magnolia trees that date back to the dawn of the event, and the botanical theme continues with each hole being named after a shrub or tree. An estimated 80 000 plants have been added to the US Masters Augusta National Golf Club over time, making it a veritable paradise, but also one of the most difficult golf courses in the world.
Many of Augusta National Golf Club’s landmarks are steeped in history. Rae’s Creek is named after pioneer, John Rae, who is credited with keeping the early residents, who chose to live outside of Fort Augusta, safe from the marauding Indians. Sarazen Bridge guards the auspicious 15th hole where Gene Sarazan shot an incredible double eagle to win the second Masters in 1935, and Amen Corner refers to holes 11, 12 and 13 – the holes where all the action took place in 1958.
Augusta National Golf Club Course Changes
Over time, in an effort to make the Augusta National Golf Club course more difficult, and in line with the tradition of the Major golf tournaments, the course has been tweaked here and there:
- Some holes have been lengthened to benefit the power hitters of the game
- The rough is allowed to grow unhindered
- A new, finer bent grass has been introduced to make the greens faster
- It has been mown shorter in an attempt to disguise the grain
- Even the bunker sand has been replaced by white feldspar in an effort to make it near impossible to get out of the trap!
Although it seems serene, the US Augusta National Golf Club Course is a real test for the best. The likes of Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie have yet to tame the beast, but there are some who have made it their very own playground. Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player spring to mind.
When all is said and done, the US Masters golf course, Augusta National Golf Club, is the perfect venue for one of the most outstanding events on the golfing calendar.