The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club course preview

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It’s Masters week as the golf world returns to Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club for the first major of the season. Brad Owen, GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent, has implemented only minor changes in order to provide greater flexibility in the event of adverse weather conditions.
 
The back of No. 1 tee was reduced seven yards to improve patron circulation between the tee and the practice putting green. The tee marker was then relocated and the scorecard was changed from 455 yards to 445 yards.
 
The greens on holes No. 1, 5 and 6 were rebuilt for agronomic reasons and heating and cooling systems were installed. Significant landscaping was completed on the rear of No. 7 tee to reforest a large area which was left open due to the removal of a tournament storage building in 2005.
 
An additional 10 yards was added to the front of No. 7 tee without necessitating a change in length to the hole. A couple of trees were removed on the right side of No. 15 fairway and 8-9 yards were added to the front of the tee. Scorecard yardage remained 530 yards.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Perennial ryegrass, 0.315'
Fairways - Perennial ryegrass, 0.380'
Greens - Bentgrass, 0.125'
Rough - Perennial ryegrass - 1.38'

weather

Weather: Partly cloudy skies are predicted all week in Augusta, with a 40% chance of rain on Friday. Temperatures should reach highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s each day, and the wind is supposed to calm down to 10mph or less beginning Wednesday.

yardage

Yardage: 7,435 yards. Par-72.

signature hole

Signature hole: No. 12 is Augusta National's signature hole and most pivotal. It is arguably the most famous and most difficult par-3 in the world. Although it requires only a short iron to a narrow green guarded by Rae's Creek, the unpredictable winds make proper club selection nearly impossible. Any shots short of the pin usually slope back into Rae's Creek, unless it's Fred Couples', whose ball defied gravity in 1992 on his way to victory.


 
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