Augusta National

Georgia, USA
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  • Parkland Course
  • Founded in 1933
  • Designed by Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones
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  • Par 72
  • SSS 76
  • 7445 Yards
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  • Par 72
  • SSS -
  • 6925 Yards
  • Front Tees
  • Par 72
  • SSS -
  • 6240 Yards
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  • Par -
  • SSS -
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    One of the most instantly recognisable golf courses in the world, Augusta National offers one of the best championship eighteen hole courses and its famous nine hole par 3 course. The club annually hosts The Masters, the most highly coveted tournament in professional golf, and one of the four Major professional tournaments.

    Augusta National was the vision of Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie. During 1930 Bobby Jones decided to retire from competitive golf and build his own golf course. He wanted a course that would include all of the best attributes of the great courses on which he had won his championships. He also wanted to invite his friends, both professionals and amateurs with whom he had played, to share the course with him.

    Bobby Jones wanted to create a masterpiece, so he called in Alister MacKenzie who had designed Cypress Point, a course Jones had played and admired, to assist him in the design. They both wanted a design that would capture the spirit of the British links courses which they both loved. They set out the requirements of a course that would test the best tournament players and still be enjoyable to average amateurs, with fast, subtle greens.

    Jones' desire at Augusta was to build a course that made the greatest use of the natural phenomena of the terrain and did not rely on man made hazards such as, deep rough and numerous bunkers. The course was already littered with the many types of amazing flora left by the Dutch horticulturalists who previously owned the site. Consequently, the fairways are wide, the greens are large, and the bunkers are few, with the course lined by the many flowers and shrubs that make it so recognisable today.

    By 1934, after the course had matured for several years, Bobby Jones decided to hold an informal tournament by invitation only and called it the Augusta National Invitational. The title lasted just four days, before being renamed 'The Masters' as it is today.

    Each hole of the Augusta National Golf Club is named after one of the many trees, flowers, and shrubs which grow on the course. Some of the more representative names are Pink Dogwood, Flowering Peach, Yellow Jasmine, Juniper, Camelia, Firethorn, Chinese Fir, Carolina Cherry, Azaleas, and Tea Olive.

    Augusta National is a perfect example of a golf course that requires the use of strategy; the golfer is constantly challenged to think before hitting each shot. Jones and MacKenzie gave the golfer the opportunity of several different ways to play each hole, depending on the golfer's ability and willingness to take risks.

    The course becomes penal, as many courses are designed to, only if the golfer makes it so. To be on the wrong side of the fairway at Augusta is to make your approach shot to the green much more difficult, and position on the greens is very important. Many of the world's greatest golfers have suffered in the past on Augusta's treacherous greens, with three or four putts not being uncommon here.

    Bobby Jones once said of Augusta: "There isn't a single hole out there that can't be birdied if you just think. But there isn't one that can't be double-bogeyed if you ever stop thinking."

    Many players are surprised at how hilly the course really is. The elevation simply can not be appreciated on television, particularly the height of some of the bunkers, whose white sands make them appear much flatter than they are.

    But how tough is Augusta National really? Many golfers watch the coverage of The Masters tournament each year and wonder to themselves what, if given the chance, they could score around this famous course. Augusta National has never requested a USGA rating team to visit the course to produce Course and Slope Ratings. So nobody knows, including the membership at Augusta. Or at least they have never admitted to it.

    However, there was a secretive effort organized by Golf Digest magazine in 1990, to rate Augusta National. The magazine found a handful of USGA raters who were going to attend The Masters in 1990, and set up a covert ops rating team, who would prowl the grounds at Augusta during tournament week.

    The unofficial findings of Golf Digest's ratings team was that Augusta National had a Course Rating of 76.2 and a staggering Slope Rating of 148. According to the magazine, that Course Rating in 1991 was among the 10 highest in the U.S. and no course at that point in time, had a slope rating higher than 148.

    The club is very exclusive and guests can only play with members. Green fees are not available for publication. It is said that a membership list is not even published in order to protect the exclusive aspect of the club. Some of the best golfers in the world have played Augusta and have labelled it the finest course in the whole world. Golf Digest Magazine ranks Augusta National 4th among the list of the Top 100 Courses in the world.

    Contact Details
  • Augusta National, 2604 Washington Rd, Augusta, Georgia, Richmond County, 30904, United States
  • +1 706 667-6000
  • www.masters.org
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  • Closed to Public
  • Members Only
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  • Advanced Booking Required
  • Visitors Welcome
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  • Handicap Certificate Required
  • Handicap Maximum: Men 24/Women 36
  • Dress code: Normal golfing attire
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  • Floodlit Driving Range
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