THE COURSE IN DETAIL
400 YARDS PAR 4
This hole can be played straight away from tee to green, although the fairway does expand on the right as it approaches the green. Ordinarily, the fairway bunker on the right presents no problem for the tournament player. With a heavy wind against, however, as often happens, a half-hit tee shot may catch this bunker.
At the same time a drive down the right side of the fairway is only important when the wind is behind and the hole is cut immediately behind the bunker at the left front of the green. Under these circumstances the drive down the right side makes it possible to play more nearly for the pin with the second shot.
The player who drives down the left side must play his second either over the bunker or into slopes which tend to direct his ball off the right side of the green.
A sort of shelf across the back of the green offers several interesting pin locations, especially when the wind is against. With the flag placed far back, a player will think things over very carefully before he goes boldly for the pin for fear of going over the back side. But with a cautious shot to the green he often leaves himself an extremely difficult approach putt from the lower level of the green.
555 YARDS PAR 5
Although this is the longest hole of the course, a well-hit tee shot will take a good run down the fairway as it slopes over the hill. It was one of our guiding principles in building the Augusta National that even our par 5s should be reachable by two excellent shots. The possibility of using the down slope off the tee shot brings this long hole into this category.
The contours of the fairway and the mounds at the top of the hill were constructed for the very purpose of aiding the player to make use of the slope in order to gain length. But to do so, he must drive accurately across the big bunker. If he should wander slightly to the right, the opposite side of the mound will turn his ball down the right side of the fairway and so increase the length of the hole. A drive too close to the corner is likely to kick into a most unpleasant place.
After a fine tee shot, a second played over or just past the bunker at the right front of the green may finish quite near the hole if it is placed on that side. With the flag located behind the left-hand bunker, the second shot, if played for the green, should be aimed for the center of the putting surface with the hope of getting down in two putts for a birdie 4.