It is an indication of our interest in our spectators at Augusta that this green was completely redesigned and rebuilt for the sole purpose of providing better visibility for spectators and a better gallery flow through what had been a congested area.
420 YARDS PAR 4
This is a slight dogleg to the left which invites the player to skirt the trees on the left side. Actually, this is a delusion, because it is only with a strong wind against that this line has any advantage. The player is thus called upon to make use of local knowledge and resist the temptation to play close to the corner simply because of the dogleg.
Under normal playing conditions a king drive straight down the middle of the fairway will give the best result, since the ball will reach a reasonably flat area and provide an open shot for at least half the green. The hole opens up more and more as the drive is played to the right, but the distance becomes increasingly longer.
470 YARDS PAR 4
This, to my mind, is one of the most beautiful holes I have ever seen, especially at tournament time when the dogwood and redbud are in bloom. The tee is on high ground and, I might add, immediately in front of my cabin. The fairway goes down in a broad slope from the tee, following on the left a straight line to the green but, on the right, fanning out to a considerable width. On the right side the fairway continues in the same general slope to the bottom of the hill just short of the green. But on the left at about 230 yards from the tee, the slope runs off abruptly into a valley of fairway some 30 or 40 yards wide. Since the hole is of good length for a par 4, it is decidedly advantageous for the player to make use of the run offered by this slope. Therefore the line of play is down the left side as close as one may dare.
A tee shot played to the right which does not avail itself of the slope will add at least two club numbers to the length of the second shot, in addition to which the approach to the green must be made across the slopes, rather than directly into them. A good drive down the left side usually makes it possible to play the second with a medium iron, sometimes even less if the wind be behind.
The green nestles on a hillside and is framed by some giant pines which give the impression of Gothic spires. When the dogwood is in bloom, the impression of a recent snowstorm adds great beauty to the appearance of the entire hole.
445 YARDS PAR 4
The tee shot to this hole is blind in that the fairway upon which the ball is to land is not visible from the tee. Nevertheless, the limits of the fairway are sufficiently well defined by the trees on either side. A drive down the left side of the fairway provides better visibility of the green, but slightly to right of center is better should the pin be located on the promontory of the green extending into the water hazard on the left. The pin location on this projection of the green is often reserved for the final round. The second shot is usually played with a three-iron or a stronger club, and a player must be bold indeed to go for the pin when it is in this location. A second shot played into the water here must be dropped on the near bank, with water still intervening between the player and the hole.