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Van Sickle: Augusta National is about as iconic as a golf course can get. What would you dare change about it?
Shipnuck: The trees at the 11th hole. They put in too many freaking trees. Besides killing some great spectating areas, they've taken away options. You hate for Hootie Johnson to dictate how Tiger Woods plays a hole. Let Tiger decide.
Anonymous Pro: Definitely the 11th. It's still much too long. Nobody even aims at the 11th green anymore. That hole would be way more exciting, especially with the back-left pin, if we were hitting five-, six-, seven- or eight-irons in instead of four-irons, hybrids and three-woods. The pond is hardly in play because everybody bails out right.
Van Sickle: Maybe the alterations achieved what they wanted them to. Ben Hogan said if you ever saw his second shot on the 11th green, you knew he missed the shot. He always aimed right of the green.
Anonymous Pro: To me, the 11th is just a nice, barely reachable par-4.
Garrity: I want the old number 7 back. It was one of the great short par-4s in golf. Now it's 450 yards, dead straight. It looks like a hole from Firestone. I don't like it.
Shipnuck: Plus that green is so shallow. Guys hit mid-irons in now instead of wedges. If you stand behind that green, players hit into your ankles all day long.
Garrity: That's a green where you were supposed to have pitching wedge in your hand. If you went long, you probably couldn't aim at the pin with your chip—you had to bounce it off a mound to keep it from going back down the fairway or into a bunker. That hole was so much fun. It lost its personality.
Hack: Mow the fairways away from the tees, and bring the speed bumps back at the par-5 15th hole.