5 Reasons Why Augusta National is the Best Course in Golf

5 Reasons Why Augusta National is the Best Course in Golf

5 Reasons Why Augusta National is the Best Course in Golf
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There are plenty of breathtaking golf courses out there, but none of them provide the challenge of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. It has given fans incredible moments, a serene setting and forces golfers to be at their best if they hope to don the green jacket on Sunday. Here are five reasons why Augusta National is the best golf course in the world.

5. It Requires Versatility

Tigers Woods, Hogan Bridge, the Masters
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5. It Requires Versatility

Tigers Woods on Hogan Bridge at the Masters
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Augusta National forces golfers to hit all kinds of different shots and punishes those who don't have a versatile game. It rewards the golfers who have the ability to hit both fades and draws and requires touch around the greens like no other course does. It has lengthy par-5s and a vast array of challenging par-3s. You're going to need every shot in the book if you hope to come out on top on Sunday.

4. Amen Corner

Angel Cabrera at the Masters
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4. Amen Corner

Angel Cabrera at the Masters
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Holes 11, 12 and 13 have been dubbed "Amen Corner," and they have the ability to make or break a golfer. The par-4, 11th hole requires a faded drive from right-handed golfers followed by a downhill approach with an ominous pond situated green-side. The par-3, 12th hole is known for its swirling winds, and the 13th offers a chance to get a stroke back, but requires a well-hit draw and gutsy second shot to reach the par-5 in two shots.

3. The Beauty

Augusta National Golf Course
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3. The Beauty

Augusta National Golf Course
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No other golf course has the aura of Augusta National. It was formerly a plant nursery, and each hole is named after a different flower or tree. The birds always provide a peaceful soundtrack for golf's most exciting tournament. No other course provides the serenity and challenge of Augusta National.

2. It's Full of Challenges

Angel Cabrera the Masters
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2. It's Full of Challenges

Angel Cabrera the Masters
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No other course gives golfers as many chances to make up ground on the leader as Augusta National. It has four par-5s and a back nine littered with scoring opportunities on a vast array of par-4s. It offers up glimmers of hope but can take them away in an instant if you aren't careful.

1. History

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer at the Masters
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1. History

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer at the Masters
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Only the best golfers come out on top at the Masters. It takes experience and practice to learn the course's ins and outs and is rarely won by golfers on their first try or ones who have never won a major before. The Masters is the only one of golf's four majors which is held at the same location every year, but it never gets old. It always brings maximum drama which is why Augusta National is the best course in the world.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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