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Ranking The 5 Most Difficult Holes At Augusta National

Ranking The 5 Most Difficult Holes At Augusta National

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According to the calendar, spring began on Mar. 20 at 12:57 EDT. If you’re a fan of golf, it feels like spring begins at the weekend of the Masters. On Thursday, Mar. 10, 91 professionals and six amateurs will begin their quest to add a green jacket to their wardrobes. The Masters always feels like the biggest golf tournament of the year, but which holes at Augusta are the most difficult?

5. Hole No. 7 — Pampas

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5. Hole No. 7 — Pampas

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This par-4 used to be fairly easy (well, as easy as golf can be), but then length was added in '06. It now plays 450 yards and players can no longer just hit a wedge into this green. Now the players must hit a longer club, but the green is still designed for a wedge approach shot. This hole features the most elevated green at Augusta, and the fairway is lined by pine trees and is narrow. The historical average scoring for this hole is 4.14.

4. Hole No. 5 — Magnolia

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4. Hole No. 5 — Magnolia

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This par-4 is 455 yards long and features a green that is one of the hardest on the course. It is difficult to land and hold an approach shot, and getting up and down is hard as well. Also, the two bunkers on the left side of the fairway can sometimes come into play. The historical average scoring for this hole is 4.27.

3. Hole No. 11 — White Dogwood

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3. Hole No. 11 — White Dogwood

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This par-4, named White Dogwood, is 505 yards long. It features an extremely narrow fairway with a blind tee shot. There are newly planted pine trees that close off the right rough. There is a pond to the left of the green, and the hole slopes — you guessed it — to the left. The historical average scoring for this hole is 4.29.

2. Hole No. 10 — Camellia

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2. Hole No. 10 — Camellia

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This hole is most notably known, as of late, for the incredible shot Bubba Watson hit from the trees to win the 2012 Masters. The picture is of the spot where Bubba hit that shot. This hole is a 495-yard par-4, and it features a huge dogleg left, and approach shots to this green can be tricky. They must come in high and soft, and a low shot will end up having the player’s ball in trouble. The historical average scoring for this hole is 4.31.

1. Hole No. 1 — Tea Olive

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1. Hole No. 1 — Tea Olive

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The par-4 first hole at Augusta wasn’t always terrible, but like with the seventh hole, length was added in 2006. It now plays long (445 yards), is uphill and has a difficult green. There is also a treacherous fairway bunker that is not easy to carry, and if a player hits their tee shot into it, they can forget about reaching the green in two. The historical average scoring for this hole is 4.79.