AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
AMERICA'S TOP 50 COURSES AUGUSTA NATIONAL
By Ken Liebeskind
The Augusta National Golf Club is Georgia's gem that has played host to the Masters since 1934 and is Golf Digest's number one ranked course in America. The world looks forward to the first major golf tournament every April, anxious to see the world's greatest players play on one of the world's greatest courses, which combines challenging golf with the majestic beauty of the landscape, with each hole named after a tree or bush that adorns the course, from Pink Dogwood to Flowering Peach.
The signature holes at Augusta National Golf Club are the 11th to 13th - Amen Corner, the most renowned cluster in golf, which has determined the outcome of many Masters. Rae's Creek, which flows along the back of the 11th green and in front of the 12th green at Augusta National Golf Club, has swallowed many shots.
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The 12th hole (Golden Bell) is a relatively short par 3 at 155 yards, but the swirling winds on the tee make club selection difficult and the narrow green is protected by Rae's Creek in front and the azaleas behind.
In their quest to keep Augusta National Golf Club current, Master officials frequently tweak the course, most recently adding several hundred yards. The 7th hole (Pampas) is now a 450 yard par 4 with a narrow fairway and an elevated well bunkered green. It was 365 yards in 1962, when Arnold Palmer won the Masters. The Augusta National Golf Club now measures 7,445 yards making it the second longest for a major championship.
If you get the chance to play Augusta National Golf Club, the driver that will help you attain the distance you need to "master" the long holes is the Controller 460 cc driver from www.scientificgolfclubs.com. The small Connecticut company that is renowned for its scientifically designed clubs, is especially proud of the Controller 460cc driver that combines the max size head with a coating made from a metal once used for armor piercing missiles that adds distance to your tee shots. The metal used to coat the Controller 460cc driver is twice as hard as steel and 70 percent harder than titanium, so it's ideal for Pampas and the other long holes at Augusta National Golf Club.