Augusta’s Most Famous Holes
Augusta National showcases a breathtaking and famous course that features slopes, bunkers, and everything in between. Known as the “Ghost Course”, Augusta National is a golfer’s dream and a player’s nightmare.
In honor of The Masters Tournament this week, here is a look at some of the famous holes that make Augusta.
Hole 1: Tea Olive
The first hole is a slight dogleg to the right and not the easiest one to tee off on. The hole was named after the Asian Tea Olive plant which produces fragrant and beautiful white flowers from December to March.
Hole 5: Magnolia
Named for its most prominent native tree, this hole features some hefty bunkers, that Bobby Jones once disapproved of. Magnolia was originally inspired by the Road Hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Jack Nicklaus made two eagles on this hole in the 1995 Masters.
Hole 6: Juniper
As one of the most sloping holes on the course, Juniper features three tiers that make keeping the ball on the green very difficult. Titled after the aromatic wood, many golfers have had their balls roll back to their feet on this hole.
Holes 11, 12, 13: Amen Corner
This set of holes was dubbed the Amen Corner after Arnold Palmer’s 1958 Master’s Win. Palmer’s amazing play on those holes created the icon that is the Amen Corner. Featuring the 12th hole which is the shortest one on the course and arguably the most famous par 3 in golf.
Hole 13: Azalea
Labeled Azalea after the beautiful flowers that Augusta National is most noted for, there are over 1600 Azaleas from tee to green, which were once rumored to be iced to keep them in full bloom. Phil Mickelson hit his famous shot through the trees and over the creek on this hole to keep his lead and eventually win the 2010 Masters.
Hole 16: Redbud
Played almost entirely over water, Redbud features three bunkers that surround the green. This hole is most noted for Tiger Wood’s amazing chip-in, which helped him to secure the 2005 title.
Hole 17: Nandina
Dubbed Nandina after the oriental shrub that is a Japanese good luck symbol, this hole is best known for the Eisenhower tree. Once sitting on the right side of the fairway, Eisenhower was a death trap to most golfers. Named after the 34th President because he hit the tree so many times, he asked it be cut down. In February 2014, the President got his wish. Eisenhower was removed due to an ice storm that left the famed tree damaged.
Hole 18: Holly
As one of the most recognized final holes in golf, Holly features two steep bunkers that can be hard to avoid. Titled after several varieties of the plant that are featured on the final hole, Holly can be a winner’s victory hole or the hole that cost them the championship.
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