Hole-by-hole course guide
A look at Augusta National, site of the 75th Masters to be played April 7-10, and how Jack Nicklaus played the course in 1986, when he won his sixth green jacket with a final round of 7-under 65.
Select a hole:
Tea Olive: Par 4
This slight dogleg right plays uphill and has a deep bunker requiring a 317-yard carry off the tee. The bunker has a tongue in the left side, so anything that enters the front of the bunker might be blocked by the lip. A bunker is left of the green, which falls off sharply at the back and to the right.
Nicklaus: Driver. 8 iron to 20 feet. Two putts. Par.
Pink Dogwood: Par 5
A dogleg left that can be reached in two by the big hitters. A fairway bunker on the right comes into play. A big drive kept down the left side shortens the hole, but leaves a downhill lie to a green guarded by two deep bunkers in the front. It is the only par 5 that has not yielded an albatross.
Nicklaus: Driver. 3-iron. Pitching wedge to 8 feet. One putt. Birdie.
Flowering Peach: Par 4
One of the best short par-4s in golf, this hole that hasnít been changed since 1982. Big hitters can drive near the green, but not many try because of all the trouble surrounding the L-shaped green that slopes sharply from right to left. Most players hit iron off tee to stay short of four bunkers on the left side.
Nicklaus: 1-iron. 9-iron to 18 feet. Two putts. Par.
Flowering Crab Apple: Par 3
This has become a long iron for big hitters, fairway metal for others. A deep bunker protects the right side of the green, with another bunker to the left. Club selection remains crucial because of the deceptive wind. The green slopes to the front. This hole features the only palm tree on the course.
Nicklaus: 2-iron to 40 feet. Three putts. Bogey.
Magnolia: Par 4
An uphill, slight dogleg to the left with two very deep bunkers guarding the left side some 300 yards from the tee. The green slopes severely from back to front, and a small bunker catches anything long. If an approach is long and misses the bunker, it could roll down the slope and into the trees.
Nicklaus: Driver. 6-iron to 22 feet. Two putts. Par.
Juniper: Par 3
An elevated tee to a large green with three tiers, with significant slopes marking the three levels. Getting close to the hole is a challenge. The easiest pin might be front left. The hole has not been changed since 1975.
Nicklaus: 5-iron to 4 feet. Two putts. Par.
Pampas: Par 4
This hole literally has come a long way, from 320 yards to 450 yards. The tee was extended by 40 yards in 2003, then two years ago the tee box was lengthened to allow the hole to play shorter if necessary. The tee shot is through a chute of Georgia pines, played to the left-center of the fairway into a slight slope. The green is surrounded by five bunkers, the most around any green.
Nicklaus: Driver. 9-iron to the edge of the green. Wedge to 1 foot. One putt. Par.
Yellow Jasmine: Par 5
An accurate drive is important to avoid the fairway bunker on the right side. The hole is uphill and features trouble left of the green. There are no bunkers around the green, just severe mounding.
Nicklaus: Driver. 3-wood near green. Pitch to 10 feet. Two putts. Par.
Carolina Cherry: Par 4
The tee shot should be aimed down the right side for a good angle into the green, which features two large bunkers to the left. Any approach that is short could spin some 25 yards back into the fairway.
Nicklaus: Driver. Pitching wedge to 10 feet. One putt. Birdie.
Camellia: Par 4
A long hole that can play shorter if the drive catches the slope in the fairway. It is difficult to save par from the bunker right of the green. The putting surface slopes from right to left. It has played as the most difficult hole in Masters history.
Nicklaus: Driver. 4-iron to 25 feet. One putt. Birdie.
White Dogwood: Par 4
Amen Corner starts here. The tee was lengthened by 15 yards in 2006, but some pine trees have been removed on the right side, although the landing area is still tight. A big tee shot _ and a straight one _ is required to get to the crest of the hill. A pond guards the green to the left and a bunker is to the back right. The safe shot is to bail out short and to the right.
Nicklaus: Driver. 8-iron to 20 feet. One putt. Birdie.
Golden Bell: Par 3
This is among the most famous par 3s in golf, and the shortest hole at Augusta National. Club selection can range from a 6-iron to a 9-iron, but itís difficult to gauge the wind. Raeís Creek is in front of the shallow green, with two bunkers behind it and one in front.
Nicklaus: 7-iron over the green. Chip to 6 feet. Two putts. Bogey.
Azalea: Par 5
An accurate tee shot to the center of the fairway sets up players to go for the green. A tributary to Raeís Creek winds in front of the green, and four bunkers are behind the putting surface. From tee to green, there are about 1,600 azaleas.
Nicklaus: 3-wood. 3-iron to 30 feet. Two putts. Birdie.
Chinese Fir: Par 4
This is the only hole on the course without a bunker. Even if the drive avoids trees on both sides of the fairway, the green has severe contours that feed the ball to the right.
Nicklaus: 3-wood. 6-iron to back fringe. Chip to 1 foot. One putt. Par.
Firethorn: Par 5
A cluster of pines is starting to mature on the right side of the fairway, making it critical to be straight off the tee. The green can be reached in two with a good drive, but a pond guards the front and there is a bunker to the right. Even for those laying up, the third shot requires a precise wedge.
Nicklaus: Driver. 4-iron to 12 feet. One putt. Eagle.
Redbud: Par 3
The hole is played entirely over water and eventually bends to the left. Two bunkers guard the right side, and the green slopes significantly from right to left. The Sunday pin typically is back and on the lower shelf, and pars from the top shelf that day are rare.
Nicklaus: 5-iron to 3 feet. One putt. Birdie.
Nandina: Par 4
The Eisenhower Tree to the left of the fairway is prominent at 210 yards from the tee, requiring another accurate tee shot. The green is protected by two bunkers in the front.
Nicklaus: Driver. Pitching wedge to 11 feet. One putt. Birdie.
Holly: Par 4
Now among the most demanding finishing holes in golf, this uphill dogleg right is protected off the tee by two deep bunkers at the left elbow _ the only bunkers in play off the tee on the back nine (except for par 3s). Trees get in the way of a drive that strays to the right. A middle iron typically is required to a green that has a bunker in front and to the right.
Nicklaus: 3-wood. 5-iron to 40 feet. Two putts. Par.