AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National Golf Course is a special place for golf fans, and the back nine holes hold memories of some of the biggest moments in the sports' history. Here is a tour through what golfers face when the play the back nine at The Masters.
The 10th hole at Augusta National Golf Club is called Camellia. It's a downhill and dogleg-left par 4. It's a hole that a golfer does not want to hit long when approaching the green. It's the 4th most difficult hole on the course, and golfers only had 23 combined birdies during the 2016 tournament.
A long par 4 and the most difficult hole on the course awaits golfers as they approach the tee box on 11. This hole is called White Dogwood and is the first hole of Amen Corner. This hole only saw nine birdies in 2016, while there were 110 bogeys. A long narrow beginning, opens up to a green with water on the front left, and sand on the back right.
Things shorten up but stay difficult as golfer go to the 12th hole and the next section of Amen Corner. It's name is Golden Bell. The 155-yard par 3 starts on top of a hill as golfers have to be accurate. A deep bunker lies in front of the green, while another sits right behind it as well. A way short tee shot could even end up in the water.
The famous and beautiful 13th hole is next on the golfers journey through the back nine. It's name is Azalea, and the beautiful flowers line the back bunkers when in bloom. The 510-yard par 5 tees off way back, nestled in trees behind the 12th green. A strong strike could lead to getting in the green in two and an eagle chance. It's not the most difficult hole, but it provides a chance to swing the tournament on Sunday as golfers get closer to the finish.
The 14th hole is called Chinese Fir and is a 440-yard par 4. It's an uphill tee shot, that turns to the left for the approach. The hole location determines if birdies are possible, or if two-putting for a par is the smart way to go. In 2016, the hole garnered 47 birdies and 181 pars.
Golfers then head to another par 5 hole at 15. It's called Firethorn, and it's a 530-yard hole. With water in front of the green and plenty of slopes, it challenges golfers to hit long off the tee and to be accurate with a long approach shot. It's a hole that usually requires great wedge play for those who play short or miss on their approach. In the 2016 tournament, there were three eagles and 78 birdies at this hole.
During practice rounds, competitors and patrons get to have a little extra fun as the 16th hole comes in to play. It's called Redbud, and it's a 170-yard par 3 hole. The crowd cheers loud after tee shots on practice days to get golfers to skip balls along the water in attempt to land on the green, or even in the hole. It's quite the fun sight to see. It's a hole that rewards accuracy, but is unforgiving to those who miss their mark. There is a major slope on the back right of the green to go along with the water and three surrounding bunkers.
The Eisenhower Tree is missed at this next hole, but it still plays just as tough for golfers. The 17th hole is called Nandina. It's a 440-yard par 4 that works up hill from the tee shot. The approach shot faces a front side bunker, as well as a right side bunker that comes into play depending on the hole location. It's an open hole towards the end, which allows wind to play a factor when approaching the green. In 2016, there were 193 pars and 78 bogeys on this hole.
And golfers finish up their round at Augusta National Golf Course at hole 18. It is called Holly, and is a 465-yard par 4 hole. It looks long and narrow off the tee with bunkers on the left of the fairway. Distance is needed off the tee to make the trees less of a factor on the approach shot. It's uphill to the green, with bunkers on the front left and to the right. The green also has some elevation and a lip to challenge those who are finishing up their final hole at The Masters. It is the 6th hardest hole on the course, with only 37 birdies and no eagles.