The world famous Masters Tournament will kick off this coming Thursday at the equally famous Augusta National Golf Club. This will be the first major tournament of the PGA for the 2009 season, and it usually draws a large viewing audience from a media standpoint. Every year, veteran and rookie golfers seek new golfing tips in the hopes of conquering Augusta National’s challenges and acquiring the beloved and rare green jacket.
Augusta National is one of those rare golf courses that require its players to have a better golf swing each year in order to be considered competitive for the championship run. We picked out three of our favorite holes on the golf course that we think will challenge the playing field this week. Augusta National is an unforgiving golf course that will love you one minute and dump you the next.
Surprising to us, we unknowingly featured three holes that all appear on the back nine.
Hole NO. 12 – Golden Bell –
This par three features all of the elements that golfers would love to avoid: sand, trees and water. If you hit it too short, you have to deal with the crossing water hazard. If you hit it too far, you have to deal with trees and bunkers. The only way to successfully tackle this short par 3 is to hit it right on the mark. This hole is famous for taking player’s scores and adding a few strokes to them.
Hole NO. 16 – Redbud –
Another one of Augusta’s devastating par threes, this hole has to be approached with water starring directly at you from the tee off spot. Lets say that you hit a perfect shot and landed on the green; your problems aren’t over just yet. The green rolls from right to left, making putting an even harder task to perform. If you’re putt is one millionth of a centimeter out of line with the cup, forget about sinking it.
Hole NO. 18 – Holly –
One of golf’s most famous holes, this one is no walk in the park. The 18th at Augusta National is a par four, but the obstacles within it practically classify this one as a par five. The course has a major uphill slope in the middle of the fairway. Players that get stuck on the slope for their second shot might as well call it a day because hitting off of the hill is like hitting with a blindfold on. Once the fairway is cleared and the green is your next targeted area, you’ll have to get around the bunkers and the roller coaster slopes on the green itself to make par or even be considered for a birdie. We warned you, it’s a tough hole to defeat.
Maybe some of the pros will see our simple golfing tips before this week’s Masters Tournament and learn from them. Whatever the case may be; this week will be a great time to grab a sandwich and sit in front of the TV to catch every moment of the tournament.