All the Augusta National hole names pay homage to its former life as a plant nursery. They also reflect the importance the club, which hosts and runs The Masters, places on the presentation of its course. It is estimated that more than 80,000 plants of over 350 varieties were added to the layout.
It was Bobby Jones, Clifford Roberts and Louis Alphonse Berckmans who named each hole. Berckmans was made a member of the club and returned to Augusta National at the age of 74 to rehabilitate the threes and shrubs around the course. It was he that decided where to plant each of the 18 varieties that are now the names of the holes.
The golf course itself is a living, breathing thing and is has evolved, and been changed, since it opened in 1932 as the work of the great golf architect Alister Mackenzie. Not only have most of the hole designs been tweaked, or sometimes radically changed – indeed one is a completely new hole – but many of the hole names have also changed.
Augusta National Hole Names
- Hole 1: Tea Olive – Par 4, 445 yards
- Hole 2: Pink Dogwood – Par 5, 575 yards
- Hole 3: Flowering Peach – Par 4, 350 yards
- Hole 4: Flowering Crab Apple – Par 3, 240 yards
- Hole 5: Magnolia – Par 4, 495 yards
- Hole 6: Juniper – Par 3, 180 yards
- Hole 7: Pampas – Par 4, 450 yards
- Hole 8: Yellow Jasmine – Par 5, 570 yards
- Hole 9: Carolina Cherry – Par 4, 460 yards
- Hole 10: Camellia – Par 4, 495 yards
- Hole 11: White Dogwood – Par 4, 520 yards
- Hole 12: Golden Bell – Par 3, 155 yards
- Hole 13: Azalea – Par 5, 545 yards
- Hole 14: Chinese Fir – Par 4, 440 yards
- Hole 15: Firethorn – Par 5, 550 yards
- Hole 16: Redbud – Par 3, 170 yards
- Hole 17: Nandia – Par 4, 440 yards
- Hole 18: Holly – Par 4, 465 yards
Hole 1 – Tea Olive
When the course opened in 1934 the nines were the reverse of what they are today, so this was the 10th hole. It was called Cherokee Rose, which is Georgia’s state flower, and measured about 400 yards.
It has now been lengthened to 445 yards. It used to have a stream running across it, easily cleared from the tee. The fairway bunker on the right was moved nearer the green in 2001. The one further up on the left was removed and a greenside bunker installed instead in 1950. Tea Olive, which is Native to eastern Asia, is on the right of the fairway and at the rear of the green.
Hole 2 – Pink Dogwood
These red-berried trees which have pink blossoms from March to May,…
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