Friday, February 27, 2009

A Look At Augusta National: #9 - 'Carolina Cherry'

While most of the rave reviews for the holes at Augusta are usually #10-#13 and #15-#16, this is probably my favorite par 4 on the entire course. It should be state law that the pin on Sunday will be up front. And again, another green that's not surrounded by trees. While having trees surrounding greens is pretty, it's a pain in the ass to keep the greens in good shape because the trees block off the air flow to the green (and provide too much shade). I really wish more course designers would take note of this and make the lives of superintendents much easier.

Par 4
460 Yards

Original Intent:"Under normal playing conditions a long drive straight down the middle of the fairway will give the best result, since the ball will reach a reasonably flat area and provide an open shot for at least half the green. The hole opens up more and more as the drive is played to the right, but the distance becomes increasingly longer."- Bobby Jones, in Sports Illustrated, April 6, 1959

Significant Changes:

- Green altered; right slope softened to make pin placement less severe, 2007
- Tee moved back 25-30 yards, 2002

Did It Work?

This hole still plays true to what Jones envisioned. The approach, if not properly judged, will spin off the false front and leave the golfer with an awkward chip.

History Average Score: 4.15
History Average Rank: 11th



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