The Amen Corner is a little longer.
The 11th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, which opened in 1958 and was named after Herbert Warren Wind, has been lengthened by 15 yards. The club disclosed the adjustment to the 11th – called White Dogwood – as one of two “major changes” to the course ahead of the 86th Masters on April 7-10 in the annual media guide released this week.
The par-4 11th, which has a pond to the left and a thick bunker on the right defending the green, will now play 520 yards. The hole is historically the second most difficult on the course, only after the 495-yard par-4 10th.
“The Masters tees have been shifted 15 yards to the golfer’s left. The 11th hole was recontoured and some trees were removed on the right side, according to the media guide.
The par-5 15th, which has been enlarged to 550 yards, is the other noteworthy modification to the course. Firethorn, a hole with a short green fronted by a pond, has been the second-easiest hole in the Masters, trailing only the 510-yard par-5 13th.
“The tees were relocated back 20 yards, and the fairway was recontoured,” according to the media guide.
The major alterations are the first since the par-4 fifth hole was extended by 40 yards in 2019.
“Thirteen yards added to the rear of the Masters tees without forcing a change in length to the hole,” the media guide said of the par-4 18th hole named Holly, without calling it a significant modification.
The par-5 13th and the heart of Amen Corner, the 155-yard, par-3 12th dubbed Golden Bell, received no formal alterations.
The course will be 7,510 yards long and have a par of 72 for the 2022 Masters.
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