Augusta National’s 13th hole v Alwoodley’s 10th hole
Most of us will never get the chance to play Augusta ourselves, but you can get a flavour of what the world’s best face when they stand on the 13th tee by paying a visit to Alwoodley.
This iconic hole marks the conclusion to Amen Corner. It has seen countless amazing shots over the years.
There was Nick Faldo’s 2-iron to the heart of the green in the final round in 1996 when he was overhauling Greg Norman.
Who can forget Phil Mickelson’s recovery from the pine needles in 2010 en route to his third Green Jacket when it seemed that disaster was awaiting?
And in 1994 Jeff Maggert made the only albatross ever seen at this hole when he holed his second shot from 222 yards.
But did you know that Dr Alister MacKenzie based his design of this hole on the 10th at Alwoodley?
And to this day, the two holes have remarkable amount in common:
- Both holes are exciting risk-and-reward par 5s.
- Both holes offer a safe route from tee to green that offers the competent golfer a relatively comfortable way to make five.
- Both holes tempt the long hitters to dream of a birdie four – or even a precious eagle three.
- Both holes feature uphill tee shots to fairways that swing sharply to the left at driving distance.
- Both holes demand a draw if optimum position is to be found and the green is to be brought within realistic range for the second shot.
- Both holes force the golfer from the tee to take aim at some trees, trees that a straight shot will run underneath. This will take the possibility of finding the green in two out of the equation – unless your name is Phil Mickelson…
- Both holes give a helpful, forward bounce to a shot that is moving from right to left.
- Both feature second shots from hanging lies with the ball above the player’s feet.
- Both holes have recently been the subject of talk about being extended: Alwoodley’s 10th has been lengthened from 482 yards to 525 while Augusta have acquired an additional piece of land that will add 50 yards to their 13th – which, since 2002, has measured 510 yards. – And, of course, most crucially, both holes were designed by the same man: Dr Alister MacKenzie.
Come to Alwoodley and you can play this great par 5 for yourself – while also gaining a deeper understanding of what the Masters competitors face when they tackle the 13th at Augusta National.
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