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Masters 2024: A first look at Augusta National's latest course change


Augusta National is never done modifying its golf course. Back to the days of longtime Masters chairman Clifford Roberts, the club would get to work on renovations following the conclusion of each Masters Tournament—making changes it deemed necessary to make the course better. (You can view every alteration to the course here with our comprehensive interactive that tracks every significant change to Augusta National.)

The club announced ahead of Masters Week one very small modification done by officials ahead of the 2024 Masters. The Masters tee box at the par-5 second hole has extended back and to the left by about 10 yards, seemingly in an effort to bring the right fairway bunker more into play.

Here's a photo of the extended second tee that the Masters account shared on Friday:

The club has been busy over the past couple of years, notably adding 40 yards to the par-5 13th hole ahead of the 2023 Masters after a large acquisition of land from neighboring Augusta Country Club. The previous year, significant changes were made at the 11th and 15th holes. It makes sense the club isolated the par-5 second hole ahead of this year's Masters. Over the past three tournaments, the second hole played as the easiest hole each year, playing to a 4.562 scoring average.

Another tradition unlike any other is also walking around the golf course during tournament week to spot any other smaller changes done to the course. Those will have to wait until Masters Week, which will be here sooner than we realize.

Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta, GA
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No club has tinkered with its golf course as often or as effectively over the decades as has Augusta National Golf Club, mainly to keep it competitive for the annual Masters Tournament, an event it has conducted since 1934, with time off during WWII. All that tinkering has resulted in an amalgamation of design ideas, with a routing by Alister Mackenzie and Bobby Jones, some Perry Maxwell greens, some Trent Jones water hazards, some Jack Nicklaus mounds and swales and, most recently, extensive rebunkering and tree planting by Tom Fazio. The tinkering continues, including the lengthening of the par-4 fifth in the summer of 2018, the lengthening of the 11th and 15th holes in 2022, and the addition of 35 yards to the famed par-5 13th in 2023.
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