The Evolution of Augusta National
By mustang6560 on 3/21/11
Augusta National, home of The Masters, is anything but a static golf course. From the days of Robert Tyre Johnson Jr. (course co-designer) to the present, the club has always looked at different ways to improve the course to address "playability, agronomics, spectator convenience and, most recently, 21st-century club and ball technology."
To compare the changes over the years, Golf Digest hired a graphic designer to recreate each hole based on documented course changes.
Our challenge was to graphically document every architectural change at Augusta National in a manner never attempted before. To do it, we enlisted the talents of computer artist Chris O'Riley to prepare a succession of detailed diagrams based upon our 30-plus years of research.They did a really good job with the diagrams. It's cool to see how much some of the holes changed from 1934 to present- for instance hole 3.
If perfection exists in golf, it's definitely Augusta National. Everything about the course is precisely engineered and constructed. Even the "forests" in between holes are not true forests in the sense that it implies a level of wilderness. I would bet the whole of Augusta National has less weeds growing than my front flower bed. To see how manicured Augusta National is, go to maps.bing.com and search "Augusta National Golf Club" and change the "Road" to "Bird's Eye".
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