Just six months after a delayed 2020 tournament The Masters is back.
With its gorgeous tree-lined fairways, rapid greens and iconic Amen Corner, the Augusta National Golf Club, which has hosted the tournament since its debut in 1934, is arguably the most famous golf course in the world.
The club is also renowned for its immaculate appearance with tournament organisers famed for going to extraordinary lengths to ensure the course is picture-perfect for the world’s best golfers, as well as fans – referred to as “patrons” – and a global TV audience.
This sublime backdrop has seen the course become the site of some of golf’s most iconic moments, from Tiger Woods’ exquisite chip at the 2005 tournament to Sergio Garcia’s long-awaited first major victory in 2017.
Where is the Augusta National Golf Club?
Augusta National Golf Club, referred to Augusta by most and The National by an affectionate few, is located in Deep South state Georgia.
The private for-profit club, with members including Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Peyton Manning, is situated on the northern outskirts of the town of Augusta which is located on the state’s northeastern border with South Carolina.
Augusta is approximately 150 miles east of Georgia’s state capital Atlanta.
The state's location is acknowledged on the Masters’ iconic yellow logo.
Where do the holes get their name from?
The course was constructed on a plant nursery in 1934, and its past has been remembered with each of the 18 holes named after a tree or shrub.
The most famous of these include the opening par 4 named Tea Olive, the sprawling hole 5 known as Magnolia and holes 11, 12 and 13, known individually as White Dogwood, Golden Bell and Azalea, and collectively as ‘Amen Corner’.
The term Amen Corner was coined by Herbert Warren Wind following the 1958 tournament when he described the remarkable play of Arnold Palmer. Traditionally the trio of holes are the site of some of the most exciting play in the Masters.
What’s new about the course this year?
Players have suggested that the course’s fairways are running faster than usual this year.
Former Open champion Francesco Molinari said that a tough test awaited the 88-man field this week.
“It’s very firm and fast, I’m sure everyone is saying the same,” Molinari said.
“It’s going to be a different, very different challenge from November last year, but should be fun. Should be a great challenge for everyone.
“It’s like playing a different course. I think my caddie and I, obviously, we need to draw on past experiences even though, to be honest, I can’t remember how many years I’ve been here, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this fast and firm already on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.”
What time can I follow events in the UK?
Georgia is five hours behind the UK
The first players tee off at 1pm on Thursday and Friday with the final players setting off at 7pm.
On Saturday and Sunday the action gets underway later with play running from 6pm to 12.30am.
This year’s tournament runs from April 8 to April 11.