Golf.com editor Eamon Lynch tweeted this fantastic photo of a yardage book used at Augusta National comparing Masters yardages to regular Augusta National yardages.
I was surprised at a few of the difference so I wrote down a few thoughts on the difference in playing Augusta from where you see it played and where you would actually play it. You know, if you ever got to play it.
1. The first hole gets a lot easier: I think people don't understand how difficult or hilly No. 1 is. Playing it from 365 yards rather than 445 yards takes the possible uphill second shot out of play.
2. The fourth hole isn't insane: It's still hard at 170 yards but it would embarrass most weekend warriors at 240 yards.
3. No. 7 becomes drivable: A 120-yard difference seems notable.
4. The par-5s in genreal become much easier: I'm looking specifically at No. 8 but all of the par-5s seem more under control from member distances.
5. No. 12, nope, still a monster: You could make it 70 yards and it would still be ridiculous.
6. The 15th gets fun: Let's say you can drive it 260 yards. That means you have 200 to clear the water in two. Doable, but terrifying.
7. No. 16 takes the water out of play: Instead of being scared of missing left you can just hit a little baby draw into pretty much anywhere on that green and be fine.
8. The last goes from "impossible" to "probable double bogey": Nobody appreciates how rough No. 18 is. From the narrow tee shot to the steep climb to the green. It's a bear.
Here's the original tweet:
If you're curious about what yardage the members tees play at Augusta National, here's the scorecard. pic.twitter.com/SkHG0SMgX8— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) April 22, 2014