What Is The Course Record At Augusta National?

Two former World No.1s share the Masters course record of 63 at Augusta National Golf Club

Nick Price and Greg Norman during the 1986 Masters
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Augusta National is one of the most famous golf courses in the world and notoriously one of the most difficult, too.

The iconic Masters venue is home to some of most testing greens that the world's best encounter and course knowledge pays around Augusta. It usually takes years to truly learn Augusta National's intricacies and disaster zones of where to hit it and where not to.

The course is a par 72 with ten par 4s, four par 3s and four par 5s. So what is the course record?

In The Masters, the course record is 63 and nine-under-par. That's the same low score as the PGA Championship, with both the US Open and The Open seeing 62s scored.

Only two men have shot 63s in Masters history. Nick Price set the course record in 1986 - the 50th Masters and the year that 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus rolled back the years and won his sixth Green Jacket and final Major.

Nick Price plays an iron shot during the 1986 Masters

Nick Price broke the Augusta National course record at the 1986 Masters

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Price carded a 63 in the third round, with a front nine of 33 and a back nine of 30. The Zimbabwean, who won three Majors, never won The Masters but did record his best ever finish that week with a 5th place.

Greg Norman, another player to have never won The Masters, matched Price's course record of 63 ten years later at the infamous 1996 Masters. Norman opened the week with a 63, where he also went out in 33 and came home in 30, and held a six stroke lead heading into the final round.

Greg Norman hits an iron shot during the 1996 Masters

Norman matched Price's course record in 1996 in a week to forget for the Australian

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Norman posted a 78 and was caught by Nick Faldo, who carded a 67 to win by five and slip on the Green Jacket for a third time. Norman ended the week in second-place, his third runner-up finish at Augusta.

Dustin Johnson holds the Masters scoring record, which he set in 2020 with a 20-under-par score of 268.

A number of players have shot 64 during The Masters, most recently Rory McIlroy in 2022. The Northern Irishman holed a bunker shot on the 18th to shoot 64 and finish in 2nd place, his best Masters finish to date.

The amateur course record at The Masters was set by Ken Venturi in the first round of the 1956 tournament. Venturi carded a 66, which no amateur has beaten to this day.

The American held a four stroke lead into the final round but closed with an 80 to finish 2nd in what was one of the best amateur performances in Masters history. He finished 2nd again in 1960 and went on to win the 1964 US Open. No amateur has ever won The Masters.

The non-Masters course record at Augusta National is said to have been scored by Jeff Knox. Knox, the former Masters non-playing marker, reportedly holds the course record of 61, 11-under-par.

What is the women's course record at Augusta National?

The women's competition course record at Augusta National was broken in 2024.

USC freshman Bailey Shoemaker shot a six-under-par 66 on her way to 2nd-place at the Augusta National Women's Amateur to break the record previously set by Jennifer Kupcho (67) in 2019.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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