Comparing Augusta National's Undulations With Famous Landmarks

The highs and lows of the US Masters host venue are something to behold

Comparing Augusta National undulations with famous landmarks
The Statue of Liberty is 111 feet tall from head to toe
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The highs and lows of Augusta National's terrain is something you can only truly appreciate when you walk the course for the first time

Comparing Augusta National's Undulations With Famous Landmarks

Ask 100 players what the most surprising element of Augusta National is when they arrive for their first US Masters and the vast majority will talk about the undulations.

Television cameras are very good at masking the severe slopes in certain parts on the golf course – something you only truly realise when walking around for the first time.

According to Golf Monthly columnist Chris Wood, “The second shot at 18 plays about 12 yards uphill and the 10th fairway is like a ski slope.”

And it’s not just the obvious holes – the likes of 2 and 10 – that take you by surprise. I always thought the 1st was a gentle uphiller, but I was wrong. You can barely see the fairway bunker on the right of the short grass from the lowest point of the fairway.

One of the hardest things to do is put the changes in elevation into perspective, so below, I’ve taken five of the most significant drops or rises and compared them to famous objects and landmarks.

2nd hole – drop from 2nd tee to 2nd green: 90 feet

That equates to the length of three-and-a-half London busses and is roughly the height of two-and-a-half telephone poles.

8th hole – rise from 8th tee to 8th green: 61 feet

According to the Professional Bowling Association, a standard competition-size ten-pin bowling lane should be just over 61 feet. The driving area also sits below the level of the tee, so the second shot is roughly 80 feet uphill – about 250,000 times as long as a strand of hair.

10th hole - drop from tee to lowest point of fairway: 116 feet

The Statue of Liberty in New York is 111 feet tall from head to foot.

11th hole - drop from 11th tee to 11th green: 62 feet

That is roughly the height of the Angel of the North in Newcastle.

Highest point of Augusta National (the back of the 1st green) to the lowest point (Rae’s creek at the front of the 12th green): 175 feet

That is the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and just taller than both Nelson’s Column in London and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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Nick Bonfield
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x