What Are The Hardest Holes At Augusta National?

What Are The Hardest Holes At Augusta National

Augusta National golf course is one of the most prestigious and exclusive courses in the world. It is home to the most important PGA tournament, the Masters, and contains some of the hardest holes that most people will ever encounter playing golf. The hardest holes on Augusta National are considered to be the 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, and 5th holes in order of most to least difficult.

Golf courses always give their own evaluations of each hole using the handicap column on their scorecards. Their evaluations state that the 2nd, 15th, 8th, 13th, and 5th holes are the hardest on the course. Even though Augusta National considers these five holes to be the hardest, many believe that the most difficult holes on this course are actually the 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, and 5th holes. This is because the average scores of these holes during competitions are usually the highest.

What are the hardest holes at Augusta National?

  1. Hole 10
  2. Hole 11
  3. Hole 12
  4. Hole 4
  5. Hole 5

1. Hole 10

This is probably the toughest hole at Augusta National. This hole is a dogleg left that spans just about 495 for a par 4. This par 4 has an average score of 4.31 at the Masters and was Jack Nicklaus’ third-hardest hole while it was Tiger Woods’ fourth-hardest at Augusta National. The highest score that was ever scored on this hole during competition belongs to Danny Lee with a score of 9.

2. Hole 11

This hole is considered a dogleg right and is often thought of as the second-hardest hole to play at Augusta. It is one of the holes in the infamous “Amen Corner,” which includes the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes, and these are where players' rounds could be either saved or ruined. The stroke average for this 505-yard par 4 is 4.29, with this hole being tied for Jack Nicklaus’ fourth-hardest and Tiger Woods’ third-most difficult on the course.

3. Hole 12

Par three holes are not usually considered among the hardest holes on any course. However, this narrow hole can lead to strong winds and frequent bogeys. This 155-yard par 3 has an average score of 3.28 during Masters Tournament competitions. It also ranks as Jack Nicklaus’ second-hardest hole while it is Tiger Woods’ fifth-hardest at Augusta National. 

4. Hole 4

This hole is also a par 3 and features double sand traps that sit in front of the small green. The tee shot must clear both in order to make the green, and the potential for strong winds do not help the situation. This 240-yard par 3 has an average score of 3.28 and is tied as Jack Nicklaus’ third-hardest hole while it is also Tiger Woods’ second-hardest on the course.

5. Hole 5

This hole is considered one of the hardest on the course not only because the double sandtrap on the fairway pinches the landing zone that a golfer can aim for, but because the green is also full of some of the most severe bumps on any green. The 455-yard par 4 has an average score of 4.26 and is considered Jack Nicklaus’ fifth-hardest hole at Augusta National, while it is Tiger Woods’ seventh-most difficult.