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Augusta National Golf Club Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

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The first hole at Augusta National Golf Club is a 445-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg right. The fairway width measures 42 yards across and the green area is 8567 square feet. There are two greenside bunkers, accounting for 1% of the total bunker count on this hole.

This hole demands accuracy off the tee as players must navigate around trees and avoid hazards in order to have an approach shot that gives them some kind of chance to reach the green in regulation. During summer months, due to high temperatures and humidity, ball flight will be affected more than during cooler seasons when air density is higher. Players should consider using a 3 wood or long iron off the tee depending on wind conditions as well as their own comfort level with those clubs from this distance (217 yards).

Approaching this hole requires precision since there are many obstacles including trees, water hazards and sand traps that must be avoided while still finding enough room to land safely onto one of its large undulating greenside surfaces. Depending on pin location, players may want to use anywhere from 7 iron (140 yards) up to pitching wedge (120 yards) when they arrive at their second shot into this par 4; however, it’s important for golfers to take into account both club selection and weather conditions before making any decisions regarding club choice or strategy for attacking each flagstick position here at Augusta National Golf Club's first hole!

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 445 yards

Green Area:

8567

Approx Fairway Width:

42

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

1

Bunker Count:

2

Bunkers:

Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

In summary, the best playing tips for this hole are to:

1. Use a 3 wood or long iron off the tee depending on wind conditions and your own comfort level from this distance (217 yards).

2. Utilize precision when approaching the green as there are many obstacles that must be avoided while still finding enough room to land safely onto one of its large undulating greenside surfaces.

3. Take into account both club selection and weather conditions before making any decisions regarding club choice or strategy for attacking each flagstick position here at Augusta National Golf Club's first hole!

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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