Welp, school’s out at Augusta National. The course is closed, the “gone fishin'” sign is up, and, like every summer at ANGC, changes are afoot. Sometimes it’s mild tweaks. Sometimes it’s moderate adjustments. Other times, like 2021, it’s a significant overhaul. Never before have we seen carnage like this, however. If you’re faint of heart or weak of stomach, there’s no shame in looking away.
That’s what remained of Augusta National’s fabled Par 3 Course as of May 31st, 2022. No blossoming azaleas, frollicking children, or caddie jumpsuits so white you could wear them to a wedding. Just a swath of scarred Georgia clay, completely unrecognizable from the serene greenery of the Masters’ iconic short track.
According to Eureka Earth, who were one of the first to reveal the big changes to holes 11 and 15 this spring, the George Cobb-designed holes have been completely erased, with the pair of Tom Fazio beauties hanging in the balance. What’s the end game? What justification could there be for this senseless act of golf-course violence? All of that is TBD, but as is always the case at Augusta National, we’ll have to wait until April for the answers.