It's that time of the year again where the golfing world is full of excitement, with the first Major of the year just around the corner. The Masters is possibly the most exciting Major in golf, played at one of the most famous golf courses on the planet, Augusta National. In this guide, GolfMagic takes you through every hole set to challenge the star packed field when they tee off on Thursday.
Hole 1 - Tea Olive | Par 4, 455 Yards
A nerve-wracking tee shot awaits at the dog-leg first. The trees on the left will be prominent in the players' minds, with the other option being a 310 yard carry over the fairway bunker on the right. The popular option will be a 3-wood off the tee to lay up alongside the fairway bunker, leaving an 8 iron or something similar into the large green with a sloping front-right edge and a bunker guarding the front left.
Hole 2 - Pink Dogwood | Par 5, 575 Yards
You'll remember this hole for Louis Oosthuizen's famous albatross back in 2012 when he holed a 257-yard approach shot with his 4 iron. The first par 5 at Augusta National is one where many will be looking to reach in two and give themselves an eagle opportunity. It's a dog-leg left where from the tee, the majority of the field will be looking to drive to the left of the fairway bunker. From there they can take on the money shot or lay up, where a lot of players will happily put themselves in one of the two front bunkers.
Hole 3 - Flowering Peach | Par 4, 350 Yards
A short, uphill par 4, guarded with numerous bunkers. The big hitters will aim towards the green, but the safer shot is a long iron off the tee leaving it short of the bunkers. If they get the approach shot right, this hole shouldn't cause too many problems, but the L-shaped green slopes right to left into a bunker so putting down the slope can be an issue.
Hole 4 - Flowering Crab Apple | Par 3, 240 Yards
Success on this hole will be strongly influenced by the way the wind is blowing once the players get onto the tee. Sometimes it's a 5 iron off the tee, but if the wind changes then suddenly it can be a 3 wood. There are two bunkers across the front of the green that the players will want to miss, as the multi-tiered green makes a difficult pitch shot from the sand.
Hole 5 - Magnolia | Par 4, 495 Yards
Aslight dog-leg left with a sloping right to left fairways. Thefairway bunkers are now roughly 350 yards from the tee aftert he hole was extended by 50 yards for this year's Masters. Anything long on the approach shot will be snapped up by the bunker at the back of the green. With the green sloping down to the front edge, the smart shot is straight into the centre of the green to stop it rolling off.