Which is the most difficult hole at Augusta National Golf Club?
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Augusta National Golf Club, the perennial home of the Masters Tournament, remains one of the few golf courses to have never been evaluated for difficulty by the United States Golf Association (USGA). In fact, the ‘stroke index’ of each hole, which determines how handicap strokes are allocated is based on an idiosyncratic system developed by Cliff Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club, which uses yardage as its principal criterion. Consequently, the par-5 second hole, a.k.a. ‘Pink Dogwood’, which measures 515 yards from the member tees and 575 yards from the Masters tees, officially has a stroke index, or handicap rating, of 1.
However, in the history of the Masters Tournament, the par-4 tenth hole, a.k.a. ‘Carmelia’, which measures 495 yards from the Masters tees, has proved to be the most difficult hole on the course. A steep downhill dogleg left, the tenth hole requires a left of centre tee shot to catch the downslope and avoid a lengthy approach, while the green slopes steeply from right to left and is protected by a bunker to the right and a precipitous drop-off on the left. Despite an official handicap rating of 6, the tenth hole has produced a stroke average of 4.31, the highest, in relation to par, if any hole in Masters history. On his maiden appearance in the Masters, as an 18-year-old amateur, in 2009, New Zealander Danny Lee six-putted the tenth hole, eventually carding a 5-over-par 9, which is the highest score ever recorded. He really should play the best new zealand online casinos, being that he has this level of skill and fortune!