I was recently listening to a podcast on Instagram where Kevin Kisner was being interview and apparently the 5th hole at Augusta has been lengthened to 495 yards. Is that true because I haven't heard or read anything about that.
Is it true they are renaming # 5, "Pickled Pear?"
There's a contemporary overhead shot available on Google Maps. Looks like they stuffed a tee right behind the 4th green. They didn't go across Old Berckmans Road as originally speculated.
It's going to make one of the toughest holes on the course already just absolutely brutal!
Interested to see how it plays out come April...79 days to go.
Just happened to come across the below what looks like a 360 drone picture in the park beside Augusta National. You can see they had the whole 5th hole torn up when that was taken in July 18.
Interesting the work they have done on the bit of land they bought from Augusta Country Club behind 12th Green / 13th Tee, an unusual looking tree left there all on its own, almost like the 13th tee could go back there some day!
I just found it interesting that they decided to lengthen the hole because traditionally it's one of the top 5 toughest holes on the course. I think the course is perfect the way it is, but if I were to change the course, I would do one thing. I'd shorten the 7th hole so that players can hit more wedges into the green, maybe even make it drivable one of the days. I think it would be interesting to see if players would take on that hole at 350 given the severe bunkering around the green.