Definitely deserves its place in the Top 20. Been lucky enough to to play it 7 times and since first visiting Augusta in 1998 this has now become a Tournament Course. Amazing routing and shot making. And choice that allows you to make decisions and still miss and be in the hole. As only MacKenzie would want. Enough space off the tee to land a jumbo and the only fear of losing a ball is when the water carries appear. Nothing can prepare you for the iron shots in to 11&12 or the exhilaration of hitting 13&15 in two if you get your drive away. Greens are amazing. So expansive and until you putt on them you can’t understand the extent of the break the Pros have to play. Playing the course off the Tournament tees (if you get the chance) though tells you just how good these guys are to go around here and shoot 66. A testament to golf and this place will always be the standard that the globe should be set to. Par 5 eighth is one of the best climbing Par 5s on the planet and the uphill shots in to 3,7,9 & 18 should be bottled and used as a blueprint the world over.
Date: January 04, 2020