Augusta National #16,known as Redbud—was initially designed by Alister Mackenzie in 1933; it was redesigned in 1947 by Robert Trent Jones. It is a tremendous test of golf. One of the most unforgiving greens in major championship golf, the undulations on this green can ruin your day if your approach shot does not land in the proper place.
The 16th at Augusta,with its Sunday back-left pin placement,has been the deciding factor in numerous Masters. In 1954 Ben Hogan three-putted to lose a playoff to Sam Snead. Jack Nicklaus birdied the 16th on his way to his first Masters win in 1963 and his last Masters win in 1986.
"That was probably the best shot I've ever hit."
More recently, the 16th witnessedwhat some say is oneof the most incrediblegolf shots. The near-impossible chip Tiger Woods holed to take the lead and eventually win his 4th Masters. After the round, Tiger was heard to say, "That was probably the best shot I've ever hit."
Par on this hole sets you up for a great round, butif your tee ball lands over the green,you're playing out of the rough to a severely sloping green and probably putting for four at best. Double bogie or worse looms large for any tee shot hit in the wrong spot. Take the right club,and your round will be fine;choose wrong, and it could be a long day.