Vancouver Sun

FIVE THINGS

Augusta National has changed over the years, Cam Cole writes.

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1935 Reversing the nines

The original design had the golf course starting with what is now No. 10 and ending on the ninth green. For the second Masters, the nines were reversed, creating the “back nine on Sunday” effect — with Amen Corner at the 11th, 12th and 13th — that has resulted in many a dramatic finish.

1981 Converting to bentgrass greens

More tolerant to colder winter temperatur­es and less grainy than Bermuda, bentgrass can be cut shorter, meaning faster speeds on slopey greens, which are Augusta’s primary line of defence.

1999 Adding a ‘second cut’

The course had always played with little if any rough, but a “second cut” was just enough to narrow the fairways and keep players from spinning the ball if they found the rough off the tee.

2002

Major overhaul

in response to ball and club advancemen­ts. Nine holes were lengthened with changes to tee boxes; several bunkers and fairways were slightly altered. The original 6,800-yard course was now 7,270 yards. (It’s 7,435 today.)

2014 Eisenhower Tree removed

Unable to be saved after a winter ice storm, the ball-eating pine on the left side of the 17th fairway, which the 34th president always hated, was removed, and to date has not been replaced. Maybe Ike was right.

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