Do not fret, it would possibly not appear to be this for the Masters.
Augusta Nationwide does not even appear to be this now.
However pictures that surfaced in contemporary days by the use of Google Earth display a dormant Augusta Nationwide, with paintings being completed at the land bought from within reach Augusta Nation Membership, in addition to a brand new construction this is anticipated to be of use for the club.
That is what occurs to Bermuda grass when it is going dormant, and for the reason that membership is closed from past due Might till mid-October, there’s no reason why to stay the fairways and tough in pristine situation.
And but the vegetables are, neatly, inexperienced. And it in reality stands proud in opposition to the brownish fairways.
The striking surfaces at Augusta Nationwide are bent grass, which is terribly tricky to handle within the intense warmth of the South in the summertime. However the membership has the assets to take action, therefore the ones nice-looking vegetables.
The bunkers additionally glance other, too. Long gone is the bright-white sand that fills them, most probably changed ahead of the membership opened once more within the fall. The bunkers seem to be hollowed out, the outside showing to be grime or dust — or possibly liners.
The membership generally makes use of the summer season months to paintings on quite a lot of facets of the path, and it isn’t extraordinary for inexperienced surfaces to be altered or quite a lot of holes to be re-seeded.
The Augusta Chronicle in 2017 reported the acquisition of land which allowed Augusta Nationwide to regulate its perimeter whilst additionally giving membership officers the facility to transport the 13th tee. A 12 months previous, Golfweek reported the acquisition worth to be $27 million.
As a part of the acquisition, Augusta Nationwide agreed to pay for the design and rebuilding of the Augusta Nation Membership’s 9th hollow, which bordered the valuables.
The par-5 13th hollow — Tiger Woods birdied it on his approach to victory final 12 months, hitting an 8-iron 2nd shot — generally performs as one of the crucial best possible at the path. It measures simply 510 yards. And every now and then, the risk-reward nature of the well-known dogleg left hollow has been misplaced.
“Admittedly, that hollow does no longer play because it used to be meant to play by way of [Bobby] Jones and [Alister] MacKenzie [the course designers],” Masters chairman Fred Ridley mentioned previous to the 2019 match. “The momentous choice that I have spoke about and that Bobby Jones continuously spoke about, of going for the fairway in two, is to a big extent, now not related.
“Despite the fact that we should not have choices to extend the period of this hollow, we intend to attend to peer how distance is also addressed by way of the governing our bodies ahead of we take any motion.”
The ones feedback by way of Ridley instructed no adjustments could be made to the path for 2020, even though by way of shopping on the pictures, it is simple to peer the membership has given itself numerous room to stretch the opening to the 580-yard vary if it needs.
That may imply a a lot more tricky power, and without a doubt an extended 2nd shot to a inexperienced guarded by way of a creek.
The provider highway proven within the pictures has lengthy been one thing sought by way of the membership in order that it might probably transfer upkeep cars round its belongings higher.
The opposite disclosure is a construction built between the 5th fairway, 6th inexperienced and 7th tee. The construction seems to be everlasting — lots of the concession and merchandising spaces at the path are transient — and may well be used as a hospitality venue or a participants retreat.