10 Apr GolfPass Grass Guru – Augusta National
The Masters • Augusta National
Hole 10 • Camelia • Par 4 • 495 yds
By Eric MacPherson
Masters’ Week. The epicenter of golfdom. The time of year when all the casual golf fans emerge from their sports induced hiberations. It’s not even arguable that Augusta National is the most famous golf course in the world, for better or for worse.
Augusta has less than 50 bunkers, and a large majority are completely forgettable. If it weren’t for the fact they have such white quartz bunkers in stark contrast to the unnaturally green grass, would people even realize they have any? This is actually the easiest bunker I have picked, maybe ever. And which is that? The fairway bunker on hole 10, Camellia.
The largest bunker on the property, the previously mentioned use of ground quartz is what make this bunker and all the rest so notable. It’s the only bunker with some pizzaz on the whole course. It was as if Clifford Roberts went to the bathroom, and left Alister MacKenzie alone for 5 minutes and he had to do something to get some creative juices flowing again. It has some form and fingers, which make it even more memorable when placed in a lineup with the vanilla yogurt of bunkers strewn about the rest of the course, that are little more than kidney shaped blobs. The grass surrounding the bunkers, is certainly more of a talking point. Augusta National doesn’t believe in rough, and that’s much more striking of a view vs. the unimaginative bunkering found throughout. The fact that they have hundred of acres all cut to the same height in virtually all directions envelopes anyone that walks the course. You are basically falling into a Sherwin Williams green paint can labeled “Augusta National Green.” This total immersion of the color green overwhelms, with the carefully raked pine straw and the white bunkers being the only respite, unless you want to look up in the sky and overwhelm your eyes even more.
I admire Augusta National for its dedication to perfection coupled with the highly horticultural grounds – which, as a self professed flower guy, I appreciate. Not to mention the flawless grass that’s throughout. But strictly from a bunker standpoint, Augusta is about a bland as a bowl of plain yogurt flavored cottage cheese, and just as white. In a separate post, I’ll delve deeper into my thoughts on Augusta National as only a grass guy can.
Cover Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.