Augusta National Acquires Land From Augusta Country Club

In a recent deal with the Augusta Country Club, Augusta National has acquired a parcel of land on the north-west boundary of the course that could allow them to improve and lengthen certain holes on the iconic track.

“It’s fair to say, as is always the case, we are always looking at certain holes, certain other improvements to the golf course, and we talked about some of those, and I think they are all pretty obvious,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said in April.

Some have speculated that the par-5 13th hole is to be lengthened by 25 yards with a new, re-oriented, back-tee that so that right-to-left ball strikers can’t bomb their tee-shots to within a wedge of the green.

With a relationship dating back 80 years, both courses have often exchanged plots of land to accommodate the other and to improve each other’s respective course. The 8th hole at Augusta Country Club is located on land sold to them by Augusta National.

In the memo to ACC members, club president Jay Forrester explained, “as part of the arrangement that will result in the transfer of acreage to Augusta National, I can confirm that a portion of the eighth hole and a new ninth hole will be constructed at no cost to Augusta Country Club.”

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