08 Apr '14, 1pm

The hardest hole to build at Augusta National

The hardest hole to build at Augusta National

The 12th green has always been shallow and treacherous; in the early years it was even more so. The right side of the green, where the hole is usually cut for the final round of the Masters, was enlarged in 1951 because, Bobby Jones explained, the hole had been "possibly a little too exacting." (The front right corner of the green had settled toward the creek, exacerbating the problem.) "I think we should build this up so as to provide the maximum level putting surface," Clifford Roberts, the club’s co-founder and chairman, explained in a letter at the time. "To do it right, logs should be used the same as when we extended the front of the left side of the green. . . . Now that #11 is exacting such a surprising toll [because of the new pond ] I wouldn't mind easing up a trifle on the boys at #12 green."

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