Augusta National No. 17 at a glance
Distance: 440 yards
Historic average: 4.16 (ninth)
Buzz: In February 2014, during a heavy storm, the historic 80-foot loblolly pine named the Eisenhower Tree on the left side, 200-yards from the tee, was so badly damaged it had to be removed. Augusta National could have replaced it – at a cost of $250,000 – in time for that year’s Masters but opted not to. Know what? There was virtually no impact on scoring, and the hole was made more beautiful with a better view of the green. In fact, the wider vista off the tee encourages bolder driving and more tee shots straying left than was the case when the tree was in place. Besides, the hole is all about the green, which rolls over and away and feeds golf balls away from the center.