April 6-122015
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Masters hole 15

No. 15 Fire Thorn

Par 5 530 yards

Changes made in the last decade make reaching this par-5 hole in two shots a challenge, but plenty of birdies will be had. A pond guards the green in front, but those who lay up face a hard shot from a downhill lie.

1934 yardage

485, par 5

 

360 degree view: no. 15

 

About the plant

  • Large, thorny evergreen shrub is a member of the rose family. 
  • Creamy white April blooms are small and plain but profuse. 
  • Yields thick clusters of orange berries in summer to early winter Spot it on the course. 

Spot it on the course

  • It grows left of the 15th fairway. 

Where and how the plant grows

  • Grows fast; can reach 8 to 12 feet high 
  • Full sun 
  • Well-drained soil 
  • High drought tolerance 
  • Propagation by cuttings 
  • Plant in low-traffic area to avoid contact with thorns.

How players fared

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Significant changes since opening
  • Pond in front of green enlarged, 1961
  • Tee moved back 25-30 yards, 2006
  • Tee shifted about 20 yards to golfer's left, 2006
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about the course

Landmark of American golf

Welcome to the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse, a structure that was built in 1854 to serve as the home of indigo plantation owner Dennis Redmond.

Par-3s on front nine offer test

Bubba Wat­son and Jordan Spieth birded Nos. 4 and 6 on Sunday, a feat no other player accomplished in one round. Only Sandy Lyle could claim a birdie at each hole this Masters.

Second hole favors birdies

No. 2, known as Pink Dogwood, is the longest hole at Augusta National, but a downhill slope and simple lay-up opportunities make it play easier.

No. 8 makes for long walk

Although No. 8 plays as one of the longest holes at Augusta National Golf Club, wedge consistency might be the key to coming away with a good score.

13 known for beauty, drama

The 13th hole at Augusta National features about 1,600 azaleas and is shortest par-5 on the course.

No. 15 home of famous shots

The 15th hole, known as Firethorn, is home to one of the most famous approach shots on the course, and perhaps the most well-known shot in Masters history.

17th tee more inviting

Without Ike's Tree, players are finding the fairway at a strong rate. The challenge is to follow it with a good second shot.

Ike's Tree: One Year Later

It's been one year since the Eisenhower Tree was taken down, and Augusta National Golf Club has no plans to replace the landmark anytime soon.

Design

Bobby Jones on the design of Augusta National

Bobby Jones

1. "Dr. Mackenzie and I believe that no good golf hole exists that does not afford a proper and convenient solution to the average golfer and the short player, as well as to the more powerful and accurate expert."

2. "We have always felt that the make-or-break character of many of the holes of our second nine has been largely responsible for rewarding our spectators with so many dramatic finishes. It has always been a nine that could be played in the low thirties or the middle forties."

Bobby Jones Quotes: video | photos

Alister Mackenzie on the design of Augusta National

Allister Mackenzie

1. "There should be little walking between the greens and tees, and the course should be arranged so that in the first instance there is always a slight walk forwards from the green to the next tee; then the holes are sufficiently elastic to be lengthened in the future if necessary."

2. "There should be a minimum of blindness for the approach shots."

3. "There should be a sufficient number of heroic carries from the tee, but the course should be arranged so that the weaker player with the loss of a stroke or portion of a stroke shall always have an alternative route open to him."

Two of one mind in regard to National

In July 1931, banner headlines in newspapers across the country trumpeted the news: Bobby Jones was building a course in Augusta, and Alister MacKenzie would be the primary architect.

Reversal of fortune

The groundwork for Gene Sarazen's double eagle at the 1935 Masters - and all of the memorable shots and drama that have followed - was laid by Bobby Jones and tournament co-founder Clifford Roberts a few months earlier. They reversed the nines.

walking tour

Augusta Chronicle sports editor John Boyette takes you on a tour of Augusta National Golf Club.

Fans' Guide

Though Augusta National is steeped in tradition, change on the golf course has always been part of the plan. Take a tour of the Masters course at Augusta National to see what's new!

Par-3 Perfection

The Par-3 Contest is held on the Wednesday before the Masters Tournament, and participation is optional. Players often invite their children, spouses or celebrities to be their caddies for a day.   Read more

360 view: par-3 course, ike's pond

2014 par-3 photos