Augusta Gets Longer, Hogan, and Compass Talks

By | July 12, 2018

Augusta’s 5th hole reportedly being lengthened 30 yards | by Kevin Casey via GolfWeek.com

The plans showed a tee box being pushed back 20-30 yards across Old Berckmans Road with that street being re-routed to curve around that area in order to accommodate such a tee box. The intent of the change is of course to restore the old shot values diminished here by the modern game.

Among other things, this is a clear signal Augusta National isn’t expecting to see new equipment limitations coming any time soon. If rolled-back golf balls were on the horizon this sort of modification wouldn’t be as necessary. Of course, the tees can be just as easily moved back up if change does come, but for now, the era of the 400-yard drive will continue at The Masters.


The Problem with Hogan | by John Barton via GolfDigest.com

Child victims of a parent’s suicide often are susceptible to depression, social maladjustment and post-traumatic stress disorder. More pressing for the Hogans was the fact that they were plunged into poverty. Young Ben went to work. To help the family make ends meet, he sold newspapers. Then one day, at age 11, he hiked seven miles to Glen Garden Country Club after he’d heard you could make money carrying golfers’ bags.

With The Open returning to Hogan’s Alley next week this is a powerful look at one of the game’s most iconic figures. I greatly encourage you to give Mr. Barton’s essay a full read.


Bryson DeChambeau on compass ban: Unfortunate, but talks with USGA have been great | by Kevin Casey via GolfWeek.com

So if you were looking for another DeChambeau-USGA battle like the one that formed and then fizzled over the putter he was using with a side-saddle stroke, you’re out of luck.

I’m still on the fence on the DeChambeau compass. I appreciate the fear of allowing a mechanical tool to be introduced to the game that may make reading greens easier. On the other hand, in an era of golf courses needing to literally move roads in order to keep their length relevant, a simple compass seems like the least of golf’s technology problems.