Andrew Langford-Jones, the Director of Tournaments for the PGA Tour of Australasia, has been privileged to receive an invitation to The Masters for many years.

He has spent 14 years inside the ropes at Augusta, not as a player but as Rules Official which offers him a unique insight into one of the world's most revered tournaments and course layouts.

This is his inside guide to Augusta...

Every hole at Augusta National has its own story and is an exceptionally good golf hole. However here are eight that stand out for me:

The 2nd - Pink Dogwood

Augusta National Hole 2

The second hole at Augusta is a dogleg left par-5.

The drive on this hole is crucial, if a player is able to shape the ball around the corner they are then in the go zone to get home in two.

The greens itself slopes severely from left to right, with the right hand side of the green being protected by a cavernous bunker.

If a player shanks his second shot right it takes the camber of the green it feeds down to where the hole is normally located on Sunday.

This hole yields not only many bogeys but plenty of birdes and eagles.

In my experience the most common ruling here is when the player tries to cut too much of the corner and pulls it into the dogwoods. He is then forced to take an unplayable or chip out sideways.

I believe this hole, because of the required shape of the second shot, will suit a player who tends to hit the ball with a high fade.


The 4th – Flowering Crab Apple

Probably the hardest par-3 in tournament golf, the 4th, measures in excess of 200 meters, with the green running across the player's ball flight.

Very shallow in depth, with deep bunkers in front this is a two tiered green that runs from left to right.

Many players have meet their demise at this hole, Mickelson springs to mind.

Any player making four pars on this hole will gain at least one shot on the field.

This hole suits no one.


The 9th – Carolina Cherry

Augusta National Hole 9

The 9th hole at Augusta is a very difficult par-4, it's down hill most of the way with a steep rise to a green that slopes from back to front.

If players don't get the ball all the way to the pin then it normally sucks back off the front of the green and runs 20-25 metres down the slope. This makes for a very difficult chip back to a really tough pin location, particularly on Sunday.

Most of the rulings that occur on the 9th hole come from the player who pulls his drive left into the trees that line the left hand side of the hole.

Quite often he is forced to take an unplayable lie or find a gap into which he can play the ball down to the bottom of the gully short of the green.

This hole particularly suits Dustin Johnson who will be able to hit long enough to get it down the bottom of the hill and have only a medium iron into the green.

But most Australians will remember this as the hole that started Greg Norman's demise, the year Nick Faldo got up to beat him after having a substantial lead.


The 10th – Camellia

This is a monster par-4 to begin the second nine.

The drive is severely downhill from the teeing ground to an area that gathers most player's balls.

From here they need to play a 7 or 8-iron to a well bunkered and protected green.

The view from the go zone is one of the prettiest on the golf course with the azaleas framing the green.

Most Australians will remember this hole as the most exciting moment in Australian sport when Adam Scott holed a 15 foot right to left putt to bring home the green jacket!

Once again four pars on this hole will be a most acceptable score and once again this hole may belong to Adam Scott as his length and ball flight are ideal for the playing of Camellia.


The 12th – Golden Bell

Augusta National Hole 12

A part of the famed Amen Corner, the 12th is not a long hole but with a green that runs across the player, not with the shot, it makes for a very demanding par-3.

In front of the hole is a very steep bank protected by Rae's creek which runs across the front of the green.

At the rear of the hole is a bed of azaleas. If a player's ball is slightly long they run the risk of being lost in the azaleas with nowhere to take their drop.

If they are slightly short, the ball hits the bank and runs back down into Rae's creek, they are then forced to play a very difficult little chip shot, over the creek, on to the green.

On the 12th it's imperative that players get their yardages right. I think Zach Johnson with his precision iron play will be suited to this hole.

Once again most Australians will remember this hole for the time that Greg Norman hit it slightly long and with a number of people searching the azaleas, was forced to take a lost ball when it couldn't be recovered.


The 13th - Azalea

Augusta National Hole 13

The 13th is the first of the two famous par-5's on the back nine.

The drive for the modern day player is normally a three wood, which needs to be shaped right to left to get the sling off the mound on the right hand side of the fairway.

On the left hand side of the fairway, Rae's Creek follows the hole from the tee, right down and around the dogleg, to the front of the green where it then cuts across the fairway and down the right hand side of the hole.

The majority of players in the field these days can reach this green in two but unless the shot is just perfect a bogey can easily result.

With Rae's Creek running in front of the green and down the right hand side unless the ball is perfect in length and accuracy it feeds down into the creek from where a penalty drop is not a pleasant one.

The green is very tough, sloping from left to right.

Most players in the field can reach this green in two however it takes someone like Adam Scott who shapes the ball right to left to gain the maximum advantage of the drive then still have the ability to hit the ball high to hold the green once they clear the creek.

Most people will remember the famous Tiger Woods ruling where he made the green in two but then putted down the slope, past the hole and down into Rae's Creek.

To the amazement of everyone he took the option of playing from where he last played, instead of playing from within two club lengths of where the ball entered the creek, he went back to the top of the green and replayed the putt.

At the time it was regarded as being quite controversial, but an intelligent use of the rules.


The 16th – Redbud

The most famous of the four fabulous par-3's at Augusta, the stadium surrounds to this green make it a perfect viewing point on the course.

In the early part of the week all players entertain the crowd by skipping their ball across the pond in front of the green.

The green itself slopes heavily from right to left, with the pond at the front and left hand sides gathering many a wayward shot.

Any true golfing fan will remember this hole as the scene for probably the most famous single shot in the history of golf.

Tiger Woods aiming away from the hole, watched his ball trickle down the slope, pausing on the lip to display his Nike swoosh to millions of viewers around the world prior to the ball falling into the hole.

Jason Day and Adam Scott have both been very successful at negotiating this very difficult par-3 over the years. Hopefully this will occur again this year.


18th - Holly

Augusta National Hole 18

The 18th hole is a very tough par-4 uphill to the clubhouse.

On television you don't get any indication as to exactly how steep this hole is but from the teeing ground to the green it's the equivalent of a 10 storey building.

From the tee the drive needs to be shaped from left to right to be long enough to avoid the trees on the corner and yet not go in the two large bunkers guarding the left hand side of the fairway.

The green itself has two tiers. On the Sunday the pin is normally positioned front left, if players are good enough they can hit a shot that will feed down close to the hole.

However, if he misses the bank behind the pin and he ends on the back tier or back right he has an almost impossible two putt.

Justin Rose will play this hole well because he can hit it long and left to right to negotiate the corner. He then has the ball flight required to hit it close to the pin.

Most people will remember this hole from 2013 when Adam Scott made a famous 10 foot putt for birdie only to watch Angel Cabrera hit his second shot to three feet and force the playoff.


Final words of wisdom...

Overall the course is very demanding because it's very long, more than 700 metres longer than Royal Melbourne or Kingston Heath.

Not only that, but from the teeing ground every drive requires precision placement, so the player needs to think clearly before he plays his tee shot to position the ball on the right side of the fairway depending on the pin position.

The greens at Augusta are protected by large bunkers or severe slopes where the ball can feed away from the green. Once a player finally manages to get on the green he then has to really concentrate on his game as most of the greens have severe borrows and are lightning quick.

Augusta like no other course in the world has created its own history as well as its own theatre on each and every hole.

The famous saying, that the golf tournament doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday was obviously made with Augusta in mind.


Course Overview

The course was formerly a plant nursery and each hole on the course is named after the tree or shrub with which it has become associated. Several of the holes have since been renamed.

1 Tea Olive 445 4
2 Pink Dogwood 575 5
3 Flowering Peach 350 4
4 Flowering Crab Apple 240 3
5 Magnolia 455 4
6 Juniper 180 3
7 Pampas 450 4
8 Yellow Jasmine 570 5
9 Carolina Cherry 460 4
10 Camellia 495 4
11 White Dogwood 505 4
12 Golden Bell 155 3
13 Azalea 510 5
14 Chinese Fir 440 4
15 Firethorn 530 5
16 Redbud 170 3
17 Nandina 440 4
18 Holly 465 4
TOTAL 7435 72