To toughen Augusta’s 13th, reroute Rae’s Creek
I’ve got an idea for No. 13 at Augusta National Golf Club (“Augusta takes long view of iconic 13th,” April 11). You don’t need to lengthen it. Instead, take Rae’s Creek and turn it right from its original position and go across the fairway at the 250-yard mark, extend it down the right side of the fairway for about 50 yards or so and turn it back to the left, at a 45-degree angle across the fairway, starting at the 300-yard mark, and rejoin the original position of Rae’s Creek.
The risk is, do you hit driver to try and carry the 300-yard mark and risk having the ball run into the creek as it dives left, or do you play it safe and hit it just over the 250-yard mark and try to reach the green? So, a 510-yard hole with a 250-yard tee shot would leave a 260-yard shot to the green.
I have been saying this ever since I heard the discussions start about different balls, the problems with lengthening courses, the costs of redesigned courses or other nonsense. Take the driver out of the players hands, make them hit 3-wood or 2-iron off the tee, put in bushes (or more azaleas at Augusta) at the 275-325-yard mark, put in a bunker at that distance, waste area, rocks or bushes. Anything other than people.
If Bubba Watson wants to fly the trees left and land within a sand wedge to the green, then move the tee box farther left and make the players go down the fairway. There are many answers without lengthening anything. Add “stuff’ in the fairway. Problem solved.
Kenneth C. Taylor
Fort Worth, Texas
An unforgettable inspiration
Thanks, Gary Van Sickle, for sharing the story about Dennis Walters (“Under Augusta’s oak, a legend and a laugh,” April 11).
Many years ago, my wife and I joined a single at a short course in Longview, Wash. This young man had lost both arms in an industrial accident a few years earlier. Yet, here he was, about to give us a lesson in golf.
On the first hole, he pulled out a wood; the head on that club had enough holes in it to filter water ... then I saw why. He stepped on the clubhead with his spikes until he locked it in place with his prosthetic arms. Well, he placed his drive smack dab on the green, then gave us a lesson in putting.
The entire round pretty much went that way. Inspiring. I will never forget the man.
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