17th Hole at Augusta National: Nandina

  • Par: Par 4
  • Length: 440 yards
  • Name: Nandina
The 17th hole at Augusta National is a fairly straightforward hole. Once bunkerless, it now has two bunkers guarding the front. The approach shot isn't long, but it is to a very hard putting surface that falls off almost all the way around.

The hole is named after the Nandina shrub (scientific name nandina domestica), an evergreen that during winters produces bright red berries. But at the time of The Masters, Augusta's nandinas are usually showing off large clusters of small, white flowers. Nandina is sometimes called Heavenly Bamboo, a name given it in Japan.

Hole No. 17 is where the famous Eisenhower Tree was once located.

This is an animated flyover of the 17th hole produced for Golfweek:

Scoring Stats on Augusta National Hole 17

In the history of The Masters, the all-time scoring average on No. 17 is 4.16 strokes. That makes Nandina the ninth-toughest hole on Augusta National — right near the middle of Augusta National's holes.

The hole does sometimes play below par during a Masters Tournament. The lowest stroke average on the 17th hole was 3.949 during the 1996 Masters. Typically it plays over par during the tournament, though, and the highest stroke average was 4.348 during the 1951 Masters.

All-Time Best and Worst Scores on Augusta's 17th Hole

Highest scores ever on No. 17: The highest score ever made on the par-4 Nandina is 7, a triple bogey, making it the only hole on the course that has never been quadruple-bogeyed (or worse) during The Masters. Nearly 20 have made 7s on the 17th: William C. Campbell, 1951; Ernie Vossler, 1956; Lionel Hebert, 1961; Angel Miguel, 1963; Jim Jamieson, 1974; Keith Fergus, 1981; David Tolley, 1983; Ralph Landrum, 1984; John Harris, 1994; Doug Ford, 1997; Steve Scott, 1997; Darren Clarke, 1998; Fred Funk, 1998; Sandy Lyle, 1999; Nick Flanagan, 2004; Shigeki Maruyama, 2004; Stuart Appleby, 2007; Fred Couples, 2013; Ted Potter Jr., 2013.

Lowest scores ever on No. 17: The best score ever made on the 17th during The Masters is 2, an eagle. Three golfers so far have holed out their second shots for 2s:

Best 4-round tournament score ever on No. 17: What about cumulative score on the 17th during a single Masters Tournament? The lowest such score is 12, 4-under-par, and two golfers have achieved it by birdying all four rounds:
  • Gary Hallberg, 1983 (3,3,3,3)
  • John Daly, 1996 (3,3,3,3)
Worst 4-round tournament score on No. 17: The highest cumulative score during a tournament on Nandina is 6-over-par 20. Jim Foulis made that score in the 1947 Masters, scoring 5, 5, 6 and 6 during the first through fourth rounds, respectively.

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