The tee box for the 455-yard, par-4 fifth hole at Augusta National could be pushed back 20-30 yards, The Augusta Chronicle reported Saturday, citing preliminary site plans filed Jan. 30 with the Augusta Planning and Development Department.
The potential new teeing area would call for Old Berckmans Road to curve around it, allowing the fifth hole to be lengthened while also relieving some of the congestion at the fourth green and fifth tee.
An Augusta National spokesman told The Chronicle Friday that no definitive plans have been announced. The approximate start date for construction would be May 1, coming after this year’s Masters, with construction ending around Nov. 1, the report said.
Former club and Masters chairman Billy Payne addressed the issue at last year’s Masters, noting that the club controlled the former western border where Nos. 4 and 5 meet.
“It gives us the ability, as it touches certain holes, it gives us some way to expand or redesign,” Payne said. “Not redesign, but lengthen some of those holes, should we choose to do so, and all of them are under review.”
This would be the first major change to the course in more than a decade that wasn’t caused by Mother Nature.