Aerial photos show a longer potential at number 13 at Augusta National

Architects at it again at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, with Par-5 13The tenth Stripped of the turf, it appears draining work has been put in place under the fairway and a very real possibility that the famous left-handed dogleg will play longer in the 2023 Masters.

Eureka Earth, an affiliate of Augusta-based flight instructor David Dobbins, often publishes aerial photos of Augusta National. It shows his latest snapshots posted on Twitter on Monday the 13thThe tenth Fairway receives heavy construction work and what could be a new box on the ground purchased in recent years from the adjacent Augusta Country Club.

Augusta National has not commented on the work in progress – early privacy in such matters of course renewal is typical for the exclusive club.

If a tee box is being set up behind a row of trees currently growing behind a tall rear tee, the hole can extend about 40-60 yards. In recent years the 5 ball Azalea has played 510 yards, but strong players with modern equipment have been able to hit the ball on the left side of the dogleg to set up short irons and occasionally wedges in the green for second shots. Many players play with three woods to score a big draw more easily than a modern driver, and they often still have irons in hand for approach shots in the green in two parts.

If the construction shown in the Eureka Earth image was a running tee box, players would be required to shoot the tee for at least 310-330 yards to get around a dogleg corner, guarded by tall pines and a creek, to set up any chance of getting into the green in two shots. Even for most modern professionals, this means that the driver is moving away from the tee.

Images of Eureka Earth show what appears to be a square area in the recently cleared dirt behind the row of trees. The trees would have to go down, if it was already a new chest, providing players with a chute on which they could hit their tee.

At his press conference ahead of the 2022 Masters tournament, Fred Ridley, Augusta’s national president, said there was no timetable for when the club might extend 13.The tenth A hole, but he said it was a possibility. “This is something we have definitely considered and will continue to think about it,” Ridley said.

The club is unlikely to make any announcement about the hole until much closer to the Masters in April, assuming recent aerial photos show a new T-shirt chest. A lot of work has been done for the course last year and Eureka Earth photos taken of work in progress, most notably 11The tenth and 15The tenth The holes, but Augusta National officials have not commented on the renovations Until February.

Eureka Earth also recently Take photos of heavy lifting In the par-3 tournament, with the possibility of adjusting several holes before the traditional par-3 event on Wednesday before the Masters starts in 2023.

The special session ranked third among All classic courses in the USClosed every summer, the club usually takes on a variety of projects to plan.