Hole 12 at The Masters, Golden Bell

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Hole 12 Augusta National

Hole No. 12


Golden Bell - Par 3


Historical Average: 3.28 (4) Low Year: 3.030 (2002) High Year: 3.556 (1966)


One of the world’s most famous golf holes, this is Augusta National’s shortest par three. Club selection is often difficult, as varying winds can require anything from a six-iron to a nine-iron for Masters competitors. The daunting presence of Rae’s Creek and three strategically placed bunkers make it imperative that players land their shots on the putting surface. Golfers walk across the Ben Hogan Bridge to reach the green.


Hole 12 Masters
Hole 12 of Augusta National is the site of the famous Ben Hogan Bridge.

Masters highlight:

Fred Couples' tee shot came up just short of the green and began to tumble down the bank into Rae's Creek when it was stopped by a blade of grass. He chipped to 4 feet to save par, and went on to beat Raymond Floyd by two shots in 1992.

Masters lowlight:

Tom Weiskopf hit 7-iron into Rae's Creek, and then hit four shots with a sand wedge into the water in the opening round of 1980 to make a 13, the highest score ever on this hole.2

GLT Golf’s Shot of Note:

Iain Highfield examines Jordan Spieth’s final round performance from 2016. Highfield provides a tips related to process focus and pre-shot routine.



1: masters.com

2: newsday.com - AP