In the not-too-distant future, Augusta National will apparently expand the golf course.
The club is working with the city of Augusta on a two-phase project to modify Berckmans Road, which runs along the fourth and fifth holes of the home of the Masters. The road will be realigned and expanded to three lanes, according to the Augusta Chronicle, and include a path for bikes and strollers. A bridge that runs over Rae’s Creek will also be replaced at a cost of about $4 million.
Augusta National will finance the project, which will be repaid by the city through a one-cent tax.
Chairman Billy Payne addressed the project on Wednesday ahead of the Masters, acknowledging that the club will not only rebuild the parking lot so that it looks more aesthetically similar to the club, but that the course will also eventually expand.
An obvious candidate for expansion would be lengthening the fifth hole.