The 2020 major championship schedule has been filled with plenty of surprises including the cancellation of golf’s oldest major, glory’s last shot repositioned as the opening major of the year, and what is typically a hallmark of the beginning of spring, taking place just a few weeks before Thanksgiving. While late fall is no stranger to hosting major championships, this will mark the first time the Masters Tournament has been held outside of April since 1934.
A fall major championship in Georgia brings about a different type of event than what competitors are used to. In addition to cooler temperatures, this year’s competitors will be in for another surprise. Augusta National Golf Club has known for hosting some of the loudest and most memorable roars in golf history. This year’s edition of the tournament will be void of patrons therefore absent of joyous cheers and celebration of the past.
How will the cooler temperatures affect the course? Well, you can expect the course to play softer which means longer than the advertised 7,475 yards. But don’t expect the soft conditions to impact Augusta’s tricky greens. Bentgrass greens, like the ones at Augusta National, perform best in cooler temperatures. The club has the ability to control the climate of the greens via the sub-surface air system allowing greenskeepers to cool off greens if they are too hot and even vacuum greens if they are too moist.