Activities Sports & Athletics Augusta National Golf Club Par-3 Course Share PINTEREST Email Print David Cannon/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Courses Basics History Gear Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated July 03, 2019 The 18 holes over which The Masters is played aren't the only golf holes on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. They make up the "big course." The "little course" is a nine-hole par-3 course that goes by the name of ... Par-3 Course. The Augusta National Par-3 Course is the site of the annual Par-3 Contest, which takes place on Wednesday of Masters week. That event is now televised, which puts the Par-3 Course in front of the general golfing public one day a year. The club's Par-3 Course is not your average executive golf course. It is as pretty as the "big course" at Augusta, with the same prevalence of trees, plants, and flowers. The course flows around two ponds (more on those to come). Its turf is the same glowing green of the rest of Augusta. Paul Azinger once called it "the best golf course in the world." Augusta National Par-3 Course History The Par-3 Course at Augusta National is not your average 'little course.'. David Cannon/Getty Images The man behind the Augusta National Par-3 Course was club co-founder Clifford Roberts. Roberts wanted a Par-3 Course from the get-go when the club was being formulated in the early 1930s, and architect Alister Mackenzie sketched ideas for a short course at the time the "big course" was being built. But in the Depression Era, Bobby Jones argued against adding another nine holes. Roberts never gave up on the idea, however. And the Par-3 Course was built in 1958. Course Designers Enormous crowds pack onto the Par-3 Course during The Masters' Par-3 Contest. Andrew Redington/Getty Images The Augusta National Par-3 Course opened in 1958 on what had previously been a low-lying, boggy piece of land on the Augusta National property behind the clubhouse and cabins. The architect was George Cobb, who worked with Augusta National chairman Clifford Roberts in designing the short track. In 1987, architect Tom Fazio built two new holes. Modern Layout and Total Yardage Seven original holes plus two newer holes make up the modern Par-3 Course at Augusta National. Jamie Squire / Getty Images After designer Tom Fazio created two new holes in 1987, the layout of Augusta's Par-3 Course changed. For the Par-3 Contest every year on Wednesday of Masters week, golfers play a course whose first seven holes are the original third through ninth holes created by architect George Cobb. As noted, those holes are now Nos. 1 through 7 and the eighth and ninth holes are the ones built by Fazio in 1987. The Augusta National Par-3 Course is a par of 27 (naturally) and totals 1,060 yards in length. Scorecard: Hole-by-Hole Yardages Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Here are the individual hole yardages for the par-27, 1,060-yard golf course: Hole No. 1 — 130 yardsHole No. 2 — 70 yardsHole No. 3 — 90 yardsHole No. 4 — 130 yardsHole No. 5 — 130 yardsHole No. 6 — 140 yardsHole No. 7 — 115 yardsHole No. 8 — 120 yardsHole No. 9 — 135 yards Course Record on Augusta National's Par-3 Andrew Redington/Getty Images The course record during the annual Par-3 Contest is 19, which was established by Jimmy Walker in 2016. That lowered the previous record of 20, recorded by Art Wall and Gay Brewer. Wall and Brewer were both Masters champions and both also winners of the Masters Par-3 Contest. The list of Par-3 Contest winners includes many big names, but also some golfers one might be surprised to see. Ike's Pond The water feature in this photo is Ike's Pond, named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower. David Cannon / Getty Images The Par-3 Course at Augusta flows around two ponds. One of them is called DeSoto Springs Pond. The other is called Ike's Pond. Ike's Pond is the better-known because the eighth and ninth holes — which are photographed more than any other holes — are built around Ike's Pond. But primarily, it's better know because of after whom Ike's Pond is named: World War II hero, U.S. president, and Augusta National member Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike's Pond is man-made, fed by a spring and impounded after Eisenhower suggesting doing so in order to create a secluded fishing spot. Augusta National members (and sometimes pro golfers during Masters Tournament week) still enjoy fishing in Ike's Pond today. Tiny Greens, Shaved Banks Photo Gallery: Augusta National Par-3 Course. Jamie Squire / Getty Images Don't get the idea that because Augusta National's Par-3 Course is so short it is defenseless. Not only are the greens tiny, most of them have water in play. But those that are fully or partially surrounded by water also have tightly mowed banks sloping severely down to the water. In other words, a shot slightly off target has a very good chance of catching such a slope and falling down into the water.