The nine-hole, par-27 (naturally!) course was designed in 1958 by architect George Cobb and Augusta National Chairman Clifford Roberts, and built in an area to the East of the clubhouse and near the 10th hole. Designer Tom Fazio was invited to create two new holes in 1987, and the layout of the course changed, with the original holes 3 to 9 now being the 1st to 7th, and Fazio's designs being the 8th and 9th, the latter making full use of 'Ike's Pond' (below). The pond was named for Augusta National member and then General (later to be President) Eisenhower, who first suggested the building of a dam to create a fish pond within the club grounds.
In fact, five of the nine holes play around or over water, with 4 to 7 going in a circle around DeSoto Springs Pond, while 8 and 9 cross Ike's Pond in opposite directions.
The course measures 1,060 yards in length. Art Wall Jr and Gay Brewer held the original course record at 20, but since the 1987 changes the new record is 21, held by Chip Beck, David Toms, Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen.