When I was at the pro-shop yesterday I was told that the front 9 holes of the Master course will be closed until the weekend. I am not sure whether it will open on Saturday or not. However it is just about certain to be open on Sunday as there is an official competition.
One big improvement that has been made recently is that all of the reeds have been cut down on the pond close to the 11th and 12th greens. I was wondering whether the front 9 had been closed to do something similar to the pond around the 8th green.
I sneaked a quick look at the 8th late yesterday afternoon and no work has been done there yet. The only thing I did see on the front 9 was that the sprinklers were on a lot. So maybe they are just giving the front 9 holes a bit of a rest.
PS The protective seagull parents are still on the rock in the pond close to the first tee. Their baby birds are growing well and can now fly quite well. However the parents still dive bomb you if you get close to the pond.