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12 Courses Offering an Augusta National-Like Experience

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Want to experience Augusta National without having to become the CEO of IBM?

(Whoops, bad example.)

The following 12 courses are said (or cliam) to be, “the Augusta National of…” their respective regioins and formats.

1. The Kinloch Golf Club, which has been called, “the Augusta National of Virginia,” thankfully, for its topography and flora, not an utter lack of accessibility.

Don’t live on the East Coast? No problem. You’ve got two choices for, “the Augusta National of Texas:”

2. Texas National (near Houston), which began enjoying the comparison 30 years ago (see Greg W.’s conditioning comment below), and more recently…

3. Garden Valley Resort and Golf Club (near Dallas)

If you’re a world traveler, you have even more choices.

You could head over to Spain to play…

4. Valderrama, which a lot of people say is, “the Augusta National of Europe.”

5. Others say the same thing about the Druid’s Glen Course outside Dublin, Ireland (at right).

6. The River Club in Johannesburg is known as, “the Augusta National of South Africa,” but this probably has more to do with its exclusivity than its appearance.

Take your pick for, “the Augusta National of Asia:”

7. In Thailand, it’s Blue Canyon Country Club.

8. In Japan, the honor goes to Hirono Golf Club (at right).

9. And in Brunei, it’s Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club…if architect Ron Fream does say so himself.

Not looking for 18 holes of championship golf? you could play…

10. “The Augusta National of Par-3 Courses,” at The Back Nine Club (formerly Heritage Hill Golf Course) in Lakeville, Mass. Another option is…

11. “The Augusta National of Pitch-and-Putt,” which you’ll find near Dublin, Ireland at Glenville Pitch and Putt Club. According to Travel + Leisure, “Trees, flowering shrubs and flower beds cover the property, which features sharp elevation changes and fast greens.”

Or, you could downshift even more to…

12. “The Augusta National of miniature golf courses,” otherwise known as Hawaiian Rumble in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The “mini Masters” is played here annually.

There you have it: 12 places offering an Augusta National-like experince.

I hope you enjoyed this post from Golf Vacation Insider, “the Augusta National of golf travel advice.”

Have you played any of these courses or know others that might qualify for, “the Augusta National of…”?

Please share your comments or read what others are saying below.

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17 Comments

  1. Doug

    April 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

    If you want a few very realistic replica holes from Augusta, try Golden Ocala Golf and Equistrian Club in Ocala Florida. Replica holes of Augusta #12, #13 and #16. Also other replica holes from Royal Troon and Baltersol to name a few. Very private so you will need to know a Member.

  2. Walter R.

    April 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The “Augusta National of Canada” is The National Golf Club of Canada which is consistently rated the best course in Canada. They even use green jackets for the club captain and golf committee.

  3. George Mezori

    April 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Anybody ever been to Mississippi and Dancing Rabbit Golf Club? Supposed to be Augusta-like.

  4. Craig Better

    April 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Great call. The Azalea course at Dancing Rabbit in Philadelphia, Miss., definitely has an Augusta National look and feel to it. The Southern-style clubhouse helps, too.

  5. Don

    April 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Garden Valley is not in Houston…it is about 75 miles east of Dallas, just north of Tyler. Likewise, Texas National is not in Dallas…it is in Willis, a small town about 30 miles north of Houston.

  6. Craig Better

    April 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Whoops, I accidentally flip-floopped those. Now corrected in the text above. Thx.

  7. ken mcdonald

    April 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Pilgrims Run, Pierson, Michigan, a hiden jewel on the west side Michigan. A must play !!!!!

  8. Jeff B

    April 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Don’t forget about Tour 18 in Humble, TX. It’s a tribute course that has re-creations of famous holes. They’ve got all three holes of Amen Corner and it’s fantastic!

  9. David Wolk

    April 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    World Woods (in Brooksville, 50 minutes north of Tampa, Fl) has two extraordinary course. One is patterned after Pine Valley and one is patterned after Augusta. Not imitations, not copies, but the sense and feeling of these great courses and with the highest of shot-making quality. Closest I’ll ever come to Augusta and Pine Valley.

  10. Marc

    April 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    The Kinloch Golf Club listed in this article is in fact private. I don’t see anything on their web site to indicate that it is “accessible”.

  11. Craig Better

    April 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Didn’t mean to suggest Kinloch was public, just a private club that’s a heck of a lot easier to access than Augusta National.

  12. Jonathan Cole

    April 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course in Idaho is the best maintained and manicured course I’ve ever played. It’s also a lot of fun to play. Except for the island green 13th (which can play over 200 yds into the wind – very daunting) it is conducive to good scoring.

  13. Craig Better

    April 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Good call, Jonathan. When I played there, I remember thinking, “there’s not a blade of grass out of place.”

  14. Greg Weaver

    April 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Well, I went to Texas National last week because of the tip contained herein. I was fairly excited about it since I used to play the course regularly in the 80’s till it began to decline in condition. I’m sad to say that it was in deplorable condition. The greens were so hard that a 204 yard shot to a par 3 did not leave a mark that was discernable. The fairways were terrible. I would estimate that they had less than 20% bermuda which I’m certain is supposed to be the grass they are trying to grow there. I found 3 rakes on the entire course (probably more) and all three were very old and the handles were broken. An update to this tip needs to rate this course as bad as ratings get. Great layout, tragic conditions. It was sad to see.

  15. Craig Better

    April 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Bummer, Greg. Well, at least you got to experience Augusta National-like green speeds! In all seriousness, we didn’t mean to imply we were vouching for the current conditions at each of these courses around the world. In fact, many of these courses are, “the Augusta National of…” because they self-proclaimed it! Still, it sucks that you had a bad experience after reading this tip, so I’ll make a conditioning note above and send you a free golf book if you provide me with your mailing address.

  16. Trekker

    July 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Letham Grange about 10 miles north of Carnoustie is known as the Augusta of Scotland. The back nine is kind of weak but the stretch 6-7-8 is magnificent. Not a links course but worth a visit.

  17. pk

    August 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Try the Rolling Oaks course at World Woods in Florida. Its good but for the real gem try their other course Pine Barrens. Probably the best diverse 36 in the world … Letham Grange is decent as per above comment. Bearwood Lakes in Surrey is a great Augusta-esque experience. Undulations, dramatic greens, pines, water … its got lot.

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