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…”?
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