The Takeaway: Augusta Pines is layout northwest of Houston that drew inspiration from the design features of Augusta National. Laid across land that is much too flat to actually replicate anything at the host of the Masters, Augusta Pines still offers a fun layout that finishes on a pair of island greens. Not one of Houston’s elite level courses, but worth playing if you are in the area. Grade B-
Designer: Dave Relford in 2000
Cost: $62.50 - $79.25 plus tax (includes cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (281) 290-1910
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Augusta Pines's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 18 Augusta Pines Drive, Spring, Texas 77389
Accolades: Ranked 18th in Texas on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Augusta Pines is part of the Tour 18 network whose business philosophy is to design golf courses that feature replica holes from famous courses across the country. As the name would imply, Augusta National was the clear focus of flattery as the design elements of many holes from the Masters’ back nine were implemented throughout the course. While the 2D design elements of Augusta National can be replicated, the flat ground in the Houston area make a 3D rendition impossible and thus fails to yield the look and feel of the hilly Augusta terrain. The conditioning is commendable and the course features a couple of unique routing qualities. First, the front nine finishes with a par three which isn’t unheard of but not very common. Secondly, and even less common, the course wraps up with back-to-back island greens on the par three 17th and par five finisher. The course is enjoyable and the novelty of the design is noteworthy and well worth playing while visiting the area or taking advantage of the membership option afforded to residents.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 17th Hole – 149 Yard Par 3 – and the 18th - 522 Par 5
Best Par 3: 3rd Hole – 187 Yards
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 408 Yards
Best Par 5: 13th Hole – 554 Yards
Birdie Time: 2nd Hole – 485 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole – 229 Yard Par 3