Augusta Country Club

Augusta, GA, United States Private

Overview

At one time, Augusta Country Club was perhaps the only place in the U.S. that had courses designed by Donald Ross and Seth Raynor side-by-side. The club considered the Ross course the stronger of the two--Bobby Jones played and competed here frequently in 1920s, and while building neighboring Augusta National in the early 30s--and the Raynor course was eventually sold off in the 1940s. As is often the case, the Ross course underwent many well-intended but transformative modernizations over the decades, but in 2002 archtitect Brian Silva used Ross's hole-by-hole sketches and field notes to restore as much of what had been lost as possible. He rebuilt the greens, squaring them off and following contour details, recreated Ross's grass-face coffin bunkers, stacking them and turning them perpendicular to the line of play, and even revived a very Raynor-like punchbowl green set above a field of bunkers at the short par-4 16th. The club made news in 2018 when it sold a portion of its property--most of its ninth hole--to Augusta National for what would eventually in 2023 become the new back tee for that club's famous 13th hole. Silva subsequently built Augusta Country Club a new ninth, a par 4 that now bends gently to the right. At last report the club is renovating again, this time using architect Tripp Davis to implement a new multi-year masterplan.

About

Holes 18
Length 6947
Slope 134
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1899
Designer Donald J. Ross, ASGCA/(R) Brian M. Silva, ASGCA/Tripp Davis (R-2022)

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked 12th, 2017-'20. Ranked 13th, 2015-'16. Ranked 15th, 2013-'14, 2021-'22. Ranked 16th, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 20, 2009-'10.

Current ranking: 11th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.9837
Character
7.2655
Challenge
7.0792
Layout Variety
7.1321
Fun
7.1752
Aesthetics
7.0379
Conditioning
7.2874

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