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Is the LPGA Tour going to get to play "Amen Corner"? Yes. Sort of

January 15, 2015

The LPGA Tour will open its season for the first time at the newly-created Coates Golf Championship in two weeks. It is also believed to be the first time a tribute course will host a major professional tour event.

Eight of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club's 18 holes are copies of famous holes from around the world. Augusta National, St. Andrews, Baltusrol, Muirfield, and Troon are represented in the Ocala, Fla., track designed by Ron Garl.

Three of the holes were created in honor of Augusta National's 12th, 13th, and 16th holes. Here's a look at Ocala's par-5 12th hole, which is a pretty spot-on recreation of the 13th at Augusta National, which ends the course's famed "Amen Corner":


LPGA players are excited about their tour season starting in the U.S. for the first time since 2009. And they're even excited at taking a crack at some of golf's most storied holes -- even if they aren't the real thing.

"I can't wait for fans to see the Tribute holes," Brittany Lincicome said on the tournamen's media day. "They really look like famous holes all around the world."