At the very top of every golfer’s bucketlist will be Play Augusta National and then directly below Attend The Masters, which is definitely a much more realistic goal.

Although, just because you choose to attend the world’s greatest golf tournament, it doesn’t mean you can’t play some golf of your own.

Whether you stay local and discover more great courses within Augusta or opt for a road trip across states, there are so many options to get your fix on Masters week.

Here’s our breakdown of courses you can play near Augusta National, just ask one of our tournament experts to bolt some of these courses onto your ultimate Masters Experience.

Golf in Augusta

The hometown of the golf legend Bobby Jones and with Augusta National’s influence prevalent from each corner, Augusta GA is a truly special place.

Each April thousands of fans arrive to witness the special tournament, but the thing with The Masters is that it makes you want to play golf, so why wait till you get home?

West Lake Country Club

Just 15 minutes from Augusta National, West Lake Country Club is a great option for those wanting to play a quintessentially American golf course.

With exceptional playing conditions, a huge amount of water and some of the fastest greens you’re likely to putt on, it’s no surprise that West Lake has hosted several regional championships.

west lake country club

Nearly at 7,000 yards from the back tees, its length won’t be the issue, but in fact, the sheer quality of the Ellis Maples design will be the underlying obstacle to overcome, ensuring your golf is strategic in order to score well.

The River Golf Club

The name is quite self-explanatory, but The River Golf Club will test your mettle around a plethora of water hazards just a few minutes from The Masters host.

Displaying perfectly the midas touch of renowned course designer Jim Fazio, the course rewards bravery but is equally punishing if you spray it off the tee.

The mature track offers a welcome contrast to the other courses in the area, making it perfect for anyone wanting to bolt on some golf to their bucket list trip.

Reynolds Lake Oconee

Reynolds Lake Oconee is a one of a kind destination, boasting an unbelievable five-star resort which itself features five world-class golf courses.

At 70 minutes from Augusta National, the location is perfect for balancing tournament spectating and some holes of your own, but experiencing all five courses might be tight during your trip.

The Oconee Course

Despite having such great variety, the resort doesn’t compromise on quality with each and every course offering a genuine championship challenge in unique settings.

Champions Retreat

Champions Retreat is a meticulously designed destination that revolves around the concept of extraordinary experiences. Guests can revel in the exclusive golf lifestyle and indulge in a meticulously curated selection of top-notch facilities and services.

The club boasts courses crafted by the iconic trio of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. This remarkable partnership has resulted in an unparalleled golfing experience, making Champions Retreat truly unique.

The Island

The Island Course at Champions Retreat

Arnold Palmer, with his formidable skills, elegant demeanor, and fierce competitiveness, brought about a significant transformation in the game of golf. Not only was he a trailblazer on the course, but he also showcased his visionary talent as a course designer. The Island Nine, a testament to his ingenuity, reflects both the challenging nature and the promising potential that defined Palmer himself.

The Bluff

The Bluff Course at Champions Retreat

The Golden Bear’s skill in crafting legendary courses was on par with his remarkable talent for winning. Clearly demonstrated in his approach to designing the Bluff Nine course, Jack Nicklaus leveraged the natural characteristics of the land to enhance both the challenges and the benefits it offered.

The Creek

The Creek Course at Champions Retreat

Gary Player’s moniker, “The Black Knight,” aptly captures his refined conduct and unwavering dedication to the sport. The Creek Nine, a testament to his astute comprehension of the significance of both strength and elegance, stands as a testament to his ability to captivate and challenge.

Harbour Club

The renowned architects Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf have skillfully crafted the Harbor Club’s acclaimed 18-hole golf course, which stretches across undulating hills and picturesque lakeside. This exceptional course provides players of every proficiency an exhilarating and demanding game that is both awe-inspiring and stimulating.

Harbour Club

The golf course situated by Lake Oconee offers a strategic location that enhances the gratification and engagement of playing a game here. Moreover, the temperate climate throughout the year adds to the joy of playing on this course. Additionally, players can utilize our driving range, short-game facility, and putting green to refine their skills.

The Reserve Club

Ever since its establishment in 2002, The Reserve Club has proven to be a remarkable asset to the Woodside community, providing its Members with top-notch amenities. With two awe-inspiring golf courses, exquisite dining options, a magnificent clubhouse, and cutting-edge sports facilities, The Reserve Club offers an unparalleled experience.

The Reserve

The Reserve Course at The Reserve Club

Hollow Creek

Hollow Creek Course at The Reserve Club

Golf in Columbia

As the capital of South Carolina, there is naturally a huge golfing spotlight on Columbia and with a transfer time of just over an hour, it makes for one of the best golfing destinations in and around Augusta.

The city is buzzing with sporting life, thanks mostly to a strong college football presence and embraces the flocks of golfers each year with open arms.

Columbia Country Club

Columbia Country Club is a simply spectacular course which acts as a brilliant gateway between the layouts of Augusta and the Carolinas.

Expect wide fairways littered with large fairway bunkers, a heavy presence of water and any stray shots landing in the pine straw.

Naturally, everything from tee to green is in impeccable condition which only adds to the difficulty of this course, but a variety of tee boxes make it playable for all standards of golfer.

Cobblestone Park

Cobblestone Park boasts an exceptional 27-hole golf course that is truly remarkable. It has been recognized for its excellence, ranking #4 in Golf Pass’s prestigious “Top 25 College Golf Courses” list. Moreover, Cobblestone Park’s clubhouse has been acknowledged as the 39th “Best Clubhouse” in the entire country by Club and Resort Business.

Cobblestone Park

The golf course’s design is unparalleled in Columbia, featuring breathtaking panoramic views, undulating hills, and a captivating array of oak and pine trees. Esteemed golfers in the Columbia area are well aware that Cobblestone Park offers the ultimate golfing experience. We take pride in providing affordable membership plans and limited daily fee play options to cater to all golf enthusiasts.

Golf in Athens

UGA Golf Course

Situated within the picturesque grounds of the University of Georgia, the 18-hole course offers top-notch amenities and services, earning it a prominent reputation as one of the finest university courses in the United States.

The Golf Course presents a captivating sight and poses a formidable challenge for players. Situated on the undulating terrain of northeast Georgia, this par 71 Robert Trent Jones design is widely acclaimed as one of the premier collegiate courses in the United States.

UGA Golf Course

Following its renovation by Love Golf Design in 2006, the course meets the highest standards for championship play and serves as the training ground and clubhouse for both of the University’s esteemed golf teams. Despite its demanding nature from the championship Bulldog Tees, the course offers six different sets of tees, ensuring that golfers of all skill levels can relish their experience on this timeless layout.

The Georgia Club

The Chancellor’s Course, crafted by Denis Griffiths, presents a year-round delight, featuring a harmonious blend of par 3s, 4s, and 5s tailored for golfers of every skill level. From the tee to the green, you will be captivated by the scenic par 3s, which may prove to be more challenging than they initially seem.

The Chancellor’s Course at The Georgia Club

Golf in South Carolina

Aside from its capital Columbia, South Carolina has so much more to offer, especially down by America’s stunning southeastern coast.

The premier golfing state boasts destinations like Charleston, from which is a new direct route from London, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.

These all offer unforgettable golfing experiences just three hours from Augusta, making it a popular add-on to any trip to The Masters.

Kiawah Island Ocean Course

Not many people would argue that the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is the pinnacle of golf in South Carolina.

With huge championship pedigree behind it, the famed course which is steeped in history is potentially the closest test you’ll get on a golf course, behind Augusta National, of course.

However, if you’re looking for the best possible option for playing golf on a Masters trip, then this is where you’d go.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Links plays host to the RBC Heritage the week following The Masters, but for anyone heading to the US early for the tournament, you’ll be able to experience this iconic golf course at its best.

Harbour Town Golf Links

With the touch of both Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, the course is equally challenging as beautiful, however, it’s the lighthouse which overlooks the 18th green which really puts it on postcards.

Getting in a round here before heading to Augusta is only going to heighten the excitement for seeing the world’s most unique golf course; a truly remarkable destination.

King’s North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is vibrant, busy and bold, just like the man who revolutionised the King’s North course in 1996, showing every inch of his personality in the design.

And in typical Arnold Palmer fashion, you must play with style and strategy to get the most out of your round, especially with bunkers and water in play throughout.

For a fun, exciting and enjoyable part of your Masters trip, a round at King’s North is sure to hit the spot.

kings north myrtle beach

Golf in Alabama

Slightly further out at a four and a half hour drive, but of course more than achievable with a rental car, Alabama has everything you could wish for in a golf holiday to America.

Not only is it hugely popular with golfers due to the renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, boasting over 11 golf courses, but also has so much to offer away from the fairways.

This is a fantastic bolt on to any Masters golf holiday and gives you the chance to play some seriously challenging golf courses.

Ross Bridge

Ross Bridge is the latest course to be added to the RTJ Golf Trail and is already one of the most sought after courses in Alabama, thanks to its monster layout.

Anyone brave enough to take on the course from the back tees will be faced with nearly 8,200 yards of golf course in front of them, but don’t fear, us mere humans can tee it up much further forward to make it playable.

Oxmoor Valley

Another on the trail is Oxmoor Valley; not quite as long as Ross Bridge at 7,000 yards but equally as impressive, with brilliant level changes and stadium style water hazards throughout.
Expect some of the most spectacular par-5’s in Alabama, with accuracy off the tee pivotal with devastating punishment for wayward shots.

However, as with any course with a Robert Trent Jones influence, you’ll enjoy the challenge regardless of golfing ability and enjoy the innovative design, testing new parts of your game each time.

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