Best golf courses to play around Augusta during Masters week

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Best golf courses to play around Augusta during Masters week

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Best golf courses to play around Augusta during Masters week

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is so named because the windfall from the Christmas shopping season supposedly puts retailers in the black for the year.

For courses in and around Augusta, Ga., Masters week is roughly their equivalent to Black Friday.

Even the area’s private clubs throw open their doors to visitors during Masters week, offering more playing options for individuals, small groups and large outings. These tee times, of course, come at a premium. You know how it goes – they have the limited supply, you have the ample demand.

With that in mind, here are some of the best places to play around Augusta during tournament week.


Aiken Golf Club

Aiken, S.C.
This might be one of the best golf deals you’ll ever find, Masters week or otherwise. Aiken GC dates to 1912, and like so many courses of that era, Donald Ross’ fingerprints are on it. It’s said to be the first U.S. course to have built tees specifically for ladies. The club has survived some tumultuous times – Depression, city ownership, a return to private ownership – before the layout underwent a total makeover 20 years ago. It only tips out around 5,800 yards but is a sheer delight – especially for the $30 weekday green fee.

Masters week rate: $100/player
Aikengolfclub.net
(803) 649-6029


Champions Retreat

Evans, Ga.
The name says it all. This friendly 27-hole club was the product of a rare design collaboration between Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, who combined for 13 Masters victories. During Masters week, Champions Retreat offers luxury rental homes and live musical guests. It also has an expansive culinary program and facilities to accommodate large groups.

Masters week rate: $2,200/foursome (Monday-Tuesday, Sunday); $2,500/foursome (Wednesday-Saturday); rate includes forecaddie base fee (but not tip), cart fee, taxes, and all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast and lunch.
Championsretreat.net
(706) 854-6960


(Forest Hills Golf Club)

Forest Hills Golf Club

Augusta, Ga.

This 1926 Donald Ross design serves as the home course for Augusta University. It tips out at 7,140 yards and is known for its generous fairways.

Masters week rate: $160; $50 replay rate; $80 twilight rate
Theforesthillsgolfcourse.com
(706) 733-0001


Goshen Plantation Golf Club

Augusta, Ga.
This is one of the better deals around Augusta, given Goshen Plantation’s decision to cut its Masters week rate in half. What players get for their money is a 1968 Ellis Maples parkland design that tips out at 7,400 yards.

Masters week rate: $50 (includes cart)
Goshenplantation.com
(706) 793-1035


Jones Creek Golf Club

Evans, Ga.
Located just northwest of Augusta, this is a Rees Jones design that underwent some fine-tuning by Tom Fazio. It also is home to the Jones Creek Golf Center, which has sheltered hitting bays, V1 video analysis and Flightscope 3-D motion-tracking technology.

Masters week rate: $150 (Monday) $225 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Jonescreekgolfclub.com
(706) 860-4228


Mount Vintage Golf Club

North Augusta, Ga.
Mount Vintage opens the week with Armed Forces Appreciation Day on Monday for the troops from nearby Fort Gordon. Those Monday shotguns are just the start of some pretty serious programming here during Masters week. That includes bourbon tastings Tuesday, Macallan tastings on Wednesday, local microbrews Thursday (are you starting to sense a theme here?), a wine tasting Friday and a margarita mixer Saturday.

Masters week rate: $200/person Monday-Tuesday;
$250/person Wednesday-Sunday
Mountvintagegolf.com
(803) 279-5422


Palmetto Golf Club

Aiken, S.C.
Located just across the state line, Palmetto arguably has a more interesting history than Augusta National. The first four holes were laid out in 1892, and Herbert Leeds eventually completed the remaining 14 holes with an assist from James Mackrell, the club’s original pro. In subsequent years, Donald Ross and Alister MacKenzie played a role in modernizing the design with irrigation and grass greens. It still has the quaintness and quirks that we love in the great classics. Then there’s the 1902 clubhouse, designed by Stanford White of Shinnecock Hills fame, that oozes the history of the place.

Masters week rate: $250 per player (includes cart, range balls, lunch and taxes)
Palmettogolfclub.net
(803) 649-2951


The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation

Aiken, S.C.
This 36-hole facility has a Jack Nicklaus design and a Fuzzy Zoeller-Clyde Johnston collaboration. Founded in 2002, the club has a lovely clubhouse
with an impressive culinary program.

Masters week rate: VIP Package is $370 per person Tuesday-Saturday (includes unlimited golf on day of play, complimentary bar, exclusive access to VIP Masters suite, and more); Club Package is $225 Monday, Sunday and Thursday shotguns (includes cart, lunch)
Thereserveclubatwoodside.com
(803) 648-1601

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