Augusta Pines Golf Club
Excellent conditions, massive facilities, good but not great golf course
Before you even tee it up you'll be taken aback by the massive clubhouse and practice facilities, all of which are first rate.
The course was in great shape in February, and the greens rolled very smooth, fast, and true. It's a good looking course that manages to play through housing without it being obtrusive. Very wide from the tee, it's playable and not particularly difficult. If you're an architecture junkie you'll probably find several elements to pick on. The green contours are one dimensional. While some slopes are severe, there's not much internal movement to the greens; you'll hit a lot of putts pretty much at the hole.
Another design issue I didn't love was the repetitive use of water in and around the greens. I counted 11 holes where water was in play on your approach, including all the par 5's and all but one par 3. All the par 5's will be 3 shot holes most of the time, which means 4 layups; kind of boring.
Still, the good outweigh the bad. It's a pleasant golf course and one that I would happily play again.
March 1, 2015