Arizona Golf Courses – Augusta Ranch Golf Club
You won’t drive up Magnolia Lane, but you will enjoy the Magnolia Room at Augusta Ranch Golf Club, which offers a golf experience that’s well above the norm for executive courses. This 18-hole, par-61 layout is well known for its family atmosphere, friendly service, great playing conditions and a traditional design that offers plenty of challenges.
For several years, it has been the host course for the Arizona Golf Association’s East Valley Short Course Championship and drew rave reviews from the Arizona Women’s Golf Association after holding its Short Course Championship at the Mesa facility.
Augusta Ranch, which tries to have fun with its name and namesake, has billed itself as “The Augusta that welcomes women,” and the AWGA supported that notion by naming it their “host course of the year.”
The AWGA praised the course’s facilities, condition and hospitality as a tournament host. Augusta Ranch has endeared itself to its golfers and community through its various programs, such as night golf, free movie nights, enrollment in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and charity events, which have raised more than $230,000.
Most important to golfers, of course, is the layout that was completed in 1999, takes pride in its condition and requires the type of strategy and shot-making they might face on longer, championship courses.
Augusta Ranch bookends the challenge with the first hole, a 379-yard, par-4 being the No. 1 handicap hole and the 18th, a 316-yard, par-4, being the No. 2 handicap hole. Designed by Bill Phillips, who also designed Lake Powell National in Page, the front nine features four of the six par-4 holes on the course. Between the 1st and the 18th plan on using every club in your bag, because all the shots are here.
When your round is finished, sample the fare at the Magnolia Room, where you will find prints of magnolia blossoms and Amen Corner on the walls, then relax at the outdoor pavilion, which provides splendid views of the picturesque surroundings. It’s always great golf, great service and great fun at Augusta Ranch Golf Club.
It’s “All Things Arizona Golf” from the Arizona Golf Authority.