SPRING, Texas -- Host of the PGA Tour Champions' Administaff Small Business Classic (now the Insperity Invitational) from 2003-2007, semi-private Augusta Pines Golf Club remains one of the Houston area's best public plays.
The course was designed by Tour 18 Inc., which opened the original Tour 18 Golf Course in Humble. Augusta Pines, as the name implies, is a mixture of features inspired by the layouts at Augusta National and Pinehurst.
The par-72 course measures more than 7,000 yards from the tips, and there are five sets of tees. Water can be found on more than a third of the holes, making for some good risk-reward par 5s. The shortish, par-5 18th is such a hole, with an island green a tantalizing distance away on good tee shots in the fairway.
Augusta Pines Golf Club is also known for its magnificent, two-story veranda clubhouse, which provides an imposing backdrop to the 18th hole.