Augusta Pines Golf Club: Former PGA Tour Champions host near Houston, Texas hasn't lost its luster

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.

Sep 07, 2016

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.