Stafford Golf CoursesFor Washington-area players, a trip to Augustine Golf Club in Virginia is like seeing an old friend who suddenly looks robust after a long illness. After closing in 2010, Augustine re-opened with little fanfare in April 2012. Irrigation and drainage work was extensive, roughly 1,000 trees were removed, and greens and bunkers were redone. The once-great course isn't quite what it used to be, but it's definitely recovered and poised to regain its original stature.Billed as "the public's country club," the beauty of the land at Augustine Golf Club, near Washington, D.C., is unmistakable, and course designer Rick Jacobson made good use of it. On most of the tees, you can see the entire hole, including where the bunkers and hazards are. There really aren't any blind shots.