Augusta 2With The Masters just around the corner all eyes are on the players at the top of the game. Who will be world number one by the time a trip to Augusta rolls around? Will Tiger be in the hunt following fresh speculation surrounding his troublesome left leg? Can Lee or Luke, who have been sharing the top spot in golf for a while now, manage to bag their first majors? Whatever the outcome we can be sure of one thing…Augusta National will be the star of the show!

Now you may never get the chance to strut your stuff on the world’s most famous fairways but there are a few courses in the UK which could be described as Augusta-esque…here are five of our favourites that you can play on a golf break this year.

Stoke Park

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Designed by Harry S. Colt, one of England’s most esteemed architectural names, Stoke Park offers golfers 27 spectacular holes and the grandiose nature of the club and estate reflect the exclusivity of the famous Augusta National. Lightning fast greens, towering trees that line the fairways and gorgeous blooms of flowers are also reminiscent of the famous Georgia club and the par 3 7th is even said to have been the inspiration for the famous 12th, also known as Golden Bell, at Augusta.

Woburn

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Woburn boasts three beautiful championship courses but it is perhaps the Marquess that is most similar to the famous Masters host. Built on a great expanse of land, the Marquess is the grandest of the three Woburn courses and with the sun on your back you may just feel like you’re in Georgia itself. Add to the mix the top class conditioning of the course and you have the perfect recipe for an Augusta-like experience in the UK.

Slaley Hall

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Of the two courses at Slaley Hall the Hunting Course is most reminiscent of Augusta. Winding its way through towering trees and banks of beautiful rhododendrons, which are prominent around Augusta, the Hunting Course offers golfers many different challenges, but shaping the ball and being creative is certainly an advantage.

Brocket Hall

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Brocket Hall is home to two magnificent courses but the Palmerston is a closer representation of Augusta than its sibling, the Melbourne. Donald Steel’s creation winds its way through mature Corsican, Scots and Hornbeam pine trees, and is a challenging par 73 test. Natural undulations have been used to great effect on the Palmerston and constant changes in elevation keep golfers on their toes from start to finish. When Brocket Hall is drenched in sunshine there aren’t many places in the South of England that can compete.

Blairgowrie

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Described by Old Tom Morris as, “the most beautiful inland course I have ever seen”, the Rosemount Course owes much to designer James Braid, who was influenced by architect Dr. Alistair McKenzie who just so happens to have designed…yep…Augusta National! The Rosemount winds its way charmingly through the pine and silver birch trees, and the abundant heather which, when in full purple bloom, acts as an able substitute for the colourful azaleas that are so prevalent at Augusta. The stately home also adds to the overall experience at Brocket Hall and goes some way to providing a taste of the exclusive nature of the famous Masters home course.