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Augusta Ranch Golf Club Review – A Sneaky Good Executive Course

In this Augusta Ranch Golf Club review, you’ll learn why it’s one of the best executive courses in Arizona. Located in the San Tan Valley, this short course in Mesa is great for beginners, juniors, seniors, and anyone who wants to improve their wedge/iron game.

You won’t bomb many drivers, but it’s a great layout, fast pace of play, and they have great practice facilities. Not to mention, they have a great miniature green when you enter the course (picture below) that sets up a fun day of golf.

Keep reading to learn more about unlimited play packages, the best holes, and answers to your top questions. 

Augusta Ranch Golf Club Review 

  • Par 61
  • 3,846 yards 
  • Located in Mesa, Arizona 

Augusta Ranch was rated the best executive golf course by the Arizona Republic and host course of the year by the Women’s AGA. If you’re looking for a quick round on a shorter golf course, it’s hard to beat this gem in Mesa. 

Entrance to Augusta Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, AZ

Practice Facility

For an executive golf course, Augusta Ranch has a great practice facility. In fact, I’d argue it’s one of the best in the valley.

For starters, it has everything you need to work on your game. There is a large putting green and chipping green (with practice bunker) right behind the range.

The driving range is one of the few lighted facilities in the Phoenix area and is a Top Tracer range. Thanks to the ball tracing technology, it makes you feel like you’re at TopGolf for a fraction of the price (this technology is also at Longbow Golf Club and Dobson Ranch as well). You can hit golf balls at one of their 21 bays until well after dark.

Range balls are $20 for a large basket (110–120 balls) or $10 for a small basket (50 golf balls). You can also get a range punch card for $119 that includes 15 punches per card (two punches is the equivalent of a large basket).

Whether you’re warming up before the round or want to work on any area of your game, Augusta Ranch is a top choice in Mesa. 

Course Overview + Conditions 

I first played this golf course in 2022 for the Arizona Golf Association “Short Course” event and loved it. Despite having an executive style layout, it’s in great shape. The greens are pretty flat, straightforward and they always seem to roll well.

Since it’s so short, you can walk the course with ease, but they do have carts as well. If you need to improve your iron and wedge game, this is the place to do it. 

Arnold Palmer quote at Augusta Ranch Golf Club

Noteworthy Holes on Augusta Ranch Golf Club 

Augusta Ranch is only par 3s and par 4s, but still has some good challenges. Here are some of the best holes and strategies to play them. 

Hole 1: Par 4 – 379 yards 

The 1st hole is the longest of the day and will require a driver. It’s a little tight for the first swing of the day, with the range/OB on the right and houses/OB on the left. The second shot plays slightly uphill and has a challenging back to front green. 

Hole 3: Par 3 – 110 yards 

The 3rd hole isn’t long by any means, but it always poses a challenge, even for good golfers. In several tournaments, I’ve seen golfers struggle with distance control and overspinning shots.

Anything long is dead (you’ll be in grass, but it’s a nearly impossible chip). Short, left, and right all have mounds as well, which make for a difficult chip. Add a few more yards as it seems to play uphill. 

Hole 7: Par 4 – 301 yards 

The 7th is a narrow par 4 that is reachable for skilled players. Anything left off the fairway is okay, but might leave a tough chip depending on where it ends up.

The right side of the green is guarded by a huge bunker (the sand is usually pretty good there) and houses right. It’s a massive green with a ton of back to front slope. 

Hole 10: Par 4 – 299 yards 

The 10th hole is a short par 4 and driver isn’t needed (or recommended). Off the tee, you can’t see it, but water looms ahead of the green. 

Hit a layup shot to give yourself a wedge and a good look into the hole. The green is pretty sharp back to front and a good hole to start the back nine. 

Hole 16: Par 3 – 180 yards 

The 16th is one of the harder holes on the course and usually plays into the wind. The bunker short of the green eats up golf balls and left of the green leaves a tough chip. 

It’s also a big green and can have a tough birdie putt if you do find the surface. Par is a good score on this hole. 

Hole 18: Par 4 – 316 yards 

The final hole is a good finisher, with OB and water coming into play off the tee. You don’t need a driver but finding the fairway is a premium. 

Hitting a fairway wood or hybrid is the best choice, but favor the left side (while avoiding the water). If you hit right, you’ll be blocked by the trees and might need to chip out. Make sure to take enough club on your approach, as the green has a good amount of slope and water comes into play if you’re short. 

9th hole at Augusta Ranch Golf Club

FAQs About Augusta Ranch Golf Club 

Do you have more questions about Augusta Ranch Golf Club? If so, keep scrolling through the top questions and answers now. 

Does Augusta Ranch Golf Club have leagues?

Yes, Augusta Ranch has a men’s league, women’s league, and a couples league as well. 

Are there season passes at Augusta Ranch?

Yes, they have the Azalea Pass ($2,500) or the Magnolia Pass which include a golf cart ($3,250). They also have a sunset pass as well, which provides discounts and advanced tee times for afternoon rounds. 

Can you practice at Augusta Ranch?

Yes, they have a great practice facility with a putting green, chipping green, and lighted driving range. 

18th hole at Augusta Ranch Golf Club

Overall Recommendation – 8.8/10

I’m a big fan of this executive golf course and can’t recommend it enough. The par 3s are challenging and there’s enough par 4s to keep up the pace of play. 

Afterward, make sure to check out the Scratch Pub and Grill. It overlooks the 9th and 18th hole, has a small putting green, and great food. 

What do you think about Augusta Ranch?

Let me know in the comments below. 

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