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Forest Hills Golf Club

This beautifully designed course welcomes golf lovers for a truly classic experience

Originally designed by Donald Ross and built in 1926, Augusta University’s Forest Hills Golf Club encompasses a beautiful and classic style. “When you're on our golf course, it's like you've stepped back in time a little bit,” says Dan Elliott, PGA general manager and director of golf at Forest Hills. “It's got a very old Augusta look, not like the modern-day golf courses where it's white sand, water, and wide-open space. Our course is nestled in the pine trees, with rolling fairways and undulating greens; that's what sets us apart.”

Over the years, Forest Hills has been host to some legendary golf moments. “In 1930, we hosted the Southeastern Open, which was played thirty-six holes here and thirty-six holes at the Augusta Country Club,” shares Dan. “Bobby Jones played in and won that tournament quite handily, and we all know what happened that year…. it was the same year he won all four majors as an amateur. He has been quoted as saying it was the best tournament that he's ever turned out and that it was his best performance ever.”

This semi-private club, which serves as the home course of the Augusta University men’s and women's golf teams, carries a membership of approximately two hundred and fifty members while also being open to the public for play. “We do have members that pay monthly dues and receive member privileges like advance tee times and special discounts in the golf shop,” says Dan. “We also host a monthly member tournament series that runs from February to November. In addition to club memberships, we are open to the public who can play here as daily fee players. We welcome guests, including those for Masters play.”

The Club’s close vicinity to the Augusta National makes it a great option for golfers who, during Masters week, want to go to the tournament and play a round or two of golf themselves. As is par for the course in Augusta each spring, you never know who will show up to hit a few balls. “We still get some stars here during Masters week; they'll come out and hit range balls or come out late in the afternoon,” shares Dan. “It's kind of neat how we've been tied to Augusta National in that way.”

In addition to course play, Forest Hills offers a practice green, driving range, and golf instruction provided by two on-site PGA professionals, all of which are available to members and the public. Both groups of golfers and singles are always welcome. Depending on the time of day and demand for tee times, singles may be paired with a group for play. Although you can set up a visit through the website, Dan suggests you give them a call. “We always prefer personal interaction,” he explains. “By calling the golf shop, guests can ask questions and that allows us to set expectations and make their visit a personal experience.”

The Grille, Forest Hill’s on-site eatery, offers signature sandwiches, salads, cold beverages, and a relaxed atmosphere. Carts equipped with GPS and Bluetooth capabilities are also available for rent. However, Dan says, “The golf course is in excellent shape, and it's well maintained. It's a joy to play and easy to walk.”

Forest Hills is currently home to the Valspar Augusta Invitational, the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, and the Augusta City Amateur golf tournaments. For more information about club membership or to set up a guest visit, call the golf shop at 706-733-0001 or visit