World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach (courtesy)
There's simply no duplicating the Bobby Jones and Alister Mackenzie masterpiece, Augusta National.
But that isn't to say we haven't tried, again and again.
You can find duplications of holes from Augusta all over North America. For legal purposes, they're usually described as 'inspired by' holes with just enough tweaks to keep green-jacketed lawyers at bay. But make no mistake, these courses are trying to offer a little slice of exclusive Augusta to everyone.
Private Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club near Orlando is believed to be the first replica course with Augusta featured, offering two-thirds of 'Amen Corner' as well as the par-3 16th.
Out in Texas, Tour 18 Houston boasts Amen Corner on its front nine, whereas Tour 18 Dallas closes with Amen Corner.
Part replica course Northern Bay Golf Resort in Wisconsin serves up two Augusta holes: the par-5 13th and the 16th – only condos line this version of the par 3.
Wooden Sticks in the suburbs of Toronto is an interesting replica course that has both replica holes and very loose holes built in the style of famous courses like Pine Valley. Augusta's 12th and 13th are played here, including a white, Masters-style scoreboard standing permanently behind the 13th green.
World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach, S.C. offers the most holes of Augusta at its 27-hole course: Amen Corner in its entirety (though Myrtle Beach can't simulate the steep downhill slope of the 11th hole) – as well as the 16th.
So, who needs the real thing?