For a golf enthusiast, there’s simply nothing better than a trip to Augusta in April. From the blooms to the food, timeless traditions and the classic sport of golf create a masterful and iconic experience. But a trip to Georgia is not the easiest, and securing tickets can be even more challenging, which is why we’ve put together an itinerary embodying the spirit of Augusta in April, right here in Richmond.

Peter Millar polo shirts with JMU and University of Richmond logos

Francos Fine Clothier

Dress the Part

While they may not sell green jackets, Franco’s Fine Clothier has an extensive array of Peter Millar polo shirts and pullovers that look as good on and off the course. Plus, unlike in Augusta, you can get one with your favorite Virginia college.

Independence Golf Club front exterior

Independence Golf Club

Tee Off at Independence Golf Club

Nothing makes you appreciate how top players have mastered the sport of golf quite like trying it yourself. Tee off your weekend with a round of golf at Independence Golf Club. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just looking to enjoy a day on the course, this public course provides the perfect setting to honor the game’s traditions.

three tubs of Birdie's pimento cheese sit in front of a golf cart in the grass

Birdie’s Pimento Cheese

Indulge in the Classics

No Augusta experience is complete without an iconic pimento cheese sandwich. Pick one up from Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Montana Gold Bread, or make your own sandwich with Birdie’s Pimento Cheese. Prefer an egg salad sandwich? Grab one from Westwood Fountain or make your own with a tub from Ukrop’s Market Hall.  For a heartier option, pick up a pork BBQ sandwich from The Smoky Mug or ZZQ. For snacks, don’t forget some Three Sisters Cheese Straws and while Richmond may not have a local potato chip, a bag of Capital Chips tortilla chips is perfect for scraping any leftover pimento cheese.

When you’re ready for something sweet, grab a classic chocolate chip cookie from Tablespoons Bakery or Red Eye Cookie Co.

Close-up of an azalea bloom

Joseph Bryan Park

Experience the Blooms at Bryan Park

Few flowers are more synonymous with the game of golf than the vibrant pink bloom of the Azalea. Take a leisurely stroll through Bryan Park’s Azalea Gardens to admire the azaleas in full bloom.

peach tripel from hardywood in front of an azalea bush

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Toast to the Pros

After a day of golf, good food, and exploring, unwind by watching the tournament broadcast. Pick up some Georgia-inspired Peach Hibiscus Syrup from Crescent Simples and make your own cocktail at home or pick up a Peach Tripel or Southern Peach Suncrush from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.