To truly escape and completely recharge is only possible when you know everything is taken care of down to the smallest detail. At Champions Retreat, we understand the value of down time and we are purveyors of it in its highest and truest form. When you stay here, you want for nothing. It’s the perfect intersection of service and solitude, realized in handsome cabins dotting one of the most beautiful and varied tracts of land in the American South.
Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player. Perhaps the three most iconic figures to ever play the game. Among them, 13 green jackets, 34 Major victories and 159 tournament wins. Never before have these three collaborated on a course. It will likely never happen again, making Champions Retreat a singularly unique experience in all the world of golf.
Gary Player chose the 1999 Masters Champions Dinner as his setting to recruit Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to share in his dream of a 27-hole, private golf club located in the golf capital of the world – Augusta, Georgia.
During the design phase of Champions Retreat, Palmer, Player and Nicklaus looked to the unique features and typography of the former Canal Lumber holding to guide their plans.
Since there were three distinct properties to choose from the question of “Who got what?” quickly arose. Gary Player decided to handle the designation of the properties “scientifically” and wrote “Island,” “Creek” and “Bluff” on the back of three index cards. Arnold chose first because he was the senior of the group and had played in more Masters than Jack or Gary. He drew the “Island” card. Jack drew second since he had won more green jackets than Gary and pulled the “Bluff” card, leaving Gary with the “Creek” property.
These three great golf legends came together and designed nine signature holes of championship golf, sculpted from the foundation of nearly twelve hundred faultless acres of skyward Georgia pines, long-standing hardwood and wetlands along the great Savannah River. Champions Retreat is the realization of their collective vision.
The recipe for a solid event is equal parts grace and generosity. These are the foundation upon which we build any gathering at Champions Retreat. We know great food and great drink, but we also know this: A good host is a great entertainer. That’s why we continually challenge ourselves to create events for our members and guests that surprise and delight them. We measure success in memories and making those that last is our goal.
Whether it’s a tournament, a tasting or a barbecue, all our events are created around the concepts of community and camaraderie. We don’t know where the inspiration for the next party will come from, but we do know it’s gonna be a good time.
While every round is the individual versus the course, a far more satisfying game is often found in challenging a friend. The nines at Champions Retreat are both demanding and encouraging, offering great play to golfers of all abilities.
One of the most unusual and beautiful tracts of land in the South: a perfect canvas for a course unparalleled in vista and vigor. The three nine hole courses at Champions Retreat inhabit a former untouched timber plot and are built around an Island, a Bluff, and a Creek.