In 1999 the concept of Champions Retreat was born. Sculpt 27 holes of championship golf from 365 acres of skyward Georgia pines, long-standing hardwoods and wetlands. Sprinkle in luxury accommodations to include hardwood flooring, charming fireplaces and welcoming porches and create a unique golf environment down the road from the Augusta National. Gary Player chose the Masters Champions Dinner in 1999 as his setting to recruit Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to share in the creation of this dream.
As the Big 3, they were the most iconic figures to ever play the game. Between them, 13 green jackets, 34 Major victories and 159 tournament wins. Never before had these three each created their own individually designed course at one property, making Champions Retreat a singularly unique experience in the world of golf and their collective efforts by 2005.
- Arnold Palmer
- Jack Nicklaus
- Gary Player
With the foundation for an amazing property laid, Champions Retreat began a transformation in 2014 under the new ownership of Bill Forrest. The vision to further elevate Champions Retreat through improvement of the courses to create national caliber playing surfaces, ensure elevated, bespoke hospitality, beverage and service, as well as control the methodology through professional management was the focus.
Since 2019, Champions Retreat has been adding the new generation of Champions. Jennifer Kupcho’s win of the Inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, followed by Japan’s Tsubasa Kajitani win in 2021 have furthered the lore of a breeding ground for championship golf. Future Augusta National Women’s Amateur events are to be played at Champions Retreat in 2022, 2023 and 2024. In addition, six touring Professionals call Champions Retreat home, representing the PGA, Champions and Korn Ferry Tours. Both Luke List and Scott Parel boast victories in the past 3 years.