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Champions Retreat Golf Club

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Champions Retreat
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Champions Retreat in Evans, Georgia
Club information
Champions Retreat Golf Club is located in the United States
Champions Retreat Golf Club
Champions Retreat Golf Club is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Champions Retreat Golf Club
Coordinates33°30′N 82°10′W / 33.5°N 82.16°W / 33.5; -82.16Coordinates: 33°30′N 82°10′W / 33.5°N 82.16°W / 33.5; -82.16
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LocationEvans, Georgia, U.S.
Elevation160–310 feet (50–95 m)
Established2005, 16 years ago
TypePrivate
Owned byWilliam D. Forrest
Total holes27
Tournaments hostedAugusta National Women's Amateur
(2019–present)
GreensBentgrass
FairwaysRyegrass
Websitechampionsretreat.com
Designed byArnold Palmer,
Gary Player and
Jack Nicklaus

Champions Retreat Golf Club, is a 27 hole, private golf club, located in Evans, Georgia, United States 14 miles from Augusta National Golf Club. It is the only course in the world with three nines designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player, the Big Three of Masters fame who combine for 13 Masters titles, 34 Major victories and 159 tournament wins.

In 2019, the course began co-hosting the Augusta National Women's Amateur along with Augusta National Golf Club.[1]

History[edit]

The Big Three of Golf - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player (from left to right)

Champions Retreat was founded in 2005.

At the 1999 Masters Champions Dinner, Gary Player recruited Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to develop Champions Retreat. The three nine-hole courses inhabit a former untouched timber plot and are built around an Island, a Bluff, and a Creek. With three distinct properties to choose from, Gary Player handled the designation of the land by writing “Island,” “Creek” and “Bluff” on the back of three index cards. Arnold Palmer had the most seniority and had played in more Masters than Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player, so he selected first. He drew the “Island” card. Jack Nicklaus drew second since he had won more green jackets than Gary Player and pulled the “Bluff” card, leaving Player with the “Creek” property.

Augusta National Women's Amateur 2019[edit]

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur was announced in April 2018 by Chairman Fred Ridley during his annual press conference at the Master's Tournament. The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature an international field of 72 players. Invitees were determined by awarding winners of other recognized championships and using the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Champions Retreat Golf Club hosted the first 36 holes over two days on Arnold Palmer’s Island nine and Jack Nicklaus’ Bluff nine. The entire field then plays Augusta National for an official practice round followed by the final round taking place at Augusta National. The final round features the top 30 competitors who made the cut. In the event of a tie after 54 holes, the winner will be decided by a sudden-death playoff.

“Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energize those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National.” — Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Master's Tournament

NBC Sports provided pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel delivered the highlights, live reports, and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat.

Augusta National Women's Amateur 2020[edit]

Augusta National Women's Amateur 2020 didn't take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Augusta National Women's Amateur 2021[edit]

In a statement issued on January 12, 2021, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced that the Club intends to conduct the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals as scheduled. Both of these competitions also intend to host a small number of patrons. Augusta National Women's Amateur 2021 is scheduled to take place from March 31st - April 3rd.[2]

Facilities and grounds[edit]

Champions Retreat is acclaimed as one of the best golf properties in the United States [3]. The property encompasses more than 365 acres of Georgia pines, long-standing hardwood, and wetlands.

Island[edit]

5th hole of the Island Course

The Island Nine at Champions Retreat shares the personality of Palmer’s architectural vision. The course is flanked on one side by the broad Savannah River and on the other by the Little River. The hardwoods and pines along the riverbank have been preserved and the fairways have been raised to take advantage of the vistas overlooking the marshy waters.

Bluff[edit]

8th hole of the Bluff Course

Numerous mounds and rolling hills are seen throughout the Bluff course, with mature Georgia pines spread throughout. Very little dirt was moved during the construction process allowing the course to fit within the existing terrain and its surroundings. There is a great deal of variety in the routing, featuring uphill and downhill shots, as well as a balance of right-to-left and left-to-right holes. The Bluff course was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Creek[edit]

9th hole of the Creek Course

The Creek course provides many opportunities for an experienced golfer. Designed by Gary Player the opening four holes play in a wetland area while the remaining part of the course moves upland through native hardwood trees. Adding difficulty, the ninth plays over and around a large lake on the right, allowing players to finish with a variety of shots.


References[edit]

  1. Pennington, Bill (April 4, 2018). "Augusta National Takes an Unexpected Turn Toward Women's Golf". The New York Times.
  2. "2021 Masters to be Conducted with Limited Attendance". Masters. January 12, 2021.
  3. "The Best Golf Courses in Georgia". Golf Digest. June 7, 2019.

External links[edit]



Category:Masters Tournament Category:Golf clubs and courses in Georgia (U.S. state) Category:Golf clubs and courses designed by Alister MacKenzie Category:Sports venues in Augusta, Georgia Category:Sports venues completed in 2005 Category:2005 establishments in Georgia (U.S. state)

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