EVANS, Ga. -- For 51 weeks out of the year, 27-hole Champions Retreat is a private club. But during the Masters in April, this impeccably conditioned course with perfect bentgrass greens is open to the public at a premium price..,
Located just 20 minutes or so from famed Augusta National, there are three nines at Champions Retreat, designed by Masters champions Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). Between the three of them, they have won the Masters 13 times as part of their 34 major victories.
It was, in fact, Player's idea in 1999 to recruit Nicklaus and Palmer to design the course at the club, located just outside of Augusta on the Savannah River. With three different topographies to choose from, each nine is distinctly different.
The Bluff has more elevated tees and pronounced doglegs.
The Island is flanked by the Savannah River on one side the Little River on the other. One of the most beautiful spots on the entire property is the stretch between the fourth and sixth holes, where the Savannah is in full view.
And finally, the Creek plays through wetlands, hardwoods and around a large lake.
Pictured here are Champions Retreat's Bluff and Island golf courses. The Creek was shut down for renovations, but will be open in plenty of time for the 2017 Masters.