Champions Club At The Retreat

2.2940352941 2.3 stars from 5 (315)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6745 yards
  • Slope: 145
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts must have a collar and sleeves. Golf shirts with a golf mock will be accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6745 yards 73.9 145
Blue 72 6277 yards 71.7 139
White 72 5757 yards 69.4 133
White (W) 72 5757 yards 75.5 147
Combo 72 5313 yards 72.8 140
Red (W) 72 5073 yards 71.5 135

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2017.

The Champions Club at the Retreat was carefully carved from the canyons that surround the Cleveland National Forest. The golf course closely follows the natural contours and depressions of the landscape, providing a variety of elevation changes with which to contend. The undulating greens usually have multiple tiers and the hills and valleys guarantee a few blind shots and forced carries. Your shots won't need length necessarily, but they will need to be straight. Each hole offers not only a unique design thanks to the diverse terrain but also different, equally stunning views. To make this formidable golf course more playable for a wider range of skill levels, a 2011 renovation took out 16 punishing fairway and greenside bunkers but there are still plenty there to provide a challenge.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.2 stars from 5
Value: 2.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 2.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 315 Reviews
5 stars:
81
4 stars:
134
3 stars:
57
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

241 out of 313 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"This course is permanently CLOSED"


Tracon7700's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Sadly this course closed, yet they still maintain a website and answer the phones. I called yesterday and the person that answers the phone said they were closed indefinitely and didn't have any information if they will ever reopen thengolf course again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Bring extra golf balls!"


jldcpa's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course has an amazing layout with fantastic views. The course conditions doesn't match the layout, as most holes were not properly irrigated.

Lastly, this course is very challenging as most holes play very tight and require that you carry the ball either 150+ yards from the tee or 100 yards over a canyon. Any deviation will result is loss of golf ball.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




u5482554's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Champion Retreat"


windeck66's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great golf course and facility

Friendley staff

Great experience

Eddie


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great views and challenging course."


gergolf1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Arrived early and met courteous desk clerks. Also the friendly starter, let us start half hour earlier due to gap in other groups. Pace of play just great.

Terrific views from elevated tees, could lull you into playing too relaxed. The course is challenging and demand precise stroke play. Miss the fairways and say goodbye to your ball, down the deep gulley or thick barranca bush. So choose your clubs and your shot wisely. For example, driver not required on 9' or 10. The front 9 is tough. Then you face the back 9, this is tougher. Had a great time despite the challenge. Looking forward to my next round to play a bit smarter and lower my score.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A real test"


Tony1Putt's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Where do I begin, from hole#1 to the finish it was an amazing test of golf skill. Amazing views, even more amazing and challenging holes. Thinking if you hit a very good tee shot you would breathe easier but not so. Wonderfully protected and elevated greens, multi-bunkered with amazing elevation changes, this is a supreme test of golf. Though the greens were recently aerated they still rolled true if not at their peak speed. (thank God!) If you want a round with amazing photo opportunities, dazzling hole views and elevations and a test of your skills ,this is the place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good"


u000004500659's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started us on the back 9. When we made the turn they had sent a 4 some out the front 9 in front of us. Created a slight logjam for about 2-3 holes. Group behind us right on our tails thinking we slowed down, let them know it was 4some in front of us. Tough layout, definitely penalizes wayward tee balls. Great views of the mountains and canyons. Don't play here unless you've brought your A game or you don't care about losing balls. Lots of forced carries and narrow landing areas


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Trenton"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Recorders good time very difficult bagel read rattlesnakes running about pretty interesting


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pace"


Steven7875609's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather was good pace was slow got to 10 log jam played front 9 over got in 18!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



JINMIM7783429's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Breath-takingly beautiful."


Douglas7143514's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Slope rating is off the chart. Played the course at 6,221 yards, seemed like 7,200.

Beautiful vistas with challenging shot making. Not a course for the sub-average player.

Desparately needs attention, however still a very, very beautiful course.

A must play when in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"What was Jack thinking?"


John6319461's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course designed ny Jack Nicklaus has a very unisusal layout with many uphill and downhill holes that play very difficult for the average golfer. The greens are well kept but very severe and difficult to play on many holes. There is trouble left and right on most holes so accuracy is a must. Fun for the better golfer but much too difficult for the average player. This course needs a redesign for better playabily and fairness


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u5753270's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


workforgolf9's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Best looking cart girl in the I.E (Brittany)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"doble booking"


u641071125's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our tee time was double booked and were asked to play with other people. We did not expect this arrangement and did not enjoy the golf simply we were not accustomed to playi with other golfers who are much better than us.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Need a second round"


u000003911484's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you are playing this course for the first time....good luck. Various elevations and layout will drive you crazy and will cost you more than a few golf balls. Fairway conditions average, greens good shape. This course needs to be played a second time I believe to get the full enjoyment of a round as there are way too many blind shots and calculating distances can be a factor. If you are not comfortable with heights, you may want to opt out as not only will this test your golf game but your cart driving abilities winding through the canyons.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




babybird's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Yep."


dmonr2012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A challenging course with plenty of elevation changes and interesting and challenging holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course very challenging"


mrfern's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course in a private community. Directions lead you to the gate and guard sends you down the road to the clubhouse. Very nice and friendly staff. The course if really beautiful and challenging. Bring a dozen balls to donate to the course as the play is through the canyons and hills. (I lost 12 and fairway roll of aggressive play will have you loosing balls) The tee box and fairways are in perfect shape and well taken care of. Greens are multi tier and really fun to play. A serious course for a super fair price. Golf carts had rang finders. A+++ course. Only gripe is no coffee in the early morning is available so bring your own. Club house cafe was open at the turn and was able to get coffee and food. Overall very impressed on how nice the staff was as well as how well manicured the course was. So fun but really challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice"


Juan9133750's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great course, its in great shape. Ill be back soon!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course