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This spring’s Masters golf tournament will not be the same without Arnold Palmer, who passed away in September at age 87. However, you can pay tribute to the King at Champions Retreat, a unique 27-hole course with nines designed by Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. The 11-year-old club is located 15 miles from Augusta National Golf Club in Evans. Although mostly private, the club offers tee times to the public only during Masters week (green fees start at $2,200 for four players and include a caddie).
However, the most enticing opportunity at Champions Retreat might be staying in one of the club’s 16 cottages. Ranging in size from four to eight bedrooms, the homes are owned by individuals, corporations, and the club itself. Sale prices range from $500,000 to $1.4 million and include club membership. Rental rates vary. The newest cottage, the eight-bedroom Sweetwater, will rent for as much as $55,000 during Masters Week.
The Grille House provides food service for guests and owners, either in the dining room or delivered to cottages. Located along the Savannah River, the club also offers fishing. A new party barn provides a venue for special events.
This article originally appeared in our Spring 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.