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“Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player. Perhaps the three most iconic figures to ever play the game. Between them, 13 green jackets, 34 Major victories and 159 tournament wins. Never before have these three collaborated on a course. It will likely never happen again, making Champions Retreat a singularly unique experience in all the world of golf."
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player came together and each set out to design nine signature holes of championship golf on a masterful course to be sculpted from the foundation of nearly1,200 acres of Georgia pines, long-standing hardwoods, and numerous wetlands along the great Savannah River, in a course to be known as Champions Retreat.
The Bluff Course, designed by Nicklaus, accommodates up-and-downhill play on a course complemented by dramatic shifts in elevation. The Island Course, designed by Palmer, features greens nestled between the Savannah River on one side and the waters of the Little River on the other side. The Creek Course, designed by Player, offeres challenges posed from playing amid the combination of marshes and native hardwoods. This unique design ensures that no golfer could ever get bored from playing here as they are continuously challenged by the courses.