Why did Arcis Golf acquire the Champions Retreat Golf Club?

By: October 17, 2023

Arcis Golf has recently acquired Champions Retreat Golf Club (since 2006) near Augusta, Georgia. Foley & Lardner LLP represented Tower Three Golf Champions Retreat LLC, a subsidiary of the private equity firm Tower Three Partners.

Champions Retreat Golf Club, a 27-hole private club located just 15 miles from Augusta, brings together the creativity of three icons of the game: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player.

Each designer masterfully sculpted his own nine signature holes of championship golf—Bluff (Nicklaus), Creek (Player), and Island (Palmer)—set among 365 acres of Georgia pines and wetlands along the Savannah River.

Champions Retreat Golf Club is the only property in the world with individually designed courses by the “Big Three.”

Champions Retreat Golf Club - Island Three

The club’s irreplaceable offering creates an unmatched lifestyle hub for members and guests. The beautifully designed four-to-eight-bedroom cottages, which each feature a chef’s kitchen and spacious entertainment areas, provide on-site lodging and the perfect accommodations for a family getaway or a golf trip with friends.

Hospitality options include the Grille House, an ever-changing menu centered on Southern flair, and Bluff Overlook, an intimate gathering spot with expansive views from a wraparound deck.

The Barn—a 10,000-square-foot member and event venue—serves as the central gathering spot for club events and is preferred for family celebrations, weddings, or business gatherings.

Champions Retreat Golf Club Bluff course Hole 6

Along with paying homage to golf’s greats, Champions Retreat Golf Club supports the game’s future by hosting the first two rounds of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur held every year in late March and early April, which the club has done since the event’s inception in 2019.

The final round of the tournament is played at Augusta National Golf Club.

With this acquisition—Arcis Golf’s first in Georgia—the company expanded its presence to 14 states. Champions Retreat Golf Club’s Bluff/Island layout is ranked #10 in Georgia on Golf Digest’s most recent “Best in State Courses” list.

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This is Arcis Golf’s 14th club acquisition in less than two years, having acquired the Pacific Life portfolio of three nationally recognized golf courses, including Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, in June.

In addition, since 2019, the company has purchased Dominion Golf Group (five private clubs) and Mickelson Golf Properties (three resort/daily fee and three private clubs), and in 2014, 46 properties from CNL Lifestyles Properties.

Arcis Golf now has nearly 70 clubs in its portfolio.