Host of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur
Dallas, TEXAS (October 12, 2023) — Arcis Golf—the second largest and fastest-growing owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States—has acquired Champions Retreat Golf Club near Augusta, Georgia. The transaction closed today; Arcis Golf assumes operations on October 13.
Champions Retreat, 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 is the only property in the world with individually designed courses by the “Big Three.”
“The exceptional facility, courses, and amenities add a new dimension to our differentiated collection of private, daily fee, and resort properties. We are uniquely positioned to offer best-in-class golf and innovative programming and content that appeal to the entire family,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf. “Champions Retreat directly aligns with our strategy of owning and operating preeminent properties and our unwavering commitment to grow the game of golf and transformational lifestyle experiences.”
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 a preferred location for family celebrations, weddings, or business gatherings.
Along with paying homage to golf’s greats, Champions Retreat 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 expands its presence to 14 states. Champions Retreat’s Bluff/Island layout is ranked #10 in Georgia on Golf Digest’s most recent “Best in State Courses” list.
“It has been an immense privilege to see Champions Retreat grow to the stature it holds today,” said Bill Forrest, previous owner of Champions Retreat Golf Club. “The exceptional golf experience will continue to be enjoyed by members, guests and players from all over the world for years to come.”
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.
Since its founding in 2014, the company has invested more than $100 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to enhance the golf and club lifestyle at its collection of private, resort, and daily fee clubs. The company has received numerous regional and national honors, including a National Golf Foundation “2023 Top 100 Businesses in Golf.”
The “Round Up” initiative and partnership with Els for Autism Foundation is one of the numerous ways Arcis Golf promotes a corporate culture of giving and social responsibility. The company supports dozens of local, regional, and national causes, including education, health care, military, adaptive golf, community programs, and grow-the-game initiatives. “Since the company’s inception, we have been committed to the broader communities we serve,” concluded Walker.
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About Arcis Golf
Arcis Golf is a premier operator of golf facilities and has a portfolio of nearly 70 public and private golf clubs in the United States. An industry leader, Arcis Golf continues to transform its portfolio of golf clubs into inclusive, lifestyle hubs with dynamic programming and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages.
Arcis Golf is also known for innovative management, with a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumers and that appeal to the entire family with more choices in all areas of their lives. The company is committed to enhancing service levels, amenities, and content to broaden the appeal for members and guests at all its properties. Headquarters: 8343 Douglas Avenue, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75225. Phone: (214) 722-6000. Website: arcisgolf.com.
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