Imagine this for a moment — a group of buddies cramped into a small room paying $500 a night for a Hampton Inn in Augusta. There’s a hot poker game and a few of the crew are seated on coolers because there aren’t enough chairs for everyone.
Not taking a shot at the gold folks at the Hampton Inn, but $500 a night is a high for a room you can typically get for $50. $2,000 for a four-night reservation, $1,500 to watch Tiger hack around is a tough pill to swallow… there has to be other options.
. We would like to introduce, Champions Retreat Golf Club.
Just north of Augusta, Champions Retreat Golf Club is a private club every week of the year, except one. Masters week they open the gates, crank up the tunes and have some fun. Part golf resort, part South Beach; from April 3-9, the 27-hole private retreat offers accommodations in luxury rental homes, a lit driving range and putting green for nighttime wagers, fire pits, live music and some damn good Southern culinary cuisine.
There are 27 holes of plush golf: the Arnold Palmer’s Island Nine, Jack Nicklaus’ Bluff Nine and Gary Player’s Creek Nine.
“The Berckmans Place VIP experience at Augusta National was a game changer, those tickets go for around $7,000 each and elevated the Masters experience from a luxury standpoint. We saw that high-level experience model and recreated it off property,” says Cameron Wiebe, general manager. “I’ve seen all the experiences available in and around Augusta and we’re extremely proud of what of we have to offer,” Wiebe told us.
This is how anyone can experience the Masters like a boss. The good folks at Champions Retreat have thought of everything: airport and Augusta National to-and-from transportation, accommodations, tee times, food, drink and Masters tickets.
Three bedroom rental homes in the Champions Retreat neighborhood start at around $5,000 for three nights. 18 holes and all-you-can-eat and -drink (yes, beer and cocktails) from morning until 5 p.m. for four starts at $2,200. Transportation can be scheduled and is included and if you need Masters tickets — they don’t work in this space directly, but can point guests in the right direction.
Ponder this for a moment: accommodations, food, drinks, live music and two rounds of golf for around $10,000, or $2,500 per player for your foursome.
Some guests might want a little more space. Six bedroom homes with golf course views, home theaters, game rooms, home gyms, outside entertainment areas with kitchens, swimming pools and more are also available, but that tab will be closer to $20,000. Want a 2017 BMW and golf cart waiting in the driveway? No problem.
Gourmet dinner options include the “Tour of the South” offered Thursday through Saturday. The themed dinner will feature stations inspired by cuisine from the Low Country, New Orleans. Carolinas, Charleston, Texas, Florida and Keys Caribbean, mid-Georgia and classic southern soul for $125 per person. The onsite Grille House offers an elegant five-course menu created by Executive Chef and Augusta native, Jeremy Miller. Each course is paired with craft cocktails and wines hand-selected by the Retreat’s sommelier, Director of Food & Beverage Doug Snyder.
And of course, the Masters will be displayed throughout the property. Want to hear the kicker? The Red Roof Inn is sold out… there is availability and tee times at Champions Retreat.
To each his own.