REYNOLDS LAKE OCONEE
Situated on 10,000 acres, a comfortable distance between the stimulating city pace of Atlanta and the revered tradition of Augusta, Reynolds Lake Oconee is a vibrant community with a highly regarded identity of its own. It is a world apart, but never far away.
While larger Georgia cities are within an easy drive, nearby towns offer superb shopping and dining experiences, as well as nearly two centuries worth of culture and history. Reynolds, established in 1988, is surrounded by the majestic Lake Oconee and its numerous recreation options that enhance the community’s aesthetic appeal.
Members and resort guests of Reynolds Lake Oconee enjoy a caliber of golf excellence that few communities can match. Six courses have been crafted by the most sought-after names in golf course design. With 117 holes draped across natural rolling hills that create subtleties to make each shot unique, there is an endless variety and a rewarding challenge waiting at every fairway and green.
Reynolds Lake Oconee has been named the “Best of the Best” Golf Community by Robb Report, as well as earning elite status as a golf resort, featuring The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, opened in 2002. Reynolds Lake Oconee has earned the Platinum Medal Resort award from GOLF Magazine and is ranked among the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Digest Magazine.
“Not only do we have the best collection of golf courses in Georgia,” said Mark Lammi, Vice President of Golf Operations at Reynolds Lake Oconee, “but one of the most impressive in the world, all right here.”
The golf experiences at Reynolds Lake Oconee combine variety, challenge and pure joy in a rare collection of courses that reflect each architect’s passion and character. Together these iconic figures form a “Mount Rushmore” of golf architects, their creative likenesses molded into every fairway, bunker and green at Reynolds. Five of the six courses are open to resort play, each part of a premier collection of designs:
- The Landing pioneered the golf industry on Lake Oconee when the Bob Cupp design opened in 1986 (originally as Port Armor Golf Club).
- The Plantation Course, also a Cupp design, was the first course at Reynolds Plantation, established in 1988, and has recently been renovated.
- The Great Waters Course introduced the legendary Jack Nicklaus to Lake Oconee, debuting in 1992 and renovated by Nicklaus in 2010.
- The Oconee Course is an idyllic Georgia sanctuary, with designer Rees Jones providing a pure, undisturbed setting for an authentic golf experience since 2002.
- Tom Fazio designed all 27 holes at the National golf course, the first two nines in 1997 and the third in 2000, returning to oversee a remodeling project in 2104.
Since MetLife assumed ownership in 2012 of Reynolds Lake Oconee, as well The Ritz-Carlton resort, the New York-based financial conglomerate has invested in extensive renovations at the South’s premier lakefront golf destination. Nearly every facet of the award-winning residential golf community has been enhanced.
The AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions is the latest of elite championship golf events to be played at Reynolds Lake Oconee.
Numerous PGA Tour winners have played in the annual Linger Longer Invitational, one of the top men’s collegiate championships each spring: Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Chris Kirk, Harris English, Russell Henley, Brian Harman and Kevin Kisner (Georgia), Brooks Koepka and Jonas Blixt (Florida State), and Kyle Stanley (Clemson), as well as European Tour winner Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State).
Some of the greatest players in the game competed in the PGA Tour’s Anderson Consulting World Championships – the precursor to the World Match Play Championship – at Great Waters from 1995-1997. Greg Norman won in 1996, with Colin Montgomerie beating Davis Love III in the finals in 1997. Ernie Els was among the final four in 1997, as well.
Other prestigious events at Reynolds Lake Oconee include:
- PGA Professional National Championship at Great Waters and The Landing (2008)
- NCAA Match Play Championship at Oconee (2007)
- PGA Cup (USA vs. Great Britain) at Oconee (2007)
- Big Break Invitational at Great Waters (2014)
- Georgia Open at The Landing (2006)
Besides all there is to enjoy on the golf courses at Reynolds, there is plenty to fill the days here. With 19,000 acres and 374 miles of shoreline Lake Oconee is Georgia’s second largest lake, and provides some of the state’s best fishing along with swimming, boating, skiing, camping, picnicking and water skiing.
Other amenities include four full-service marinas and The Lake Club Wellness and Tennis Center. Members can relax by the pools, play a few sets of tennis on either soft or hard courts, take an aerobics class, work out or enjoy outdoor sports and shows.
Delectable dining and casual atmospheres are available at the Great Waters Overlook Room, The Landing Clubhouse, and the new National Tavern.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is surrounded by water on three sides, offering commanding lake views. It features a recently-renovated Spa, meeting space and outdoor infinity pool. The five-story main building fronts the glistening lake, while six separate cottages, as well as The Lake House with four master suites overlook the Oconee Golf Course. Resort guests have full access to a complete gamut of activities and amenities at Reynolds Lake Oconee.
Reynolds is easily accessible via major highways and interstates. The Greensboro Regional Airport provides private plane and jet landing capabilities along with on-site helicopter landing facilities. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the busiest facilities in the world, is roughly 75 miles from Reynolds.
The mission of Reynolds continues to focus on providing a special place of dramatic natural beauty and recreational possibilities. Here, members have everything they need to create lasting memories, to forge new friendships, and to cherish family connections.