Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters

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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7073 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.1
Great Waters, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is the dramatic signature layout that helped place Reynolds Lake Oconee on the map when it opened in 1992. True to its name, Great Waters intertwines with Lake Oconee more than any of the other five courses at Reynolds. The first eight holes begin with a parkland-style layout through rolling hills and thick forests. The beautiful ninth hole introduces the golfer’s first glimpse of the lake, only preparing them for the final eight holes of panoramic views and challenging shots along Lake Oconee. Great Waters is a “must play” for anyone visiting Reynolds Lake Oconee.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
One 72 7073 yards 74.1 140
Two 72 6581 yards 72.0 135
Tournament 72 6348 yards 71.3 133
Three (W) 72 6069 yards 75.4 139
Three 72 6069 yards 69.7 131
Four 72 5667 yards 67.8 124
Four (W) 72 5667 yards 72.8 134
Mixed (W) 72 5272 yards 71.2 130
Mixed 72 5272 yards 66.2 120
Five (W) 72 5107 yards 70.2 128
Scorecard for Great Waters Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
One M: 74.0/138 409 507 432 186 422 522 466 223 392 3559 409 349 559 434 186 416 457 164 540 3514 7073
Two M: 71.9/133 391 480 410 169 387 495 403 206 376 3317 380 314 521 408 164 409 427 146 495 3264 6581
Tournament M: 71.2/132 391 480 382 169 357 495 361 184 376 3195 355 314 489 377 164 409 404 146 495 3153 6348
Three M: 69.6/129 W: 75.3/137 371 447 382 152 357 472 361 184 359 3085 355 277 489 377 118 352 404 137 475 2984 6069
Four M: 67.7/122 W: 72.7/132 329 447 335 143 357 472 318 154 306 2861 317 314 426 322 118 352 355 127 475 2806 5667
Mixed W: 71.1/129 329 447 335 143 243 400 318 154 306 2675 317 277 426 322 118 268 355 127 387 2597 5272
Five W: 70.1/126 329 390 335 117 243 400 318 130 306 2568 317 260 426 322 99 268 355 105 387 2539 5107
Handicap 9 17 5 15 1 13 3 11 7 4 16 10 6 18 14 2 12 8
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 13 5 15 9 3 7 17 1 2 14 6 12 18 16 4 8 10

Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Tif Way 419 Bermudagrass
Greens MiniVerde Bermudagrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1992)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire. Collared shirts only for men. No bathing suits, tank tops, jeans, cut-offs.

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Handicap 5-9
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Fabulous lakefront Nicklaus setting

Like my colleague Jason Deegan alludes to in his 2014, review, I think what makes Great Waters so excellent is that the design blends wonderfully into the rolling land and lakefront property. The front nine begins with anticipation: "When, exactly, am I going to see the lake?"

The front nine meanders through rolling, densely forested terrain, and once you tackle the long, par-3 8th hole, the lake reveals itself in a big way on the elevated tee of the 9th. The routing really never leaves it after that, if only for brief moments. It's a very wet, drama-laden finish that I compare a bit to Edgewood Tahoe.

Reynolds is planning a big renovation with Nicklaus design in the spring of 2018. I didn't see a whole lot that needed to be tweaked besides some pesky overhanging trees. I'll be curious to hear details when it's announced.

We played the course just a few weeks after overseed, so the grass was really wet, but the greens were some of the smoothest I'd seen in a long while. A real joy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Golf Course, Very Scenic, Bad Value

This was a very good golf course, in a beautiful place. Almost the whole back nine is on the lake.

The conditioning was also a 10.

That said, it is not a great golf course in my opinion that warrants a $260 USD green fee.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2017-11-17T20:03:14.000+00:00

Reynolds definitely has a price structure that encourages stay and plays over a la carte public play. With a big membership, that makes sense. There's a package right now that is $330 that gets you two days of unlimited golf and a night's stay. Definitely brings down the $260 cost. https://www.golfadvisor.com/golf-packages/18744-top-100-unlimited-golf-at-reynolds-lake-oconee/

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Take on Lake Oconee at Great Waters

Great Waters is the undisputed star of Reynolds Plantation. Jack Nicklaus brings the lake into play one shot after another on the back nine. The views are just a byproduct. The front nine doesn't introduce the water until the ninth hole, but it's got plenty of fine holes as well. There are streams and ponds and tree-lined adventures. The best attribute of Great Waters is probably what's not there. Nicklaus wisely stepped aside and let the setting run the show. He never got overzealous with adding bunkers or mounding or extra design elements that weren't necessary. That ultimately keeps it playable and enjoyable for all, something Nicklaus didn't always deliver in that era.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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