Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters
|Three (W)||72||6069 yards||75.4||139|
|Four (W)||72||5667 yards||72.8||134|
|Mixed (W)||72||5272 yards||71.2||130|
|Five (W)||72||5107 yards||70.2||128|
|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|
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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.
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.
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/
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.