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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.

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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4.9
4 Reviews (4)
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worthy of all the accolades

Great Waters makes its name on almost ever list of places to play. The course (and the resort) is worthy of all the accolades. This is a Jack Nicklaus design and it is typical of his work.

To me, it seems that Nicklaus always allows the player an option to "bail out" of difficulty. That long par 4 where you can lay up short and not be in the water or the par 3 where short right won't put you in a deep bunker. I played this course during a scramble tournament so I did not get the full pleasure of my normally errant shots but the wonder of the course was nonetheless evident.

I have played 3 courses at Reynolds (and a few other non-Reynolds courses in the area like Cuscowilla) and this, by far, is the most pristine and challenging one.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/17/2017

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
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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