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4.3
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.7
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7 out of 7 reviews
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4.3
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4.0
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3.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.7
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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3 out of 3 reviews
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4.5
4 Reviews (4)
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4.3
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Layout
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Amenities
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4.5
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4 out of 4 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7029 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.5

The Oconee, designed by Rees Jones, offers a true championship risk/reward experience along the shores of Lake Oconee. The golf course challenges players with exceptional views and tempts them to shorten holes by taken a more direct route over tree-lined doglegs or watery inlets. Water elements such as the lake and interior creeks and ponds come into play on nine holes, including each of the final four, which bring rounds at The Oconee to a dramatic close.

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways 419 Bermudagrass
Greens Champion Bermudagrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rees Jones (2002) Greg Muirhead (2002)

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

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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Reviews

4.5
7 Reviews (7)
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4.0
First Time Playing

Way overpriced for aerated greens

Good course, fun design with lots of elevated tees which I liked. However, paying $200 for punched greens is outrageous- definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. I would expect a steep discount when the ball is bouncing along and frequently thrown off course the intended line.

Obviously if you’re staying at the Ritz and are a golf nut like me, you’re kind of at their mercy so make sure to plan around the aeration schedule.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
New Jersey Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course but Pace of Play a Bit Slow

First, do not use my fee rate as an example of what you will pay., it was women's golf month so it was a special fee to encourage women to play! I was a guest of a friend that retired to Reynolds and was told the regular rate was $250 for guests staying at the Ritz. And, if you do a discovery package (if you consider moving to Reynolds), golf is part of the package so check out that deal.

It is a beautiful course - just check out the two photos I uploaded to Golf Advisor.

The course was in great condition expect the greens had sand on them from some type of treatment (not punch holes from aeration) that made them a a touch bumpy but not as bad as if they were aerated.

The big lesson I learned is that there are a lot of uneven lies so practice you shots with the ball above and below your feet before you play!

The reason I gave it a 4 Star overall instead of 5 was for pace of play. There was a foursome with a caddie (which my friends said means they were resort guests not residents) in front of us and it slowed us down but then again if they paid $250 each to play, I get them taking there time.

Overall, a beautiful place to visit and play golf!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing golf facility and beautiful golf course

This was my first time playing The Oconee at Reynolds Plantation. I love the course and the conditions were amazing.

At each hole I found myself saying, "this is a beautiful golf hole." The course and scenery is beautiful. Several views of Lake Oconee. The conditions were fantastic. The greens were firm, smooth and rolled true with lots of undulations, slopes and tricky breaks. This is one of the best courses I have played in several years. It ranks right along all the top courses (Blue Monster, Ocean Course, TPC Sawgrass, etc). I could and would play this course every week. Simply great!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Oconee Course arguably Reynolds' best

First off, The Oconee Course is simply beautiful. At almost every turn, the routing is solid and interesting, and there are lots of beautiful water features, including streams, waterfalls, ponds and lake views. Conditioning is also top notch and the greens were perfect the day I played them. This is certainly one of Rees Jones' best layouts. I didn't find one single hole boring. I could play this course every week. In fact, I've liked this course more each time I've played it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun at every turn, The Oconee is solid throughout

If you're looking for a course with generous fairways, interesting holes and terrific conditioning, then come to Reynolds and enjoy any of the courses here. The Oconee Course, however, is exceptional. Designed by Rees Jones, the course offers great views of Lake Oconee with a magnificent set of par 3s as well as good risk-reward holes. Arguably, it's the best layout at the resort, holes 1 through 18.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

The Oconee rates as the other must-play at Reynolds Plantation

To most people, the Oconee is the second-best course at Reynolds Plantation behind Great Waters. I'm guessing my three-star rating for conditioning would have been higher if I hadn't played the course in February one week after an ice storm AND an earthquake.
The movement of the land and feel of the course reminds me of Treetops in northern Michigan. Both are beautiful places.
The final two holes bring Lake Oconee into play, the 17th on the right side and the 18th along the left. They're the highlights of the day.
The food in the Linger Longer Steakhouse in the clubhouse is worth sampling after the round.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A Ritzy Gem

Reynolds Plantation is one of those destinations for a true golfer. The whole community itself has everything a die hard golfer could want, golf, golf and more golf... Oh yeah and a TMAG Kingdom fitting location for the equipment/fitting lovers out there located at the Oconee range.

The Oconee course itself is connected to the Ritz Carlton resort. You experience true southern hospitality and charm the moment you step on the property. The resort is an easy 5 stars. Located on Lake Oconee the hotel as well as the course offers spectacular lake vistas throughout.

It is a Rees Jones design, where he has routed along the Lake Oconee shoreline on many holes. Utilizing the lake as well as creeks and ponds he has offered up some great risk/reward opportunities throughout your round. Elevation changes, mounding and bunkers are not only appealing to the eye but makes you think as you go around all 18 holes.

It is a par 72 and can get to just over 7,000 yards. The greens are bermuda grass and it has received many accolades including making the best resort courses and top American courses lists.

The course you may have seen on TV as it hosts the Chic-fil-a Bowl Challenge. A fun event for coaches and former athletes from SEC and ACC schools. In watching that you can see the average amateur can get around and enjoy the course.

This will be a place you enjoy and want to come back to.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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