Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 14th
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Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 14th
Almost the entire back nine of Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee, including hole 14, brings Lake Oconee into play. Courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee
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Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 16th
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Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 16th
A green that juts into Lake Oconee makes the 16th hole on Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee quite dramatic and difficult. Courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee
Reynolds Lake Oconee - clubhouse
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Reynolds Lake Oconee - clubhouse
Great Waters, like all Reynolds Lake Oconee golf courses, boasts its own clubhouse. Courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 2 green
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 2 green
Holes on the front side of Great Waters play narrow through dense trees, including the 2nd. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 13
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 13
The 13th hole is a par 4 that heads downhill towards the lake. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bar at Great Waters
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Bar at Great Waters
Great Waters has a fun bar onsite. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 5th
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Reynolds Lake Oconee - Great Waters golf course - 5th
A meandering stream makes the fifth hole the no. 1 handicap on Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. Courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 9
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 9
The first lake hole on Great Waters comes at the 9th, a downhill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 11
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 11
The short, downhill 11th hole at Great Waters features the lake on the left side. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 18
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 18
The 18th hole is a par 5 that hugs water the entire way on Great Waters. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 17
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 17
It's all carry to the par-3 17th hole on Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 2
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 2
The scenic par-5 2nd hole has a pond guarding the green on the right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 5
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Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee - No. 5
The par-4 5th hole is a dogleg left. Look out for "Jack's Bridge" you can walk over on the left side before the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Lakefront scenery abounds on Great Waters golf course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

GREENSBORO, Ga. -- The golf courses Jack Nicklaus designed in the 1990s tended to be bogey-inducing bullies rather than playable buddies. Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee -- his 1992 stunner situated along Lake Oconee halfway between Atlanta and Augusta -- broke the mold.

Maybe it was the remarkable setting that softened The Golden Bear's mean streak, because Great Waters is purely exhilarating and fun to play. Difficult holes -- such as the 422-yard, par-4 no. 5 -- don't define the routing. They merely enhance it, taking a back seat to a collection of scenic lake holes among the best in America. Georgia's second-largest lake makes a grand introduction on the par-4 ninth by guarding the green. After the 10th hole, the waves on the water accompany golfers the rest of their journey.

Certain greens, such as the 11th and 16th, sit at land's end. The par 3s at No. 14 and No. 17 require carries over watery coves. The 540-yard 18th ends any tournament with an epic dose of risk-reward. Great Waters isn't Jack's ultimate masterpiece, but it's close.

Not long after Great Waters opened, it hosted the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf from 1995-97 and paved the way for the WGC Match Play, which is now sponsored by Dell and held at Austin Country Club.

Reaching Great Waters from the National Cottages or the Ritz-Carlton takes about twenty minutes by car. In the summer of 2018, Reynolds is planning a major renovation project to Great Waters with Nicklaus Design that is scheduled to close the course for over a year.

Staff course reviews of Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee: Jason Deegan | Brandon Tucker

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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