Reynolds Lake Oconee Getaways Recap
Playing three golf courses, getting clubfitted and shooting a few clays, this Golf Advisor Getaways Trip covered it all for the more than a dozen guests who traveled to Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga.
Situated around the 19,000-acre Lake Oconee between Atlanta and Augusta, this all-encompassing community resort is the perfect escape for anyone looking to play a little golf, fish, shoot a few clays and dine at terrific restaurants. With accommodations that range from luxury cabins right on the course to the Ritz-Carlton Oconee, our getaway guests got a terrific sampling of what Reynolds Lake Oconee has to offer.
It started with a meet and greet at the National Tavern, a gastro-pub for refined Southern comfort food and cocktails with a large patio and fire pit and putting green where our group mingled and got to know each other before playing the first round of golf the next morning.
And Round 1 came on the resort's acclaimed Oconee Course, a wonderful Rees Jones design that finishes on the lake with plenty of picturesque holes in between.
The second round was played on the course right next to our initial meeting place, The National Course, but not before the group got to do something extraordinary, and that was to get fit at Reynolds' own TaylorMade Kingdom of Golf.
This is the same experience TaylorMade's tour pros go through at the company's headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. And Reynolds is the only other location – and only location available to the public – for this unique and comprehensive experience.
Guests were dynamically fitted throughout the bag, from driver to putter; not only using the latest technology like Trackman, but also seeing the real results at Reynolds fully grassed driving range. Each participant, as part of the package, was able to get a new driver, and in many cases, that new driver could be built right there on the spot at TaylorMade's tour trailer at Reynolds to use for the next round.
In between golf, though, the group was able to play a different kind of round on the shooting course at Sandy Creek Sporting grounds.
Named for the beautiful stream that flows into Lake Oconee and shapes the property’s topography, Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds is under the design direction of international shooting champion Justin Jones of Great Britain, one of the world’s foremost experts in the development and management of elite resort shooting facilities. The facility features a 20-station sporting clays course, a five-stand shooting range, a sporting clays instructional and games area, an air rifle range and an archery range.
And finally, the group got to play the exclusive Creek Club, which is normally only available to Creek Club members. This Jim Engh design is one of the most imaginative courses you'll ever see. Crazy greens and corridors, elevated tee shots and perfect conditions made for a memorable experience. One attendee signed up for this trip in part just for the opportunity to play the Creek Club, which is exclusive to members and not ordinarily available to resort guests.
All the while, guests stayed at the resort's luxurious cottages of the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. The cottages offer all the comforts of home with individual bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, overlooking the golf courses or woodlands. The Ritz-Carlton option is simply one of the country's best lake resorts, offering guests a refined yet relaxed ambience in an environment of casual elegance and attentive service.