Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
- ALSO GOOD FOR
- Five restaurants / spa / tennis / fitness center / pools
- 1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642
TravelogueThere’s a reason that the Masters ignites a fire in most golfers, and Lake Oconee — about 85 miles west of Augusta — provides a taste of that same simple rustic perfection. The resort combines warm Southern hospitality with the luxurious amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton brand, all packaged into a sprawling retreat just a short drive from Atlanta. There’s so much to see and do at Lake Oconee it’s difficult to know where to start. Five championship golf courses offer wide variety as they wind through the woods and water, from Jack Nicklaus’s redesigned Great Waters to Rees Jones’ risk/reward lakeside design, The Oconee. Outdoor-lovers will earn their trips to the spa by trekking miles of hiking and walking trails, playing tennis, fishing or paying a visit to Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, which has a deep selection of shooting challenges. The kids’ camp will keep your little ones entertained, while the handful of eateries will keep your belly happy. Indulge in Georgia’s home-cooked vibe; a prime cut at the Linger Longer Steakhouse; casual fare at Gaby’s by the Lake; or a romantic table for two at Chiminea Dining. At Lake Oconee, there’s something for every taste. Nicklaus Companies and GOLF.com are affiliates of 8AM Golf.
6 things you need to know
1. Best time to go:It’s tough to beat springtime in Georgia.
2. Daily stay-and-plays start at:$420
3. Golf experience:Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Bob Cupp designed the five courses on the property.
4. Best non-golf amenity:Georgia’s pairs a casual dining vibe with dynamite locally-sourced ingredients for a distinctly Southern meal.
5. While you're there:Explore Lake Oconee’s extensive trail system, whether for a morning run or an evening stroll.
6. Insider tip:Every night at 8 p.m., enjoy free s’mores by the campfire at the Backyard.