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Why Georgia’s Lake Country Should Be the Next Place You Travel

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10.07.19

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Reynolds Lake Oconee is a gorgeous lakeside residential community; start with a visit.

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In Georgia’s Lake Country, the days are lush and leisurely. In the mornings, mist rises from the water and birdsong echoes through the pine forests, beckoning visitors outside to kayak, fish, or golf. Afternoons are perfect for poolside cocktails with friends or a yoga class before dining on elegant Southern cuisine. This is truly living like you’re on vacation.

It’s here, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, along the banks of Georgia’s second-largest lake, that you’ll find Reynolds Lake Oconee. This exclusive, 10,000-acre residential community features six award-winning golf courses; four private boat marinas; extensive sporting, dining, and wellness options; and a sumptuous, 250-room lakefront Ritz-Carlton resort. It has long been a favorite destination for discerning vacationers, and with 1,000 luxurious waterfront homes—including the newly debuted, highly sought-after neighborhood, Horseshoe Bend—Reynolds Lake Oconee also attracts home buyers looking for their own little piece of Lake Country paradise.

Here are just a few of the attractions that make Reynolds Lake Oconee a magical experience.

Beautiful Lake Oconee
The second-largest lake in the state of Georgia, 19,000-acre Lake Oconee is an aquatic playground of supreme natural beauty. Its 374 miles of shoreline abound with launching areas for water activities of every kind, including quiet explorations by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard; fishing excursions for largemouth, white, and striped bass; and high-speed fun with Jet Skis, wakeboards, or water bikes (which let you actually pedal across the lake surface). Reynolds Lake Oconee’s four full-service marinas offer watersport rentals to short-term guests, as well as docking and maintenance for the private boats of community Members.
World-Class Golf

Reynolds Lake Oconee boasts six championship golf courses that are continually ranked among the best in both the state and the country. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters course has won particular accolades; aside from being ranked one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by GOLF magazine, it has been described by LINKS magazine as one of the “10 most significant and influential courses of the past two decades.” The course reopens in October after a major renovation to modernize it, increase playability, and improve year-round playing conditions. Additional courses designed by Tom Fazio, Bob Cupp, Jim Engh, and Rees Jones—along with one of only two Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade instruction and equipment centers in the country—make the community a true Eden for golfers.

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Premier Sporting and Spa Facilities
For health-minded guests and residents, Reynolds Lake Oconee provides an array of options for pursuing fitness and wellness. In addition to 21 miles of trails for running, biking, and walking along the lakefront and through fragrant pine forests, the community has a tennis facility—with 16 impeccably maintained clay and hard-court tennis courts—that the U.S. Tennis Association has designated as one of the top 50 in the country. There’s also the 100-acre Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, which includes a 20-station sporting-clay range; a state-of-the-art fitness complex with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools; and 90 different fitness classes (from spinning to yoga and Pilates) available every week. Those who like pampering can indulge at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort’s sumptuous 27,000-square-foot spa, which has an indoor pool, saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, and an extensive menu of wellness and beauty therapies offered in a suite of private treatment rooms.

Superb Southern Dining
Home to 10 different dining options—ranging from casual poolside cafes to elegant supper clubs—Reynolds Lake Oconee offers residents and guests a wide variety of gastronomic pleasures. Start your day off at Eighty8 Kitchen, which offers hearty breakfasts of griddle cakes and egg dishes. Enjoy Gaby’s by the Lake, an alfresco patio at The Ritz-Carlton resort serving casual comfort food—including barbecue, tacos, and handmade pizzas. And in the evening, head to The Creek Club, a sophisticated members-only space for refined seafood and steaks accompanied by Southern-style craft cocktails.

Come to Visit...Or Stay
Planning a visit to Reynolds Lake Oconee couldn’t be easier. Accommodations at the onsite Ritz-Carlton resort allow guest access to a range of amenities and activities within the club community. For those who’d like a real taste of what it’s like to be a Reynolds Lake Oconee resident, a curated selection of homes, cottages, and condos are available for vacation rental. And if you’re interested in buiding your dream home or buying and moving right in, homesites are available from $100,000–$2.5 million, and homes range from $400,000–$5 million+.

Come find your Lake Country bliss; arrange your visit to Reynolds Lake Oconee today.

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