11 Courses to Golf in Georgia’s Lake Country

Hole 5 of Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Eatonton

Hole 5 of Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Eatonton

With the Masters quickly approaching, golf is on everyone’s mind. Georgia’s Lake Country is home to 11 golf courses, and each one offers a unique experience to the golf enthusiast.

1. The Plantation in Greensboro was designed by noted architect Bob Cupp, along with U.S. Open Champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green.

2. Reynolds Landing in Greensboro was the original course built at Lake Oconee and boasts 18 championship holes also designed by Bob Cupp. Golfweek and The Atlanta Journal have ranked this course “Best in State.”

3. Great Waters in Eatonton is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course that introduced the Golden Bear’s design work to Lake Oconee in 1992. Consistently ranked among the Top 100 courses in the nation, Great Waters earned the distinction from LINKS Magazine as one of the “10 most significant and influential courses of the past two decades.”

4. The National in Greensboro was designed by Tom Fazio and freshly renovated in the spring of 2014. This course offers 27 holes, including water views.

The 18th hole at the Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

The 18th hole at the Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

5. The Oconee in Greensboro is defined by a dramatic routing along the Lake Oconee shoreline. This Rees Jones design is a true risk/reward layout.

6. Harbor Club in Greensboro was the first design for award-winning architects Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish built east of the Mississippi. It was recently named 3rd Best Course of 2016 by Golfweek.

7. Cuscowilla in Eatonton is perfect for golfers who are up for a challenge. GOLF Magazine rated Cuscowilla “#19 Top 100 Courses in America you can play,” for 2009.

8. The Creek at Hard Labor in Rutledge is one of the State of Georgia’s public courses and offers a natural design without houses or human encroachments.

9. Uncle Remus Golf Course in Eatonton is a nine-hole public course and was designed by Bubba Ellis.

10. The Little Fishing Creek Golf Course in Milledgeville was designed by Gary Player and features 6,700 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.

11. The Milledgeville Country Club was designed by George Cobb, the infamous designer of the par 3 course at Augusta National.

Holes 2 and 3 at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro

Holes 2 and 3 at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro

For more information, visit galakecountry.com or download the Georgia Lake Country app.

hannah-wilcherHannah Wilcher graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in advertising. She has been the tourism coordinator for Visit Lake Oconee for the past two years and is passionate about Georgia’s Lake Country and all that it has to offer residents and visitors. She currently resides in Eatonton with her husband and two children. She spends all of her free time with her family and friends enjoying life on Lake Oconee.

Exploring Historic Downtown Greensboro and Lake Oconee

DSC_0008Quaint and charming are two words that immediately come to mind when describing historic downtown Greensboro. Even though the destination is located between Atlanta and Augusta, once you set foot on Main Street, you’ll think that you’ve stepped back in time – and that’s a good thing.

IMG_6059As you spend hours (or half a day) meandering through the various shops and antique stores, not only will you come across some “must-haves” but also residents who exemplify a strong sense of community and southern hospitality.

You can’t go wrong with anywhere you visit, but you definitely don’t want to miss Genuine Georgia, where you can purchase something made by artisans from the state. Time your visit right, and you may see an artist working on their craft. You can play the part of a picker when you visit Greensboro Antique Mall. With all of the browsing and shopping, you are sure to work up an appetite. You can’t leave downtown without visiting both The Yesterday Cafe and The Potted Geranium. Ask for a slice of buttermilk pie at The Yesterday Cafe, and chance are you might take home a whole pie to share. Enjoy sipping tea in an antebellum home at The Potted Geranium.

IMG_6058If you have an interest in history, Greensboro doesn’t disappoint in this aspect, either. While walking on Main Street, you’ve already passed a piece of history, ‘“The Big Store” J.H McCommons Company. This was the largest retail store between Atlanta and Augusta, and sold nearly everything. Like in many southern towns, the courthouse is a historic building. Build in 1849, the structure is an example of Greek Revival. Behind it is the Old Gaol, which if you are time-crunched this is a must-see. It’s believed to be the oldest existing jail structure in the state, and had remained basically the same since the early 1800s. It was last used in 1890. There is also the Greensboro City Cemetery, featuring unique stone and iron work. It is filled graves of prominent Georgia figures, a Revolutionary War solider and more.

DSC_0123And when it comes time to relax, there’s golfing just minutes away from downtown as well as Lake Oconee (Georgia’s second largest lake) and the many opportunities to explore it. If you really want to indulge, consider staying overnight at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.  The 251-room property located on the banks of Lake Oconee is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. Book a spa treatment, visit the pool or sit at the lake  -do all three or none at all. Enjoy a meal at one of their many restaurants. One thing is for certain, you aren’t going to want to leave anytime soon.

aprylWatkinsville, Ga.-based freelance travel writer and blogger Apryl Chapman Thomas enjoys traveling throughout Georgia and the Southeast to discover what all the region has to offer. You can read more of her work at Southern Hospitality Traveler Magazine (southernhospitalitymagazine.com) and Exploration Travel Magazine (explorationtravelmagazine.com), and by end of the month at her own travel blog, Southern Trippin, southerntrippin.com.