Scenic view of a golf course on Lake Oconee

Golf on Lake Oconee

6 Reasons Why Lake Oconee is a True Golfer's Paradise

From the views to the food, Lake Oconee is an unbeatable golf destination in Georgia. Here are just six reasons Lake Oconee is the perfect place for a golf vacation in Georgia.

Aerial view of golf course at Lake Oconee
Golf at Lake Oconee

1. Unparalleled Views

When you golf at Lake Oconee, the views are captivating. Whether it's views of the lake, the landscape or the beautiful homes surrounding the courses, your golfing experience is enhanced. During an evening tee off, you can even catch the serene sunset in the sky above the courses.

Water hazard on a golf course at Lake Oconee
Golf at Lake Oconee

2. Award-winning Architects

The courses at Lake Oconee feature unique designs by premier golf course architects Tom Weiskopf, Jack Nicklaus, Bob Cupp, and many more. From wooded holes to waterfront holes and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re not an expert at holes on the water, don’t worry! The variation between different types of holes make it enjoyable for all skill set levels and golfer preferences.

Golfer at Lake Oconee
Golf at Lake Oconee

3. Six World-class Courses

It's always nice for a change of scenery and the challenge a new course can bring to golfers. At Lake Oconee, there are six courses to choose from. The courses are located in different parts of Greensboro surrounding beautiful areas of the lake. The courses and some of their awards are listed below.

Harbor Club Golf

  • Named one of the Top 10 Golf Courses in the State of Georgia
  • “One of the Southeast’s Top 50 Most Distinctive Courses,” Golfweek Magazine 

The Landing at Reynolds Lake Oconee

  • “America's Top Golf Courses” Zagat Survey
  • “Readers' Choice Award - Top Private Courses,” Golf World
  • “Best Courses You Can Play – Georgia,” GOLF Magazine

The Preserve at Reynolds Lake Oconee

  • “10 Best New Courses,” GOLF Magazine
  • “Best Places to Play,” Golf Digest

Great Waters at Reynolds Lake Oconee

  • “Top 100 You Can Play,” GOLF Magazine
  • “Best Courses You Can Play – Georgia,” GOLF Magazine
  • “Golf Course of the Year,” Georgia Golf Course Owners Association

The Oconee at Reynolds Lake Oconee

  • “Top 100 You Can Play,” GOLF Magazine
  • “Best Resort Courses,” Golfweek Magazine
  • “50 Best Courses for Women," Golf for Women
  • “Best Courses You Can Play – Georgia,” GOLF Magazine

The National at Reynolds Lake Oconee

  • “Best Courses You Can Play,” Golfweek Magazine
  • “Top 20 "Best in State,” Golf Digest
  • “Best Courses You Can Play – Georgia,” GOLF Magazine

Family dining at Lake Oconee
Dining at Lake Oconee

4. Dining at the Course

Playing 18 holes can work up an appetite! Lake Oconee is home to unique dining options, and the best part is a lot of the restaurants overlook the golf courses. Eighty8 Kitchen and Cocktails serves breakfast and dinner overlooking The Preserve. For a romantic date night after a day of golf, Linger Longer Bar & Grill is perfect with its views of The Oconee.

If you are in the mood for seafood, then visit Overlook at Great Waters. For a casual lunch in between holes, Reynolds Landing Clubhouse at The Landing is a great spot.

Aerial view of Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

5. Luxury Lodging: The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

If you’re planning a weekend getaway full of golf, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the perfect lakeside resort for you. With spectacular lake views, dining options, and a spa, it’s a great place to leave reality behind. After a long hot day of golfing, be sure to take a dip in the resort’s infinity pool or take a nap on the beach.

Golfers at Lake Oconee
Golf at Lake Oconee

6. Kingdom of Golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee

The Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade offers world-class instruction, club fitting, training and more. Whether you’re looking for the perfect swing or custom clubs that fit you perfectly, PGA Professionals and experts in golf are there to help! Want to expand your skills and become a better player? The Kingdom of Golf offers private and group setting lessons. There are also golf schools to experience the ultimate golf instruction.

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Published: March 2024
Written by: Logan Scott
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