The Oconee Course, designed by Rees Jones (courtesy Reynolds Plantation)
About halfway from Atlanta to Augusta is another golf paradise that Georgians have known about for a few years, and many who attend the Masters are calling it a home away from Magnolia Lane.
Reynolds Plantation, which is located in Greensboro, Ga., has six golf courses, five of which are open to resort guests. The courses are designed by some of the best in the business – Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Rees Jones, for example. These courses and the 16,000-acre resort wrap around the shores of beautiful Lake Oconee, which also provides the ideal location for fishing, boating and hunting.
Many who attend the Masters now use Reynolds Plantation as a home base. According to Liza Kubik, director of public relations at the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, the demographics during Masters week change from families and couples to groups of men, who often split tickets to the Masters. While one group is away watching the tournament, the other half might be playing golf in the morning at Reynolds Plantation and catching the Masters in the afternoon on TV. Then the guys reverse roles after a day or two.
Of course, the whole time they're at the Plantation, they're staying in style. The Ritz-Carlton, with its exquisite dining and accommodations, has a rustic hunting lodge feel. And recently, the hotel's spa was named fourth best in the nation by Conde Nast Traveler.