Destination Spotlight – Reynolds Lake Oconee
Tucked into the rolling lake country of Georgia between Atlanta and Augusta, Reynolds Lake Oconee is a refuge of authenticity in today’s been-there-done-that world.
With six world-class golf courses crafted by the likes of Nicklaus, Fazio, Jones, Cupp and Engh, the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, nine distinctive culinary venues, four full-service marinas, swimming pools, 21 miles of pedestrian trails, tennis courts and lovely homes throughout, Reynolds has evolved into a globally recognized resort community and Club, rooted in the welcoming traditions of Southern hospitality.
Now entering its fourth decade of operation, the private lake and golf community remains the biggest landmark in middle Georgia’s lake country and sets the standard in luxury lakeside living.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee:
At the center of the community is The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa that earned AAA Five Diamond and 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star awards.
The serene lakeside shores encircled by native Georgia pines set the stage for a journey of transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.
Drawing inspiration from the lake views and lush landscapes that encompass the waterfront retreat, the resort’s multi-million-dollar renovation has begun and will spring new life into the luxury guest rooms and suites, Ritz-Carlton Club Level Lounge, and guest experiences – all capturing the spirit of an effortless life on the lake.
Luxury merges with Southern hospitality at this stunning 251-room resort overlooking a vast 19,000-acre lake.
Amenities such as Spa, meeting space and outdoor infinity pool, the resort are surrounded by water on three sides, offering commanding lake views. Draped in beds of ivy and edged by towering pines, blooming crepe myrtles and colorful caladiums, the five-story main building fronts the glistening lake, while six separate Cottages by the Lake as well as The Lake House with four master suites overlook the Oconee Golf Course.
Resort guests have full access to a complete gamut of activities and amenities, including a state-of-the-art spa, tennis, two swimming pools, two full-service marinas, hiking trails and 99 holes of championship-caliber golf designed by the greatest architects of the game.
Originally introduced as part of The Reynolds Landing Cottage Collection by Southern Living©, these charming 3- and 4-bedroom cottages make up the heart of The Landing community within Reynolds. First built in 2007 and 2008, The Landing Cottages surround each of the terrific amenities located within The Village at The Landing – an amenity complex consisting of a recently renovated and award-winning clubhouse, golf shop, Bob Cupp-designed golf course, playground, bocce ball and tennis courts, all of which are a short stroll away.
National Club Cottages:
Eight cottages, designed to comfortably accommodate eight, have four bedrooms, 4½ baths, and a full kitchen, as well as two open living spaces and expansive porch areas.
The interiors of the National Club Cottages have a casual yet sophisticated feel, with neutral color palettes, natural woods, and modern touches throughout.
The Cottages are within walking distance of The National Tavern, a craftsman-style farmhouse, complete with open kitchen, inviting bar, a large stacked stone fireplace, outdoor fire pit area, lighted practice putting green, and views of The National, a Tom Fazio, 27-hole golf course.
The Ritz-Carlton features five two- and one three-bedroom “Cottages by the Lake” – ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 square feet – with stone verandas and wraparound porches; as well as the 5,400-square-foot “Lake House,” with four master suites, a formal dining room, a full kitchen and a game room opening to a private, heated outdoor pool.
The Village at Lake Club Pointe:
The 2- and 3-bedroom condos within The Village at Lake Club Pointe provide spectacular golf, water, and woodland views.
In addition, these units are perfectly situated just yards from The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a Peter Burwash International Tennis Center, the Heritage and Nature Center, and The Lake Club Marina. In addition, other clubhouses and amenities are just a short drive away.
Georgia’s –The restaurant offers guests various dining experiences – intimate dining near the fireplace, supping at a rustic communal table and more conventional seating throughout the dining room. This casual bistro specializing in uncomplicated contemporary cuisine with a distinctive Southern twist offers a menu of simple yet tasty dishes capitalizes on seasonally fresh, top-quality ingredients from top Georgia farmers. A private dining room offers an ideal setting for special events and intimate parties. Open for breakfast daily, and dinner is served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (closed on Wednesday and Thursday).
Linger Longer Steakhouse – Located in the Oconee Golf Course Clubhouse adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, this restaurant offers a contemporary menu of American steakhouse classics. An extensive wine list emphasizes reds from around the world, as well as varietals from Georgia’s own Persimmon Creek Vineyards, with more than 40 wines by the glass. Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Barrel Room – With comfortable, overstuffed furnishings in an inviting atmosphere, this spacious spot is the heart of the hotel, with cocktails, drinks and light fare daily. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Gaby’s by the Lake – This outdoor venue offers sweeping views of Lake Oconee, as well as a full menu of casual favorites and cocktails throughout the day. Guests are seated at the water’s edge amidst towering pines and can catch a spectacular sunset most evenings. “Come-as-you-are” attire, lunch and dinner.
Chiminea Dining – Guests enjoy an unforgettable lakefront dinner while relaxing in Adirondack chairs in front of a toast warm chiminea. All dishes are served lakeside and designed for two to share. The experience is $125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and includes one bottle of house red or white wine and a champagne toast.
The Coffee Shop – Offers a snack selection of pastries, Atlanta favorite Honeysuckle Gelato, candy and cold beverages along with a full assortment of Starbucks® signature coffee beverages.
The Pool Bar. Adjacent to the outdoor pool, this lively hub offers light fare and specialty beverages seasonally.
With five signature world-class courses, The Ritz-Carlton is a top golf destination – with 99 holes of golf designed by the game’s best-known architects: Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp. Courses include:
The Landing, 18 holes designed by Bob Cupp
The Plantation, 18 holes designed by Bob Cupp
The National, 27 holes designed by Tom Fazio
The Oconee, 18 holes designed by Rees Jones
Great Waters, 18 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus
Additionally, guests can also hone their skills at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade, under the skilled guidance of academy director Charlie King. Ranked as one of GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers,” King has many years of instructional experience and authored two golf instruction books.
Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds:
The Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, named for the beautiful creek that flows into Lake Oconee and shapes the course’s topography, opened in fall 2017 as a world-class sporting facility with a variety of sporting endeavors.
Reynolds Lake Oconee has created an all-encompassing sporting adventure at Sandy Creek Sports Grounds. There is a 20-station sporting clays course built to simulate the unpredictable and challenging nature of a classic British shoot, with clay targets launched at a variety of speeds, trajectories, angles, elevations, and distances. It can be set up to challenge and entertain all levels of shooters, novice to professional.
Other activities at the new sporting grounds include a five stand (a compact version of the sporting clays course), air rifle and archery, instructional/games area, fishing, canoe and kayaking adventures, and hiking.
Anchoring the Sporting Grounds is the historic Sandy Creek Barn, which was built in the early 1800s and relocated from Pennsylvania to Reynolds 10 years ago. Adding to its current role as a versatile event space for weddings, culinary dining, concerts, and member functions, a portion of the Barn serves as a welcome center and outfitters shop for Sporting Grounds visitors.