Reynolds Plantation - Best Golf Community of the Year

Lake Oconee Golf Courses

Spending two hundred plus days a year on the road visiting master planned communities across the Southeast and in Central America provides us the opportunity to play on some of the greatest golf courses. This year, my family and I explored one of them by foot during the Inaugural Big Break Invitational at Reynolds Plantation on the Great Waters Course. This is just one of six championship golf courses within one of the best golf resorts near Atlanta on Lake Oconee.

Walking the course gave us a chance to appreciate the land planning, topography and elegant home styles. Many of the homes have staggered building footprints separated by nature corridors giving the residents a feeling of spaciousness, a bit of privacy and beautiful views of the shimmering lake. Tall slender trees provide a lush forested canopy. Bird houses, wind chimes and outdoor art show the fun personalities of the people who live within one of the friendliest southern inspired communities we’ve visited.

Being at the Big Break Invitational gave us the chance to talk with property owners and observe the unity among them up close. People expressed “ We are so happy with everything at Reynolds Plantation since MetLife has taken over (& Daniels Corp). We have resided here for over 18 years and it has never been better managed!” Another property owner said “it’s hard to find a nicer place to live!”

The 6 Lake Oconee golf courses have already been honored with 14 prestigious golf awards:

THE GREAT WATERS COURSE - Named “Top 100 You Can Play”, GOLF Magazine and “Golf Course of the Year”, Georgia Golf Course Owners Association

THE PLANTATION COURSE - Named "Ten Best New Courses" by GOLF Magazine, "America's Top Golf Courses" by the Zagat Survey (2007) and "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest.

THE NATIONAL - Named “Best Courses You Can Play”, Golfweek and “Top 20 "Best in State"”, Golf Digest

THE OCONEE - Named “Best Resort Courses”, Golfweek and “50 Best Courses for Women”, Golf for Women

THE CREEK CLUB - Named “Top 10 New Private Courses in the U.S”, GOLF Magazine and “Top 10 New Golf Courses of 2007”, Travel + Leisure

THE LANDING - Named “America's Top Golf Courses”, Zagat Survey and “Readers' Choice Award - Top Private Courses”, Golf World

As one of the well known golfs resorts near Atlanta, it offers much more than golf and is the place to make memories. Situated on Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second largest lake provides year round boating, fishing and water sports. Residents enjoy 5 golf clubhouses with dining, 6 resort-style swimming pools, four marinas on lake, 16 tennis courts four with stadium seating, golf academy, wellness center and miles of walking trails. Whether property owners are golfers or not, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy here. New additions this year include a community garden, new Waterview Pub at Great Waters and The National Village also broke ground. The National Village complex will include a golf shop, a cart storage facility, an event lawn, and The Tavern restaurant. 

Social activities reached an all-time high as friendships grew deeper within the lake community. For example, 1,500 people attended the 4th of July fireworks celebration over the lake. Dozens of property owners assisted with the Big Break Invitational and the Summer Kids Camp attendance surged to an all-time high. Memorable moments included culinary experiences, the cultural entertainment and lecture Linger Longer Living Series, and member events.

Reynolds also celebrated the Ritz-Carlton Lodge being honored on the list of Best 500 Hotels in the World. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is within the community. Since the MetLife acquisition, things keep getting better here every day. We believe Reynolds Plantation is the envy of all the Georgia gated communities and more. From lakefront estates and to low maintenance luxury condominiums, the home options here endless. Prices range from the $300K’s to over $4 million and homesites are still available.

Reynolds’ Signature Home Collection has made home building worry free. With over 25 home plans to choose from, the program streamlines the tasks required to build a home by completing all the necessary research for you. Most important, from the moment you select your plan, the costs of building that plan are known before the start of construction. Reynolds couldn’t make it an easier for you to enjoy a life well-lived within their southern inspired communities.  Premiering this spring are two new model homes available for viewing.

Just beyond Reynold's gated entrance, Lake Oconee Village is home to a Publix grocery store, Spotlight Theatres, restaurants, medical offices, retails shops and the new award winning St. Mary’s Hospital. Atlanta is an easy community within an hour or folks can be walking the Riverfront in Savannah in three hours. The six award winning Lake Oconee golf courses are found in the sweet spot of Georgia.

This is not the first time we’ve honored Reynolds Plantation with a Bliss Award and this year, they deserve it more than ever! Whether buyers are looking for a vacation or second home or to relocate full time, we recognize Reynolds Plantation as a benchmark master planned community featuring golf.

If you’re exploring golf resorts near Atlanta to call home, ask us to introduce you to our trusted colleague and longtime resident at Reynolds who can also check on Lifestyle Package availability.

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