If there was a beauty pageant for golf courses, this would surely be a title holder. The Great Waters Course at the Reynolds Plantation in Georgia owns the kind of beauty that is so easy to love, and so hard to forget. Golf vacations here are nothing short of scenic and memorable, and it would be a sin to forget bringing a camera hereabouts.
Amongst the Jack Nicklaus designs, Golf Magazine ranks the Great Waters Course fifth, and Golfweek Magazine lists it among America’s “Best Residential Courses”. This 18-hole par-72 course also never fails to be ranked among the Top 100 Golf Courses in the US. The main reason for this is the beautiful Oconee Lake that plays on nine holes; it shines a beautiful gold on a perfect sunset in the summer. That, and the surrounding dogwood and azaleas that turn the ground a sea of colors in the fall. But this golf course is not all about the face factor. It has got as much spunk that could break any player’s heart. It perfectly breeds beauty and quality play, something that not every golf vacation destination in America could give.
The Great Waters Course opened in 1992, and has undergone a major renovation in 2009 led by the designer itself. The result made it the best that it could ever be. Because of its exquisite conditioning, it is not only a favorite for golf trips but for tournaments as well. It has hosted the 41st PGA Professional National Championship in 2008 and Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf (now known as the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship) from 1995 to 1997. This only proves, further, that this beauty is indeed a title holder – by all means.