Reynolds Lake Oconee: Great Waters

Eatonton, GA, United States Private

Overview

Early in his design career, Jack Nicklaus said he would design resort courses differently than championship ones. Great Waters is a vivid example of that intent. With a routing that features 10 holes on Lake Oconee, Jack and his associate Jim Lipe worked hard to vary the encounters with water. On one hole it's a carry off a tee, on another, it's beside a green, while on a couple, it's a cove in front of a green. Every encounter features a generous bailout option. Another concession to resort golfers: The greens are big but simple, with few complex contours.

About

Holes 18
Length 7073
Slope 134
Facility Type Private
Designer Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest Public: Ranked from 2003-'08 and 2015-'24.
Highest ranking: 61st, 2005-'06.

Previous ranking: 77th.
2023-'24 ranking: 77th.

Best in State: Ranked 15th, 2015-'18. Ranked 16th, 2019-'22. Ranked 18th, 2023-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 18th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.9532
Character
6.9377
Challenge
6.9399
Layout Variety
7.0104
Fun
6.9604
Aesthetics
7.1781
Conditioning
7.0362

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