Reynolds Plantation - Experiencing is Believing

The guys want to play golf, the girls want to  be  pampered, and the  family wants the beach.  Ah, yes, the quandary that awaits.  This country  has so  much to  offer, from  Myrtle Beach  to Florida, California to Hawaii and everything in between. It doesn't matter if it's just the  guys,  gals or  family.  I've  got  it,  the ultimate  retreat!  Southern hospitality at it's best, Reynolds Plantation in the Peach State - Georgia.

You've  seen the  advertisements in numerous golf and residential publications
over the years, but you probably thought, "It's in the middle of the state, no
beach  and  little  to  offer."  Let me  set  the  record  straight.  Reynolds
Plantation  is  the ultimate  destination for all  parties concerned. From the
serious  golfer,  to the vacationing  family, or  the ladies looking to relax.
This  is  it! A  year-round destination,  with temperatures in  the 50s in the
winter, to 80s and 90s in the summer, and sensational 60s in the fall.

They  say that  location is everything, and Reynolds Plantation is situated in
the  heart of  Georgia, just  75  miles east  from Hartsfield-Jackson  Atlanta
International  Airport  and  roughly  the  same  distance,  west  of  Augusta,
right off Interstate 20.

Let's  start out  with my forte, golf.  Currently, 99 holes of resort golf are
available,  designed  by some of  the best in the  business -- Tom Fazio, Jack
Nicklaus,  Rees Jones and Bob Cupp. Throw in a soon-to-be-opened, members-only
venue  crafted by  Jim Engh  and you've  hit the  motherlode. It  comes as  no
surprise  that Reynolds  Plantation has been named the "Best of the Best" golf
community by the Robb Report.

Cupp, along with PGA Tour players Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green, designed the
first  track at  Reynolds, the  Plantation Course,  back in  1988. When  first
opened,  the layout  garnered  ranking  among Golf  Magazine's  "Ten Best  New
Courses."  The shortest  of the  courses, the  Plantation features  a natural,
rolling  terrain with  water coming  into play  on 14  holes. Bring  plenty of

The  incomparable Nicklaus got the call for the next course, aptly named Great
Waters.  Opened in  1992, this track produces some of the most beautiful views
of  Lake Oconee, not  to mention one of the most challenging of the courses at
Reynolds  Plantation.  Nine  holes  run  alongside  the  lake,  including  the
spectacular  18th.  For three  seasons, the  Great Waters was  the site of the
Andersen  Consulting World Championship, the precursor to the WGC - Match Play

The  one  and only  Tom Fazio was  next to design  at Reynolds Plantation. The
National   features  three  distinct  nine  hole  layouts.  Dense  forests  of
hardwoods,  pines and  dogwoods,  along with  beautiful  vegetation make  this
course a visual delight. Elevation changes galore dot the venue, including the
uphill  second  on the  Cove nine  and the roller-coaster  sixth on the Bluff.

"Open  Doctor"  Rees Jones completed  the quartet  of courses with the longest
(7,393  yards) and  highest-rated (75.5) track, The Oconee. Visually stunning,
The  Oconee  was nominated for  one of the "Best  New Upscale Courses" by Golf
Digest  in 2003. Strategic in every sense of the word, Jones designed a layout
that's  not only  for the best of  players, but with five sets of tee markers,
it's  playable for  the opposite end of the spectrum. The Oconee also garnered
awards  for women,  ranking it  among  the top-50  courses by  Golf For  Women

Recently  added to the  Reynolds lineup is the first golf course built on Lake
Oconee,  Reynolds  Landing. Designed by Bob  Cupp, the course was purchased by
Reynolds  Plantation in 2005 and features a robust, 7,000 yard-plus, Scottish-
style venue. Crafted in 1986, the course features water on 11 holes, including
the exciting fourth and fifth holes which border Lake Oconee.

When  all  is said  and done,  The Creek Club,  the latest  course to join the
Reynolds  Plantation fold, will become one of the most exciting courses in the
area.  Mostly  known for his designs  out west, Engh has brought an incredible
flair  and  character to the  topography. Many  of the tributaries of Richland
Creek  flow  through the  layout  creating  one  of  the most  unique  venues,
including the robust finishing hole, which possesses three separate greens.

The  centerpiece of  the  entire community  is  the sensational,  Ritz-Carlton
Lodge.  Secluded in the  towering pines and oaks by the shores of Lake Oconee,
the  Lodge  is decorated  in deep  earthy colors, and  it overlooks the gently
glowing waters of Georgia's second largest lake.

Without getting into the history of the property, let's first focus on the 251
luxurious  guest rooms and suites, complete with all of the southern comforts.
Featherbeds  with Egyptian cotton linens and 100% goosedown and non-allergenic
foam pillows. Marble and granite bath with separate tub and shower, along with
plush  terry robes and bath essentials. There are also 22 executive suites, 33
Ritz-Carlton  Club Level  rooms, one Ritz-Carlton suite, six cottages, and the
5,400-square  foot Presidential  House with four master bedroom suites. Conde'
Nast  Traveler just named  Reynolds Plantation on its Gold List as one of "The
World's Best Places to Stay."

Oh,  but this is only the tip of the iceberg. From your head to your toes, the
pampering  is complete, as guests can now lavish in the state-of-the-art Mobil
Four-Star  Spa.  Once thought  of as  a retreat  for the  ladies while the men
played, the 26,000 square-foot enclave is now enjoyed by both genders. Imagine
one  of the  most  popular therapies,  the Floating  Cloud  Facial, as  guests
exfoliate  for 85 minutes while skin-refining products bring you back in time.
The  Spa  now features  Prada  Beauty  facial  treatments to  rejuvenate  your
fatigued  skin.  In  all,  19  treatment rooms,  a  couple's  suite,  separate
gentlemen  and  ladies' lounges,  and fitness and  wellness centers. From warm
soaking whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms to body treatments that will soften
your  soul.  The Ritz-Carlton  Spa at  Reynolds is  invigorating. It stands to
reason  that  Travel +  Leisure Golf rated  the Spa as  the second-best in the

We've  only  just begun to scratch  the surface. Along with activities for mom
and  dad,  Reynolds Plantation  features the  award-winning Ritz Kids program.
Designed  for ages  five  to  12, the  activities  include  full and  half-day
outings,  as  well as Kids  Night Out twice a  week with certified and trained
counselors.  Nature scavenger hunts, fishing, learning how to repel with rope,
swimming,  boating, arts  and crafts,  and movie  night are  just some  of the
thrilling events available.

When  there's  80  miles  of  shoreline, the  water  activities  are  endless.
Canoeing,  kayaking,  freshwater fishing excursions, waterskiing, paddleboats,
and  captained  pontoon boat  tours should  "wet" your  appetite. But, when it
comes  to  relaxation, it's the Infinity  Pool that hits the spot. Overlooking
Lake  Oconee, the  Infinity Pool is a  surefire way to wash away the rigors of
life.  The  endless supply of  frozen peaches brought  to you by the attentive
staff as you linger in the water is not too bad either.

If  you're not into  golf or water activities, which would be hard to believe,
there's  jogging,  biking and hiking  trails, tennis, horseback riding and for
the real sportsman, skeet and trap shooting.

Food,  food, glorious food. The meals at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge are unique and
delightful.  The  cream of the crop  is Georgia's, the signature restaurant at
Reynolds.  Specializing in Southern cuisine, the meals are made with a gourmet
touch  using  the regional touches  of pecans,  peaches and of course, Vidalia
onions. Your meal is exquisitely prepared, whether it be Herb Crusted Colorado
Lamb  to Savannah  Diver Scallops,  topped  off by  Banana Cranberry  Cobbler,
you'll  savor each  morsel under  the  rustic, timber  ceilings alongside  the
stacked stone fireplace.

If  it's  a classic  steak you're  in the mood  for, look  no further than the
Linger  Longer  Bar &  Grill at  the Oconee  Clubhouse. The wood-burning grill
churns out the most tender of Filet and the tastiest New York Strip, all while
you  overlook the  Rees Jones-designed layout. By the way, the Persimmon-Grand
Marnier Crème Brulee is to die for.

Gaby's  By  The Lake is for  the casual diner, who  just wants to chill by the
Lake  and take in  the beauty of the property. It's pizza your way or the Lake
Country Po' Boy and everything in between. Heck, if you catch it, they'll cook
it.  Top it off  with Bananas Foster or the Chocolate Brownie Stack and you're
set for the night.

For  the kids (and us big kids), it's s'mores at night overlooking the lake as
the  moon  glistens off  the water. What  better way to  complete your day, by
sitting  in  Adirondack chairs  around the campfire,  sliding down s'mores and
sipping on a cocktail.

Just  as important  to the process of  deciding where to travel is the service
of  the resort.  Go no further than  the staff at the Ritz-Carlton. Forget the
original  saying,  it should  be, "Service  makes the  heart grow fonder." The
incomparable  crew  makes your journey  one of  the most memorable you'll ever

Reynolds Plantation has taken vacationing to the next level. Check out some of
the exciting packages available. From the sticks and stones to heal your bones
experience  to the  TaylorMade Performance Lab package. That's right, Reynolds
Plantation  is one  of  just three  facilities  in the  world  to feature  the
TaylorMade  Performance Lab. This is cutting edge technology, with an emphasis
on swing analysis and custom club-fitting.

There  has  to be  a reason why  AAA designated Reynolds  Plantation as a Five
Diamond Resort. Find out for yourself at:

I  can't take it. All of this has given me the itch to go back. See y'all real
soon on Lake Oconee at the unparalleled Reynolds Plantation.