Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Year Opened: 1992
Location: Greensboro, Georgia
Slope: 133. Rating: 73.6
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,073
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 409 Yds    10 - Par 4 409 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 507 Yds    11 - Par 4 349 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 432 Yds    12 - Par 5 559 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 186 Yds    13 - Par 4 434 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 422 Yds    14 - Par 3 186 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 522 Yds    15 - Par 4 416 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 466 Yds    16 - Par 4 457 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 223 Yds    17 - Par 3 164 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 392 Yds    18 - Par 5 540 Yds
                      Par 36  3,559 Yds     Par 36  3,514 Yds

Key Events Held: Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship (1995-97),
                 PGA Professional National Championship (2008).

Awards Won: Ranked #41 - Top-100 Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine (2006),
            #3 Best Public-Access Courses (Georgia) - Golfweek (2005-06),
            Rated 4 1/2 Stars - Best Places to Play - Golf Digest (2006),
            #11 Best-in-State Rankings (Georgia) - Golf Digest (2005),
            Top-40 real estate courses in the US - Golf & Travel Magazine,
            One of the Ten Best New Courses in the US - Golf Magazine.


HISTORY:  The  second of five courses  built at Reynolds Plantation, the Great
Waters  Course was  crafted by legendary golfer and world-class architect Jack
Nicklaus.  The Golden  Bear, with courses like Muirfield Village, Shoal Creek,
Castle  Pines and  Desert  Highlands to  his  credit, was  given  the task  of
creating  a signature  course.  Upon his  first visit  to  the area,  Nicklaus
commented that "It's one of the really great pieces of property that I've ever
had the opportunity to work with."

Nicklaus  used the natural terrain of the land, as he crafted two separate and
distinct  sets  of holes, nine beauties  along Lake Oconee and nine tree-lined
gems. After opening in the fall of 1992, Golf Magazine rated the course as one
of the Ten Best New Courses in the United States.

From  1995 through  1997, the  Great Waters  Course hosted  the United  States
region  of  the Andersen Consulting  World Match Play Championship. This event
was the precursor of the WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship held annually
in February.

In  '95,  Mark McCumber  defeated Loren  Roberts, 2-up to  advance to the next
round,  while in 1996,  Scott Hoch knocked off Lee Janzen, 3 & 1. Prior to the
finals,  Hoch defeated  Tom Lehman and McCumber. Hoch reached the championship
match  of  the tournament, however  he lost to Greg  Norman in the finals. The
1997  event saw  Davis Love III defeat Corey Pavin, Lehman and Phil Mickelson,
as  he advanced  to the  main event.  Love III  also reached  the championship
match, but lost to Colin Montgomerie.

REVIEW:  Nicklaus eases  you into the round  with a modest opening hole of 409
yards.  Playing  slightly downhill,  the key  off the tee  is avoiding the two
bunkers  down the right side of the landing area. Any ball left will feed down
toward  the center of  the fairway. From there, just a short iron remains to a
kidney-shaped  green with one bunker on the right. This tree-lined opener is a
perfect way to start the day.

A  classic Nicklaus  risk-reward hole, the second is a reachable, downhill par
five  just 507 yards in length. From the back tees, play down the left side to
set  up  the best angle to  the putting surface.  The green is tucked behind a
pond  on the  right, so when the flag  is back and in the corner, this becomes
quite  an  imposing shot. If you're  not that bold,  lay up short and left, as
this  will leave  a simple pitch to  a two-tiered wide green. This hole can be
had with birdie, but worse case scenario, par.

The  meat of the  front nine really begins on the third, a robust, dogleg left
par  four, stretching 432 yards from the tips. Two fairway bunkers protect the
corner  of  the dogleg and  must be  avoided at all  costs, as the second shot
plays  uphill  to the green.  Even with  a solid tee  ball, a medium iron will
remain to a two-tiered putting surface with a pair of traps on the left. A pin
in  the back-left quadrant  will be quite difficult to get at, so play towards
the center of the green and two-putt for par.

The  first  of four  brilliant par threes,  the fourth is  a downhill gem with
sand,  water  and a tricky  putting surface. A  medium iron must negotiate the
creek running in front of the green, not to mention a bunker. The green slopes
from  back to front with a ridge in the rear. Any shot long and left will be a
difficult  up-and-down  with a back-right flag,  especially if you land in the
back bunker. Club selection will decide your fate.

A  severe dogleg left,  the par-four fifth is the third most difficult hole on
the  course. The  aforementioned creek  wreaks  havoc on  this scenic  beauty,
running down the left side and then fronting the green. Although not very long
at 422 yards, the first obstacle is the tee shot. A shoot of trees makes for a
narrow  look towards  the fairway, but once through, the landing area is quite
wide. The key is to play down the left side, as to shorten up your second shot
to  the  green. A  medium to  short iron  will remain  to a multi-tiered green
fronted  by rock  wall and the bubbly.  A back-right pin could be real tricky,
especially if the wind is up.

The  No. 1 handicap hole, the sixth is a solid par five that bends slightly to
the left. Play off the tee should be down the right side, as the fairway tends
to  kick balls to  the left. A successful tee ball can leave an opportunity to
reach  the  slightly downhill green  in two.  A series of  traps is the key to
getting  home, avoiding them,  that is. One trap in the center of the fairway,
70 yards from the green is the real obstacle. Your approach needs to favor the
right,  as three  traps stand tall on  the left side near the putting surface.
The green is quite long, at 40 paces deep and is quite undulating. Yes, birdie
is a real possibility, but don't be disappointed with par.

The  longest  par four on the  course, the seventh  is 466 yards from the gold
tees  and plays  every bit of its  length. Although it has a generous fairway,
this  tree-lined  bender to  the left  possesses a tough  bunker down the left
side  of the landing  area. A mid to long iron will remain to a very difficult
green  that features a chipping area, short, left and deep. Back left or right
pin  positions  are the most difficult,  especially right where a bunker comes
into play. A tough hole to mark par, let alone bogey.

A  straight forward  par three, the eighth  is the longest of the group at 223
yards  from the tips. A long iron or fairway metal will be needed just to have
any  chance of  getting home. What makes  this hole even more difficult is the
size of the green that reaches 45 yards in length. The putting surface is also
slick  and undulating with a deep ridge in the center. This is just one of two
holes on the course without sand.

The  closing hole  on the  outward  nine could  be  a finishing  hole on  most
courses. Once again, it's the tee shot that sets up the hole. Playing downhill
towards the green, your opening play must favor the right, as a 20-yard bunker
covers  the left.  A big tee ball will  catch the slope of the fairway and run
down  towards Lake  Oconee which  fronts  the green.  Just a  short iron  will
remain,  however it  will be from a  downhill lie, not an easy shot when water
comes  into play.  The putting surface is  quite small, so bailing out left is
not  such a  bad idea. This green  can be a big challenge, especially when the
pin is back-right and the wind is up.

The  first  hole on  this spectacular  back nine, the  10th is a straightaway,
uphill  par four.  The object is to  avoid the pair of fairway traps that just
out in the landing area on the right side, about 230 yards from the tee. Trees
guard  both  sides of the fairway,  making this a very difficult driving hole.
Just  a mid to short iron remains to a well-guarded green. The putting surface
features  a large slope in the center, as it falls hard to the left and right.
Just 24 paces deep, the green is tough to hit, especially with a back-left pin
behind the trap.

Number  11 is  the first of eight  straight holes where water comes into play.
With Lake Oconee in the backdrop, this downhill par four is a beaute. Only 349
yards  in length, the key here is deciding what to do off the tee. The fairway
is  quite  wide for a three-metal  or less, with  a higher landing area to the
left. That's the smart play, as this will set up just a wedge to a very narrow
green.  The  go-for-broke play  is with  driver down the  right side where the
landing  area is just  15 paces wide. A 50-yard long trap plays buffer between
the  water and  the tight landing area.  Did I forget to mention that the lake
juts out into the hole at the 260-yard mark? The putting surface is as long as
it  is narrow -  41 yards wide, but just 10-15 paces deep. A diabolical pin is
back-left  by  the water's  edge with  three traps guarding  the corner of the
putting surface. Another signature hole at Great Waters.

Twelve  is a very  difficult, dogleg left, uphill par five that is the longest
hole  on the  course at  559 yards  from the  tips. A  drive of  240 yards  is
required  just to  cross the water and  bunker to reach the fairway. Play down
the  right,  as most balls  will funnel down to  the landing area. Your second
shot is blind to a tree-lined, but accessible fairway, leaving you with just a
wedge to another wide, narrow green. Two traps, one short and one deep protect
the benign putting surface. Par is a good score, but birdies can happen.

Another  great view of  the lake in the background, the 13th is a downhill par
four,  the second longest on the inward nine. A big drive down the right side,
clearing the fairway bunker will leave a mid to short iron to a very difficult
green.  That  trap, which is  25 yards  in length, is  very deep, so avoid the
white  stuff  at all costs.  The putting surface is  slick from back to front,
with  traps,  left, right  and deep.  The trap  behind the  green is your last
defense before the rocky beach of the lake.

The  course just  keeps getting  better,  as you  stand  on the  14th tee.  An
outstanding  par three that  sits alongside the lake to the left. The green is
almost  a  peninsula and  when the  wind is  fresh, this  hole could require a
fairway metal to reach the surface. The putting area is wide and 30 paces deep
with  a  pair of  traps (front  and back)  guarding the  right side. Good luck
making par here.

Playing  back up the hill, the 15th is a straightaway par four, just 416 yards
in  length, but much  longer due to the elevation change. Water down the right
really  does not come  into play, but will catch your eye. The landing area is
very  accessible, but missing  right will be trouble as a deep, long and rough
bunker  looms large.  A medium  iron  is required  to reach  the long,  narrow
putting  surface that  slopes hard from back  to front. A back flag on the top
tier,  this hole could require two extra clubs. The only sand around the green
is deep, so missing long will be a difficult up-and-down.

The  longest  par four  on the  back nine, the  16th is  a slight dogleg left,
downhill  gem. Although the  fairway is devoid of sand and fairly ample, it is
tree-lined  and any shot just off line will result in a pitch out. A medium to
long  iron  will remain even  with a successful tee  shot. The green is tucked
around  to the left with Lake Oconee left and deep. The putting surface is not
that  treacherous, but getting there might be. When the wind is blowing in and
the  pin is  back and left, you'll  be hard-pressed to make par. Sand left and
deep-right, could save you from double-bogey.

The  shortest one-shotter on the course, the 17th is all carry across a finger
of  the  lake. Just  164 yards  and no  sand, this  hole requires perfect club
selection  or its a  watery grave. H2O covers the length of the very wide, but
narrow  putting  surface, which  features a  ridge in the  center. Miss on the
wrong side of the hump and it's a three-putt for sure.

Risk-reward  at its best when you reach the final hole. A sensational par five
stretching  540 yards, the 18th is just what you want in a finishing hole. The
lake sits along the entire left side of the hole through the green, while tall
trees  stand watch down  the right. The fairway is quite generous off the tee,
so  you should have  no problem finding the landing area. The decision is with
the  second  shot...should I  stay or should  I go? The  approach area is very
tight  as  you get closer  to the  green, as the  water juts into the fairway,
however  just  a mid iron should  put you out  of harms way. The play however,
especially  with a big tee ball is to go for the green in two. A fairway-metal
should be sufficient enough to get the job done, but if leery, bail out right,
as  the  green is tucked  around to  the left. The  putting surface sits in an
amphitheater  setting  with one trap deep,  making for a beautiful finish, one
you will hardly forget.

OVERALL:  It's  hard to pick  favorites at Reynolds  Plantation, as all of the
courses  are spectacular. The Great Waters layout is fantastic, a great mix of
tree-lined and water holes with astonishing views of Lake Oconee.

When  you  first arrive at  Great Waters you're  welcomed by a considerate and
well-mannered  staff, which goes along way, especially when you're from out of

The  view from  the clubhouse  overlooking  Lake Oconee  is sensational,  even
better when your round is complete and you're sipping a cold one reminiscing.

The  practice facility  is solid,  carved along  side the  first fairway.  The
course conditioning is impeccable, the greens superb and the layout, well in a
word, awesome.

"The  first time I went to Great Waters, I knew it had the potential to have a
great  golf course,  but we had to  find it," said Nicklaus. "I think we found

When  the  greatest player of  all time and  course designer makes a statement
like that, you have to take note.

Great Waters is an outstanding course with water coming into play on 13 holes,
including the final eight. Not overly long, but with plenty of bite. A variety
of  different holes, generous fairways at times and putting surfaces that will
certainly make life difficult for the player, however, quite fair.

The course is for all levels of play, as five sets of tees range from 5,100 to
7,073  yards.  The amount of H2O  might scare off  some, but if you choose the
right  markers you  should stay relatively dry.  I'll make this one of my must
plays the next time I vacation at Reynolds Plantation.

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