Golf courses

3 golf courses to visit this fall and winter

Courtesy of Lake Reynolds Oconee

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Escape to the secluded woods of central Georgia, venture into the Florida interior, or play the high desert of southern Utah at these three destinations with 18-hole courses that challenge and excite golfers. The best part: Their generally sunny winters allow golfers to play all season long.

1. Greensboro, Georgia

Site: 81 miles east of Atlanta

What it offers: As they do at Augusta National, host of the annual Masters Tournament, azaleas bloom in their thousands at Reynolds Lake Oconee, a luxury golf destination in the scenic Georgia pines along the winding, sprawling shore of Lake Oconee. Four of Reynolds’ five resort courses, about an hour west of Augusta, rank among the best courses in Georgia, each presenting a variety of architectural, topographical and shooting challenges.

The crown jewel of the portfolio: Great Waters, a 2019 renovated Jack Nicklaus masterpiece that hosted the LPGA Drive On Championship last fall. Half of its holes are on Lake Oconee – none up to No. 9 – and none better than No. 11, a downhill par-4 that demands precision, enticing players to fetch the green from the tee. From start to finish, the back nine plays like a dream as every hole (except No. 10) hugs the water, with Nos. 14 and 17 – both par 3s – playing over creeks with a gallery of boaters and swimmers encouraging golfers.

The other courses in the Reynolds range will also impress you. At the National, three nine-hole layouts are painted with the ingenious brushstroke that is a Tom Fazio stamped golf course, where table greens, rolling fairways and more than 100 bunkers accent Georgia’s natural landscape. For another solid test of your game, the Oconee course, adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, ticks all the boxes, especially the lake-guarded ninth hole. The Preserve offers a fun, laid-back six-hole alternative – called Quick Six – where no hole is longer than 130 yards and rounds are completed in under an hour. And don’t neglect landingthe original Lake Oconee course, which was renovated in 2013. Known for its fast greens and Scottish features, Bob Cupp’s design is forgiving off the tee and, according to Reynolds golf manager Wes Forester, is “the most underestimated in the collection”. .”

Insider Tip: Adjust your swing and golf equipment with a master fitter and club builder at Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee, one of only two TaylorMade facilities in the country. The Kingdom added a second club-building trailer this year that uses the same cutting-edge technology Tour players use.

What you will pay: Great Waters starts at $195 in low season. You will pay the least, $40, to the reserve.

Where to stay (splurge): Renovated in 2020, the 257-room Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee blends upscale living with Southern hospitality. Pamper yourself at the spa, hike its 21 miles of hiking trails, and soak in its lobby Barrel Room, manned by certified bourbon stewards. From $459

Where to stay (unless you are in a group): Spread across 374 miles of scenic shoreline, Reynolds Lake Oconee Cottages are ideal two-, three-, and four-bedroom options to share on golf getaways with friends and family. Starting at $460.