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Great Waters course to undergo renovation


Work to Commence in June 2018 with Fall 2019 Re-Opening

Greensboro, Georgia (Nov. 28, 2017) – Great Waters, the highly-acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, will undergo a total renovation starting in June 2018, and will involve personal input from Mr. Nicklaus and oversight from his award-winning Nicklaus Design Team.  The Great Waters renovation will be led by Design Associate Chad Goetz, who has been with Nicklaus Design for 18 years and is one of the few designers in the world who has earned membership into both the American Society of Golf Course Architects and European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Perennially ranked among America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest, Great Waters—which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year—will receive a total turf replacement, new greens, bunkers, tees, water features, and irrigation systems, as well as cart path replacement.  Drainage and other elements of the course’s infrastructure, plus an assessment of the trees, and the practice facility are included in this comprehensive reinvention of the community’s premier golf course.  The Nicklaus layout has stood the test of time and will remain loyal to the original design.

Work is to begin in June 2018 with an expected re-opening in Fall 2019.  This restoration is the latest in an ever-widening list of improvements made to the golf courses, clubhouses and other facilities since MetLife’s investment in Reynolds Lake Oconee in 2012.

“Our desire is to keep the course true to Mr. Nicklaus’s original vision while modernizing the course where appropriate - and prudent - and adding length where available,” said Rabun Neal, president of Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Great Waters is a dramatic layout that offers some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in the Southeast. The parkland-style front nine plays over rolling hills and through thick forest, with water in play on six holes, most notably the par-4 fifth, where a creek crisscrosses the fairway and cuts in front of the green; a stone wall and the Nicklaus Bridge add to the hole’s splendor. The gorgeous ninth is the first of the lake holes, the water edging in along the right side of the green.

The back nine is a completely different experience, as the final eight holes are on Lake Oconee. Playing on the lake-encircled peninsula, the back-nine holes include the short par-4 11th, where the green juts into the lake,  causing left-side hole locations to make the flagstick appear to be floating. The par-3 14th is one of the most photographed holes in the Southeast, its green sitting along the Lake Oconee shoreline.

“The first time I went to Reynolds, I knew we had the potential to have a great golf course,” says Nicklaus.  “I think we found it then, and now more than a quarter of a century later, a wonderful golf experience remains but is in need of a little updating.  It’s one of the really great pieces of property with which I have ever had the experience to work.”

Already recognized among the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is not only fine-tuning one of its world-class golf courses, but is enhancing its long-established reputation as an outstanding place to live.

Reynolds Lake Oconee has 117 holes of golf, all designed by legendary golf architects, including Nicklaus, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. In addition to golf, the Reynolds community offers a wide array of recreational opportunities along the more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.

Vacation guests at Reynolds can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at The Ritz-Carlton.  A variety of vacation packages are available.

For additional information contact Reynolds Plantation Properties at (800) 800-5250, or visit

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About Reynolds Lake Oconee

Famous as Reynolds Plantation for nearly three decades and now simply Reynolds Lake Oconee, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., is  situated along more than 350 miles of shoreline and featuring six championship golf courses, dining, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, marinas, a tennis center and a wellness campus.  The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a 251-room lakefront resort and spa, which was named a 2015 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2014 Forbes Four-Star resort. The community is located about 90 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information,

Real estate and other amenities are owned by Oconee Land Development Company LLC and/or other subsidiaries and affiliates of MetLife, Inc. (collectively, "OLDC" or “Sponsor”) and by unrelated third parties.  Reynolds Plantation Properties, LLC ("RPP") is the exclusive listing agent for OLDC-owned properties within Reynolds Lake Oconee.  RPP also represents buyers and sellers of properties in Reynolds Lake Oconee which OLDC does not own ("Resale Properties").  OLDC is not involved in the marketing or sale of Resale Properties. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy OLDC-owned real estate in Reynolds Lake Oconee by residents of HI, ID, OR, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law.  As to such states, any offer to sell or solicitation of offers to buy applies only to Resale Properties.  Access and rights to recreational amenities may be subject to fees, membership dues, or other limitations.  Information provided is believed accurate as of the date printed but may be subject to change from time to time.  The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a private commercial enterprise and use of the facilities is subject to the applicable fees and policies of the operator.  For OLDC properties, obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything.  No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property.  Void where prohibited by law.  WARNING:  THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT INSPECTED, EXAMINED, OR DISQUALIFIED THIS OFFERING.  An offering statement has been filed with the Iowa Real Estate Commission and a copy of such statement is available from OLDC upon request.  OLDC properties have been registered with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen at 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100 and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection at 1700 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20552.  Certain OLDC properties are registered with the Department of Law of the State of New York.  THE COMPLETE OFFERING TERMS ARE IN AN OFFERING PLAN AVAILABLE FROM SPONSOR.  FILE NO. H14-0001.

About the Nicklaus Companies & Nicklaus Design

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions, and growing the game.  For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of record 18-time major champion and golf course designer Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus Design, the global golf course design firm founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is widely regarded as the world's leading design firm. With a philosophy of working closely with clients, enhancing the natural environment, and creating courses that are both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels, the company has 415 courses open for play in 45 countries and 39 states. Of those golf courses, Jack Nicklaus has been involved in the design of nearly 300 courses.

At least 70 Nicklaus Design courses have been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists by major industry publications like Golf Digest, Golfweek, GOLF Magazine, and Travel & Leisure Golf. In 2016, Golf Digest recognized 45 Nicklaus Design layouts on its list of the Best Golf Courses in 206 Countries. In the United States, GOLF Magazine counts three Nicklaus Design courses on its list of the Top 100 Courses for 2017-18.

More than 145 Nicklaus Design courses have staged over 900 professional golf tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur championships, including events on the PGA TOUR, the PGA TOUR Champions, the LPGA Tour and the Tour, among others. Nicklaus Design has more courses on the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR than any other firm, including TOUR stops to Muirfield Village Golf Club for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa for The Honda Classic.

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