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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters)
Greensboro, Georgia
7,073 yards, par 72
Green fees: $150-$260
888-298-3119
reynoldsplantation.com

\nService
\nDoug at the bag drop has been at Reynolds Plantation for almost 20 years, and he gives as good as he takes, a perfect fit for a resort course that also has a healthy private membership. His friendly banter helped get us off to a solid start.

\nPace of Play
\nOn a Saturday morning in prime time (mid-April) we buzzed around in 4:26 — and we could have moved faster. Even with a full tee sheet, the friendly design and hyper-diligent (but not overbearing) course rangers make a round here a pleasure, not a penance.

\nQuality
\nArchitect Jack Nicklaus recently revamped the layout. One minor tweak makes a major difference: converting the old inconsistent bent greens to Bermuda. They're firm and roll beautifully. What hasn't changed are the nine holes that skirt Lake Oconee.

\nValue
\nOutside of Masters Week, you've got to stay on-site to access Great Waters, so a round never comes cheap. The $150-$240 a la carte seasonal fee range is acceptable for a quality course. We paid $260 during Masters Week. Next time, we'll come on a package.

\nVerdict
\nWith its underrated front nine and a back nine that skirts around Lake Oconee, Great Waters is probably the most scenic course in Georgia this side of Augusta. Add in soft green contours, and it might be the most fun course Nicklaus has ever designed.

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