If you're going to enjoy the buffet of quality golf on offer at Reynolds Plantation, the acclaimed resort 90 miles east of Atlanta, you'd better check that you've got the right utensils. The TaylorMade Performance Lab at Reynolds is one of only six around the country and is high-tech heaven for equipment junkies in search of an edge over their buddies. A visit to the lab might just prove your theory that those loose shots are caused by the tools, not the workman.
The TaylorMade Performance Lab at Reynolds offers a frighteningly accurate look at your swing flaws, but provides a solution, too. Sensors generate a 3-D image of your swing, from which master fitter Charles McLendon suggests equipment tweaks that will help your game. The fitting covers everything from driver to putter. When it has been determined what you need, several clubs will be built right there for you to hit on the range and then adjust as necessary. You'll leave with a DVD of the swing analysis and a prescription for custom-made clubs matched to your swing. The Lab costs $400 for guests of the Ritz-Carlton Lodge. Each session lasts two hours. Call 706-467-1516 or visit tmplabs.com.
7,048 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $200
Architect: Jack Nicklaus (1992)
This is one ofthe Bear's better efforts, with half of the holes routed along the shoreline of Lake Oconee. The closing three-hole stretch offers plenty of opportunities for a heroic shot, with watery doom awaiting every time you come up short.
7,393 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $260
Architect: Rees Jones (2001)
The holes at Oconee are framed by pine trees, mounding and huge bunkers, but its namesake lake only comes into play toward the end of the round. Still, it might be the most challenging course here. If you're hitting it sideways, there is no respite.