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Planning Your Trip

Located halfway between Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia’s Lake Oconee area draws water adventurers and sunbathers in equal measure — as well as intrepid foodies seeking modern Southern fare and craft bourbon tastings. Take advantage of tennis, hiking, kayaking, fishing and award-winning golf, or discover the nearby cluster of charming Georgian towns offering inspired antique shopping, stellar coffee and towering literary history (Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker). After sunset, pull up an Adirondack chair for a relaxing campfire s’more by the lake.

Lounge chairs and umbrellas overlooking an infinity pool


Immerse yourself in the history and charm of Georgia’s Lake Country, whose pristine small towns brim with rich culture, tempting cuisine and modern diversions.


  • Dress for ease and comfort: lightweight layers, comfortable walking shoes. Expect a few hot days in summer; in winter, evening temperatures can dip below freezing.
  • Bring running shoes and your usual workout gear for exercising in the hotel or outdoors. For outdoor adventures, items such as casual dri-fit active wear like shorts, leggings, T-shirts and sneakers are best. And don’t forget a bathing suit —  head for a dip in the infinity pool or the indoor spa pool, or enjoy some time playing in the lake and along the beach.
  • Pack a roomy tote bag, backpack or purse to carry the essentials — from your phone and wallet to a bottle of water and a camera — during the day.
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The Lake Oconee area abounds with opportunities to enjoy nature, from hiking and biking to adventure tubing, boating, personal watercraft and fishing.


  • Take along hiking boots or sturdy running shoes for hiking or jogging on the surrounding area’s many wooded trails.
  • Planning a water adventure? Pack waterproof shoes that don’t slide off easily. You can rent Jet Skis, a Tritoon Double Decker boat with a slide, and Wake Boats from Young Harris Watersports. Or you can take things a little slower and cruise around the lake on a Schiller Water Bike or kayak. 
  • Whether you’ll be playing tennis, stand-up paddle boarding or taking a relaxing pontoon ride, sunscreen is essential. If you plan on tubing or riding a Jet Ski, consider hats and sunglasses specially designed to withstand the speed. A dry bag will keep tech essentials, wallets and keys safe from the water.




In preparation for your golf getaway there are a few items that are must-packs in order to achieve greatness on the greens.



  • Golf bags — skip the hassle of carrying your clubs on the plane and have them shipped in advance to the resort. You can also rent clubs and shoes from the golf course.
  • Gear — aside from your favorite clubs and balls, performance-enhancing extras like custom gloves and a GPS-enabled golf watch will come in handy when you are searching for your ball on the fairways.
  • Year-round, sunscreen, golf shades and visors are a must while hitting the greens. Don’t forget to stop by the Golf Shop for any last minute items such as a ball marker, golf towel or a cigar to celebrate your hole in one.  

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If you are an antique lover, try not to miss nearby gems such as the Greensboro Antique Mall and Madison Markets. Many dealers will arrange white-glove shipments within the continental U.S., so no need to leave an impeccable folk art cabinet or French still-life painting behind. You will, however, want to know your optimum dimensions in advance if you plan on hunting down anything of size, so be sure to take measurements of key rooms or existing pieces in advance to bring along on your treasure hunt.

Relax, you’re on lake time now. If you have not reserved a few things in advance, you can sit back and savor the simple things: s’mores by the fire, the scent of magnolias, splashing around on the lake or taking a bike ride between the Georgia pines.



Roughly an hour’s drive west of Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters Tournament, championship golf is part of the landscape of Lake Oconee. The resort’s five courses — The Landing, The Preserve, The National, The Oconee and Great Waters — range from wide, relaxing fairways to some of the most artistically designed, challenging layouts in the U.S. Set amid Lake Oconee’s expansive vistas and spectacular scenery, the courses were designed by legendary golf architects, including Jack Nicklaus and Rees Jones. To schedule a tee time at any of the courses, please call (706) 467-7135.



Reservations are not required for many of the resort’s on-site activities, from YOLO Boards (an easier version of stand-up paddle boards) to canoeing and Schiller Water Bikes. For a half-day, guided fishing expedition for one to four people, you will need your fishing license and a reservation with the resort just one day in advance. You will also want to book motorized watercraft and watersports in advance with Young Harris Watersports, especially for holiday weekends. Relax at the end of a long day while remaining in the great outdoors with a private lakeside Chiminea Dining Experience in front of your personal fire; call the guest relations team at (706) 467-7135 to reserve.



The resort offers a wealth of seasonal activities for little ones, and you will want to reserve your spot in advance to start building the anticipation at home. Fall brings the Great Pumpkin Festival and “spooktacular” rides aboard the resort’s favorite Linger Longer Express train. In winter, look forward to ice skating, Breakfast with Santa and gingerbread workshops, among other holiday delights. During summer, enjoy the Live at the Lake Concert Series, Ritz Kids camp and Kids Night Out. All year long, enjoy complimentary 10-minute rides aboard the Linger Longer Express, which lets little ones see the resort’s most scenic areas daily from a one-of-a-kind locomotive experience.  



Immerse yourself in a true Southern gem: a pampering spa experience inspired by the region’s indigenous plans. For the ultimate local treatment, try The Georgian, which utilizes native red clay, sweet tea and magnolia blossoms in a restorative full-body exfoliation, wrap and scalp massage, and concludes with a warm Vichy rain shower and moisturizing treatment. Visit the Gents’ Den for a shave and a haircut accompanied by complimentary bourbon tastings and your choice of sports or other TV entertainment. Or enjoy an expert pedicure in the nail treatment room or simply a rejuvenating dip in the indoor pool. Call the spa team at (706) 467-7185 to reserve your next spa treatment.  

This idyllic escape from the bustle of the city is easy to get to, and hard to forget. The area surrounding The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, just an hour or so outside Atlanta, is renowned for its bounty of outdoor activities — boating and fishing on Georgia’s second-largest freshwater lake, a handful of spectacular golf courses designed by industry legends, and rural recreation from quail hunts and sporting clays tournaments and hikes to historic sites. Here, Southern history and hospitality combine to charm guests and make memories — at a relaxed, leisurely pace.

Family Vacation Fun

Lake Oconee and its surrounding evergreen forests are ideal for family fun, no matter whether you prefer pastimes like fishing and hiking or more high-energy hijinks like riding personal watercraft or going trap shooting. Quaint nearby towns and historic monuments inspire reflection about Georgia’s past, while modern eateries, bakeries and breweries offer delectable tastes of the here and now, and experiences your family will remember long into the future.


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The Perfect Weekend

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, located an hour or so outside of Atlanta, is a dream destination, a place where outdoor recreation and rejuvenation combine across hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline and thousands of acres of forested hillsides. Golfers flock to the region for its impressive selection of courses — 99 holes designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp — as well as private instruction from PGA professionals and custom-fit clubs built on-site. 


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