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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.

Day

1

MORNING
  • First Toast.

    Kick off the weekend with breakfast at Georgia’s, an elegantly casual farm-to-fork style restaurant featuring contemporary cuisine with Southern soul. The menu draws heavily from the bounty of The Ritz-Carlton’s surrounding farms, and its own herb garden. Do order a Peach Bellini from the bar or a House-made Soda.   

  • Find Tranquility.

    The five miles of on-site hiking and biking trails wind through Georgia pine trees and grassy meadows. Morning is the best time to take a walk or go for a run, while catching a glimpse of the many species of birds who call this serene spot home.


     

MIDDAY
  • Gone Fishing.

    Lake Oconee has an estimated 433 pounds of fish per acre — nearly double what’s found in other regional lakes — so the question is not if, but rather, when, you’ll hook a bream, sunfish, catfish, or bass. Fish from the docks, or let a professional guide take you out on the water for a fishing excursion. 

  • Pool-Side Lunch.

    At Gaby’s by the Lake, you can enjoy your lunch without leaving the pool. Or head up to the main part of the restaurant and enjoy your Lobster Grilled Cheese with a panoramic lake view. Don’t miss the seasonal Veggie Pizza, perfect for sharing.

AFTERNOON
  • Hit the Mark.

    At Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, amateur and experienced marksmen alike can test their mettle at the 20-station sporting clays course, which just debuted in 2017 and was created in the style of a golf course. The variety of stations keep shooters challenged with a diverse mixture of shot selections and instructors are available for lessons.  

  • Unwind.

    Indulge in The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee’s decadent 27, 600-square-foot spa with a classic massage like deep tissue or stress relief. For a one-of-a kind Lake Oconee treatment, book the Golf Ball Massage, which includes a knot-busting kneading technique using a heated golf ball. 

EVENING
  • The Perfect Meal.

    Take in gorgeous Oconee golf course vistas while dining on a classic American meal at Linger Longer Steakhouse. The restaurant specializes in Black Angus steak, served alongside other delicacies like 24-hour Braised Pork Belly and Maine Lobster Bisque. Make sure to save room for the signature Chocolate Soufflé.

  • Gather Round.

    Every Friday and Saturday night, you’ll find live entertainment at the Lobby Lounge. Tuck into a cozy table by the fireplace, order a cognac nightcap, and lose yourself in the music. 

Day

2

MORNING
  • Swing Classes.

    Start the day with a private golf lesson with a pro at The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Presented by TaylorMade. The one-on-one sessions include digital swing evaluation and analysis, as well as plenty of time on the course to determine a plan designed to dramatically improve your play. Don’t forget to get your caffeine fix in the resort’s Coffee Shop, located in the lobby. 

MIDDAY
  • Par Excellence.

    Apply your newfound skills with a round on Great Waters, the 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Great Waters wends first through evergreen parkland corridors, then through spectacular lakefront coves and vistas. It’s no surprise it has been named one of the state’s best courses, second only to Augusta National.

AFTERNOON
  • Local Flavor.

    Scrawl your name on the chalkboard wall — that’s how to ensure you’ve been added to the guest list at the Silver Moon, a bustling bar and grill that’s a local favorite for its exceptional, hearty pub fare, such as crispy fish and chips, as well as Southern favorites like shrimp and grits.

  • Souvenir Shopping.

    Pay a visit to the Greensboro Antique Mall, located in the historic Big Store building dating back to 1860, when it was the largest retailer between Atlanta and Augusta. The 11,000-square-foot space is stuffed to the gills with high-quality antiques, collectibles and décor, from more than 50 dealers. 

  • Make Waves.

    Navigate a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or Schiller Water Bike through Lake Oconee’s pristine water. If you’d prefer to pick up the pace, opt for exhilarating wake-boarding or water-skiing adventures. You can always dial back the intensity and relax on a piloted lake tour aboard a Tri-Toon boat.

EVENING
  • Private Dining.

    The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee’s Chiminea Dining Experience takes you and your partner to the lakeshore for a private three-course meal. Sip wine while unwinding in Adirondack chairs, and warm your toes in front of your personal chiminea, an outdoor fireplace. 

  • Sweet Ending.

    Head over to the resort’s fire pit in time for s’mores, where our Adventure Leaders help you construct the ooey-gooey treat, and shares the history of the tradition and its timeless ingredients.