The Reynolds Lake Oconee resort – originally named the Reynolds Plantation – occupies a huge ten thousand-acre property to the east of Atlanta where it operated as an old family hunting and fishing retreat.
The Oconee River was developed in 1978 to form a large man-made lake around which the Linger Longer development company sold real estate units, enabling the construction of six golf courses along a 90-mile stretch of Lake Oconee.
The Landing and The Preserve were the first two 18-hole layouts to appear here in 1986 and 1988, each of them designed by Bob Cupp. Jack Nicklaus set out the Great Waters course in 1992 and this was followed a short time later by Tom Fazio’s 27-hole National layout.
Into the new millennium and Rees Jones added the Oconee course in 2002, with Jim Engh’s member-only Creek Club course arriving five years later.
In Daniel Wexler’s The American Golf Resort Guide the author says that the Landing course “actually began life as the separate Port Armor Country Club before being acquired in 2009. Carrying the highest rating on the property, it is a challenging course which relies less on water than one might guess.”