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  • Fishing Clubs on Lake Oconee at Reynolds Plantation Georgia

    Posted Under: General Area in Greensboro, Quality of Life in Greensboro, Parks & Recreation in Greensboro  |  June 7, 2014 6:10 AM  |  241 views  |  No comments



    June brings endless summer days for fishing on Lake Oconee Georgia. Folks living in Reynolds Plantation know this secret and don't mind sharing it with their friends and family. The Reynolds Plantation social clubs are just as excited about catching the biggest and baddest fish in the lake, and those who own Lake Oconee waterfront homes know they have the best view to watch the action. Check out what this gated Georgia golf community is all about when property owners hit the water for the summer season in 2014.

    While Reynolds Plantation is known for its award winning golf facilities, this lakefront neighborhood takes its competitive action to the water, as well. Fishing on Lake Oconee is a prime location for those that seek the biggest catch. The lake was formed by the Oconee and Appalachian mountains covers 18,971 acres with 347 miles of sparkling shoreline. Folks have exciting opportunities to catch their supper or earn trophies when they find out that each acre contains approximately 433 pounds of fish. Residents can choose superb golf but the Reynolds Plantation social clubs are actively involved with boating and fishing on Lake Oconee. 

    Reynolds Plantation owners can join the community’s fishing club known as the Lake Oconee Anglers. Currently the club has 54 active members and are always looking for more. These avid fishermen schedule monthly meetings, social excursions, shopping trips and tournaments around the Lake Oconee area. Most recently members of the club and owners of the gated Georgia golf community attended a fishing tournament on May 13, 2014. Twenty eight anglers took to the water and caught 91 keeper bass and averaged 1.78 lbs. per fish. These numbers broke a record for the Lake Oconee Anglers club, after they recorded their results for the 23rd Annual Tournament on April 11th & April 13th. The group caught the same amount, but their fishing skills and luck greatly improved this spring.

    Owners of Lake Oconee waterfront homes can literally see the fish frolicking from their windows. Lake Oconee is known as one of the best locations to fish for largemouth bass in Georgia. The average summer water temperatures range from 80-88 degrees fahrenheit from June to August. During the summer months, the temperature of the water increases and the water level fluctuates giving fishing fanatics great opportunities to succeed. 

    Last June, the average water temperature was between 78-82 degrees fahrenheit and the clarity was lightly stained. The water level was considered a full pool, and the bass were predicted to be 12-15 feet deep. Crappie and lineside fishing were predicted as being “very good” and best during the mid-morning. Fisherman were advised to focus on brush piles or deep drop offs. 

    Retirees fishing on Lake Oconee will be impressed when they see the abundance of largemouth bass visible when the water level decreases during this year. Dark shaded areas around pillars and docks are where they hide, and members of the Reynolds Plantation social clubs are patient and ready to catch sunfish, bream and catfish.

    It is a fishing frenzy in the gated Georgia golf community this year, but other activities like golf and tennis are available year round. Reynolds Plantation amenities include:

    • Six 18 Hole Championship Golf Courses 
    • Six Resort-style swimming pools 
    • Reynolds Golf Academy
    • Ritz-Carlton Lodge 
    • Five Golf Clubhouses 
    • 16 Tennis Courts with Stadium Seating 
    • The 38,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Fitness Center 
    • Heritage Nature Center 
    • Four Full Service Marinas with Boat Ramps 
    • Lake Oconee Villages 

    The friendly lakefront neighborhood has a variety of properties and homes available to folks interesting in living on one of Georgia's best lakes. At Reynolds, it's easy to get plugged in as a newcomer with more than 30 active social clubs such as the Lake Oconee Anglers.

    Take a peek at Reynolds Plantation homes

    There is so much to do with the combination of fishing, golfing and socializing. For more information about the summer fishing season with the Anglers or to get a list of available Lake Oconee waterfront homes, contact Reynolds Plantation direct at 706.467.1133 or email.

  • Linger Longer Living Series Kicks Off at Reynolds Plantation

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Greensboro, Entertainment & Nightlife in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  April 14, 2014 1:24 PM  |  419 views  |  No comments



    Special moments linger a bit longer at Reynolds Plantation. This year, Baby Boomers interested in owning Lake Oconee real estate are learning why this award winning gated community is standing out compared to others and it's not just because of golf. The entire Lake Oconee area is a perfect place to stay during The Golden Years, but Baby Boomers who want to really take advantage of living life to the fullest are discovering the rich cultural life offered in the neighborhood. Starting on April 15, 2014, the Reynolds Planation Linger Longer Series kicks off with a field trip to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. 

    Check out the list of upcoming Linger Longer Series events in April: 

    • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – The Spring Wildflowers of North Georgia lecture & discussion at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a great way to stop and smell the roses this month. A cocktail hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. and a historical discussion of Georgia’s natural and cultural surroundings will kick off the new season in style. 
    • Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Under Magnolia begins at 5:00 p.m. will feature an appearance by the author, Frances Mayes. Residents and retirees interested in Reynolds Plantation homes for sale can attend a lecture, discussion and meet the author during the book signing.
    • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Jim Crow’s Last Gasp begins at 5:00 p.m. The Dean of the College of Environment and Design, Dan Nadenicek will lead a lecture and discussion about The Story of Georgia’s Equalization Schools in 1950-1970. 
    • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – The Shamrock and Peach begins at 5:00 p.m. at The Rock House. Irish Chef & Culinary Author, Judith McLoughlin and Irish Landscape Photographer & Artist, Gary McLaughlin will lead a lecture, tasting & book signing for attendees interested in Irish culture and cuisine. 
    • Thursday April, 24, 2014 –  The Mary Sigalas Quartet begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Great Waters Clubhouse. Residents and members of the social clubs at Reynolds Plantation can enjoy a three-course meal and a jazz concert.
    • Tuesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1, 2014 – Mary Segar’s Painting Workshop will show aspiring artists how to improve their technique. One-on-one demonstrations and instruction from the oil painter, Mary Segar, is sure to attract many creative Lake Oconee real estate property owners.

    Located just over an hour east of Atlanta and nestled on picturesque 19,000 acre Lake Oconee, the private gated community of Reynolds Plantation is a breath of fresh air for retirees beginning their new lives. Originally the area was a hunting and fishing territory more than 100 years ago. Now, Reynolds Plantation has evolved into a friendly 2,300 home Lake Oconee neighborhood and an expected 4,000-5,500 homes will complete the community. With six 18-hole championship golf courses, five golf clubhouses, 38,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art fitness center, six swimming pools and active social clubs at Reynolds Plantation, it is no surprise that happiness lingers longer in this community.

    On April 3, 2014, The Nationals golf course designed by Tom Fazio re-opened for play. Over the past nine months, the course has undergone an extensive program of upgrades, fixes, and replanting. All putting greens were converted from bent grass to Champion Dwarf Bermudagrass, and every green collar improved. 

    Happiness is key to living a long and healthy life, and Reynolds Plantation is on a mission to support this cause. The community launched the Linger Longer Living cultural lifestyle series to residents interested in broadening their horizons. While the social clubs at Reynolds Plantation schedule activities year round, this series features artistic exhibits, entertaining performances, educating opportunities which happen only once in a lifetime. Baby Boomers interested in investing in Lake Oconee real estate, can learn a thing or two if they choose to live the good life at Reynolds Plantation.

    The Linger Longer Living Series has even more events to enjoy in the next few months. Retirees living at Reynold’s Plantation have a full schedule of social events this year, and they take advantage of every lingering moment.

    To schedule a visit through their Discovery Package, call Reynolds Plantation direct at  706.467.1133 or email.

  • Stay and Play - Reynolds Plantation Discovery Package

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Greensboro, Parks & Recreation in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  February 18, 2014 1:17 PM  |  301 views  |  No comments



    Where your heart can play and your spirit can escape, Baby Boomers who are searching for where to retire in Georgia are seeing how much fun they can have around the clock when they choose to live at Reynolds Planation. Over the past two decades, the community and surrounding Lake Oconee real estate continues to attract families from around the nation to see one of the top golf communities to live in Georgia and experience the lifestyle through Reynolds Plantation’s Discovery Package.

    While some folks only allow enough time for a quick ride through this gated golf community, we believe it’s smarter for serious buyers to fully immerse themselves in the lifestyle and experience the friendliness of the neighborhood up close. The community offers plenty of Reynolds Plantation home options in addition to award winning amenities. The amenities include:

    • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
    • Six 18 Hole Championship Golf Courses
    • Reynolds Golf Academy and The Kingdom at Reynolds Plantation
    • Five Golf Clubhouses
    • Six Resort-style Swimming Pools
    • 16 Tennis Courts with Stadium Seating
    • 38,000 Square Foot Fitness Center
    • Heritage & Nature Center
    • Four Full Service Marinas with Boat Ramps
    • Ritz-Carlton Lodge
    • Lake Oconee Villages 

    Retirees deciding where to retire in Georgia can stay in the community’s very own luxury cottages or condominiums through the “Stay and Play” package. Visitors are treated to a hearty breakfast at the Plantation Clubhouse each morning and have the option of playing a few rounds of golf at one of the Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Visitors can choose to play on The Plantation, The Landing, Great Waters or The Oconee courses for special rates and have direct access to the putting green and practice range to perfect their swing. Accommodations are fully equipped with all the luxuries of a permanent home. Buyers who take advantage of the Reynolds Plantation “Stay and Play” Discovery Package can experience what the fun filled life residents enjoy each day living in a resort-style community. 

    Year round activities and social events take place at Village at the Landings and throughout the neighborhood. Retirees and families interested in learning where to retire in Georgia will find the Village at the Landings family pool impressive! The swimming pool features a 150 ft. water slide, playground or bocce courts. For family gatherings, the great lawn is great for reunions or private birthday parties. The Lake Club includes an junior-Olympic size pool, spa, cafe and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. The 38,000 sq. ft facility also includes a game room, ballroom and pavilion bar with a fire pit. While there are plenty of prime Lake Oconee real estate in the area, nothing quite compares to this private gated golf community! And – there is still more.

    For residents interested in boating activities on the lake, the lakeside docks are easily accessible for a day on the water or for some time to soak up the warm sun. Lake Oconee has been named on the list of Top 10 Gorgeous Lakes in the U.S. by MSN. Plantation Marina and Plantation Point Pavillion are the beautiful places to watch the sunset or take a stroll around the immaculately landscaped event areas. Many weddings and celebrations are held in this pristine paradise in Georgia! 

    Contact Jere Mills of Reynolds Plantation direct to check on availablity for the “Stay and Play” Discovery Package. Call 706-467-1133 or email.

  • Reynolds Plantation - The Ultimate Staycation at Home

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Greensboro, Parks & Recreation in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  December 11, 2013 7:52 AM  |  381 views  |  1 comment



    Vacationers and retirees alike seek the excitement and relaxation of resort amenities, but often miss the comfort of their own home. At Reynolds Plantation, one can experience the ultimate staycation on beautiful Lake Oconee real estate. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a day of leisurely activities and return home at night to your own luxurious bed. Extraordinary golf, lakefront living, a comprehensive wellness center, and Ritz-Carlton Spa are only a few of the reasons this Georgia Lake and golf community is at the top of the list for Baby boomers searching where to retire in Georgia.

    The term staycation defines the resort-like amenities many travelers crave when indulging in a relaxing vacation, or when looking where to retire in Georgia, but it also outlines the convenience of having all those amenities within reach of your doorstep. The New York Times published a research article in 2010 on How Vacations Affect Your Happiness™. According to Mr. Nawijn, tourism research lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, vacations do make people happy. The anticipation and relaxation of a vacation builds a happier being.

    Read more at:
    http://realestatescorecard.com/news/healthy-living/fitness/reynolds-plantation-ultimate-staycation-home
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Bliss at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee Georgia

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Greensboro, Parks & Recreation in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  November 7, 2013 7:51 AM  |  286 views  |  No comments


    A birthday was celebrated in a prestigious Georgia lake community recently. In fact, 200 residents united to share a very happy birthday for their own community of Reynolds Plantation! On September 21, 2013, the community’s new renovated Great Waters Club House hosted the 25th Anniversary and left a long lasting impression for all of the attendees and guests interested in Lake Oconee real estate. 

    The event, originally scheduled on the lawn, was organized indoors due to the rain, but attendees and guests were welcomed with an even better surprise. With the calming rainfall and the luxurious new clubhouse interior, everyone wined and dined on the finest of foods and enjoyed an abundance of fun activities. 

    Folks who had not visited the new Great Waters Clubhouse were in awe with the new features from the moment they entered. The clubhouse was renovated with new tiles in the lobby and guests explored the refurbished lounge.  The attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner in the spectacular new dining room. The dining room comfortably hosted the dinner and reflected the elegant atmosphere of Reynolds Plantation. The new carpet and  beautifully painted and adorned walls enhanced the feel of the lake community hospitality. The night ended with a stunning fireworks display and a commemorative toast. For those interested in Reynolds Plantation homes for sale, the new clubhouse and its events are more reasons to relocate to this community. 

    “There’s not a better club and a better group of people anywhere in the country,” said Rabun Neal, president of Reynolds Plantation. “We have had a fantastic year and seen a lot of positive change in our community. The people of this community are the reason we have been so successful for the past 25 years and we look forward to all the wonderful things in store over the next 25" according to the Lake Oconee Breeze newspaper.

    The annual events added to the spirit and excitement of this Georgia lake community. People from far and wide travel to check out local Lake Oconee real estate and to play on the award-winning golf courses at Reynolds Plantation.  The Signature Jack Nicklaus Course and the Great Waters course are some of the most elite in the nation. The Great Waters Course was named in GOLF Magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in America. Christopher Rants, former member of Iowa’s House of Representatives, tried his swing at all of the courses on this list beginning in 2004. The Great Waters course was last on his list and the experience made quite an impression. 

    There is much more to do in this community for people interested in the Reynolds Plantation homes for sale. The residents enjoy the exclusive amenities beyond the six golf courses. The community offers an award-winning tennis center, 30 self-organized social clubs, sixteen tennis courts, 374 miles of breathtaking scenic shoreline and water activities. Residents can spend their spare time in the lap of luxury and indulge on the superb accommodations at this Georgia lake community. 

    Golfers will be stunned when they step foot on the golf courses, social butterflies will thrive in the numerous social clubs and all residents will celebrate in the fun at Reynolds Plantation. It is only a matter of time before the secret is out about this award winning community! To learn about upcoming events and celebrations at Reynolds Plantation or to get more information about available Lake Oconee real estate, write to us at info@realestatescorecard.com or call us toll free at 866.384.1799.

  • Reynolds Plantation Lake Club - Invigorating Fitness Center

    Posted Under: General Area in Greensboro, Quality of Life in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  September 25, 2013 7:52 AM  |  570 views  |  No comments



    When the fall leaves disappear and the cooler crisp air rolls into the
    Lake Oconee real estate developments, health conscious residents are likely to move their fitness routines indoors. Property owners at Reynolds Plantation have an above average fitness center on property known as The Lake Club. Over 100,000 members and guests work out at the center each year. 

    This premier, members-only facility provides 50 state-of-the-art fitness workout centers and jaw-dropping views of Lake Oconee all year long. Personal training is at the residents’ disposal to empower fitness routines, perfect form, and maximize functional fitness. Weight training machines, free weights, treadmills, ellipticals and more make up a significant component of the Reynolds Plantation fitness center. There is also an abundance of classes featuring popular workouts such as Zumba, Pilates, yoga and more. These are high quality ways to maintain optimum health with friends and fellow residents who share the passion for staying in shape at this premier slice of Lake Oconee real estate on, arguably, Georgia’s best lake.

    The Reynolds Plantation fitness center has more! It's home to...

    Read the full story: http://realestatescorecard.com/news/healthy-living/fitness/lake-club-reynolds-plantation-invigorating-fitness-center

  • The Grass is Greener at Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Greensboro, Parks & Recreation in Greensboro, Home Buying in Greensboro  |  August 20, 2013 8:02 AM  |  516 views  |  No comments

    Literally, the grass is greener at Reynolds Plantation this fall season! Avid golfers are gearing up for a fantastic golf season at Oconee Golf Course in Greensboro Georgia. Soon to be open to club members, the Rees Jones designed golf course will be unveiled as the most polished of all of the golf courses at Reynolds Plantation with its new renovations. The upscale Lake Oconee gated community is nestled beside one of the best Georgia lakes around and golfers are anxious to see what its community and new golf course can offer residents this year. 

    While the Oconee golf course design remains the same, members of Reynolds Plantation can look forward to playing on a different type of grass. The Oconee course will follow in the footsteps of its fellow Reynolds Plantation courses, Great Waters and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, and upgrade its grass to hybrid bermudagrass. Other golf courses at Reynolds Plantation like The Landing and The Bob Cupp allow players to try their swing on TiffEagle grass. The greens upgrade is the newest grass type available to elite golf courses, and the hybrid bermudagrass is very durable and compliments the surrounding environment.


    Other enhancements of the golf course...

    http://realestatescorecard.com/news/real-estate-news/georgia/grass-greener-reynolds-plantation-golf-courses

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