Georgia on Our Minds
With two new distinctive neighborhoods in development—each catering to unique lifestyles—Reynolds Lake Oconee continues to broaden its appeal.
by Shaun Tolson
Lakefront Living at its Finest
For decades, Georgia’s Reynolds Lake Oconee, located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, has thrived on its reputation as an exceptional golf community, and for good reason—the 12,000-acre development is home to 117 golf holes designed by some of the game’s best architects: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and Rees Jones. The private residential development is also home to The Kingdom, a one-stop destination for all golfing needs, including a world-class academy (see School Holidays” in the Instruction section of this guide). There’s so much more to experience at Reynolds Lake Oconee, including watersports on the 19,000-acre Lake Oconee, 11 restaurants, a tennis center, and extensive programming for their more than 4,000 members.

“I was blown away by the caliber and diversity of the courses here,” says Dave Short, the community’s senior vice president for strategic planning, marketing, and sales, as he reflects on his initial visit. “I still am today, seven years into my membership. I’ll never be disappointed with whatever course I’m playing.”

Short discovered, not long after he began living at Reynolds, that the community’s eponymous, 19,000-acre lake is an amenity of equal allure. For one, it’s enormous. Its 374 miles of shoreline measures four times the length of oceanfront property found along Georgia’s entire southeastern coast. “I bought a house on the golf course when I first moved here because I didn’t have the appreciation for the lake,” he says. “So maybe when I retire I’ll move to the lake. A lot of people go through that evolution.”
With this in mind, the community has recently introduced two distinctive neighborhoods based on targeted lifestyles. The 500-acre, wellness-focused Richland Pointe is built out from a village center, where residents can enjoy a full-service spa, work out in a comprehensive fitness center that offers a Biocircuit program outfitted with TechnoGym equipment, and dine at a lakefront restaurant specializing in global cuisine. Lou Oliver, an Atlanta-based architect who has worked extensively in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, designed Richland Pointe as a walkable, waterside neighborhood with the charm of a small Southern town. Of the approximately 500 residences planned, the largest homes will measure 4,000 square feet.

Two miles to the north, The Homesteads are an exclusive area of no more than 86 lakefront homesites, each occupying about five acres of land. All lots include waterfront access and enough space to essentially create family compounds with multiple buildings, orchards, and gardens. “With these parcels of land, you have the space for whatever the future may suggest,” says Troy Lucas, the vice president of planning and development. “The Homesteads offer families the chance to create a legacy that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”