Designed by Tom Fazio in 2000 and recently renovated in 2014, The National course at Reynolds features three distinct nine-hole layouts fashioned from the richly colored textured “paints” of grass, sand, trees and water found in the hardwood forests and rolling terrain of the region. The Ridge, Bluff and Cove nines that make up The National offer unmatched playing opportunities. The trademark of the course is its dramatic elevation changes from tee to fairway, as well as on approach shots – some as much as 60 feet. The typically large greens are defined by noticeable undulations, along with fairways that wind through dense forests of Georgia pines and hardwoods, flowering wild dogwoods and azaleas, while offering spectacular panoramas of Lake Oconee and the Oconee River Valley. The three nines are named for the type of terrain they feature and no two holes are alike but all share a consistency in feel for the way they match the natural contours, a total 27-hole golf experience.
My course at Reynolds Lake Oconee is called The National, but a more appropriate name is “The Natural.” The holes flow with the terrain into ravines and valley, making for a playable, member friendly course. Reynolds Lake Oconee offers a wonder blend of golf courses and its amenities extend far beyond the game. With the lake and strong family friendly calendar of events there is something for everyone. Having MetLife as the owner and developer adds another degree of stability. Their long term vision and financial might ensures Reynolds future success is pretty well guaranteed.
In Fazio fashion, the bunkers themselves are a statement. They aren't just oval, but have tentacles in every direction. They are worthy of being considered works of modern art, certainly in their grouping and distribution. Few courses are so visually dramatic.
Tom Fazio, 1997
1130 National Drive