Steve Pike Anywhere: Lake Oconee in Georgia’s Lake Country

Located just outside Atlanta, the Ritz Carlton Reynold's luxury hotel on Lake Oconee, is home to five championship golf courses that offer 99 holes of play.

GREENSBORO, Georgia – One of my favorite Ritz-Carlton properties – The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee here in Georgia’s Lake Country – has started a multi-million-dollar renovation that includes its luxury guest rooms and suites and Ritz-Carlton Club Level Lounge. The 257 room, lodge-style, waterfront resort is located on 30 acres of Lake Oconee shoreline and is central to the Reynolds Lake Oconee experience that features six golf courses, including the recently-renovated Great Waters course, and the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds.

“The transformation that our resort will see over this next year will redefine luxury in Georgia,” said Ralph Vick, general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide our guests with a rejuvenated experience through this exciting next chapter and look forward to being a part of lifetime memories and traditions created here at the resort.”

Each of the guest rooms and suites, Vick said, will be designed by Marzipan Design Studio, and reflect charming ambience of a stylish lakeside home.

Each Executive Suite will follow suit with a natural color palette paired with warm accents reflective of a luxe lake house. Striking pieces including plantation shutters, wooden ladder towel holders, free-standing soaking tubs, and rich wood sliding doors align with the aesthetic of a lakeside abode. Along with the design enhancements, the structure of each Executive Suite will be transformed, lending itself to further water views.

Greensboro tells thet tale of southern history and tradition, its downtown filled with antebellum homes, churches and antiques stores, and home to a truely popular vacation destinmation.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level will debut a transformed experience, including an updated Club Lounge, as well as the addition of five new Premium King Guest Rooms.

The complete transformation of the guest rooms and suites will be complete in April 2020.

The resort’s transformative journey will continue into the fall with changes and enhancements that will energize the guest experience within The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee’s Backyard. The luxe infinity pool overlooking Lake Oconee will become a relaxing oasis, while a separate Family Pool will be built along the shore.

A special focus is being placed on the resort’s youngest guests with the creation of a new Ritz Kids club near the playground and Family Pool.

This transformation joins the addition of the new Barrel Room, and refresh of the resort’s culinary destinations, including Linger Longer Steakhouse and Gaby’s by the Lake, each of which debuted earlier this year.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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