THE SNOW IS BACK-So you should be back at the Schaumburg Golf Club where three simulators are waiting to host your tee time. Because you can’t play the Schaumburg Golf Club outside, you can play it inside. Book now at or call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000. The pro shop is filling up with merchandise for golf season.

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APRIL is the Masters-NOW you can make Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro GA. your home for Masters week. Augusta National Golf Club is about 70 miles away. Just over a 1 hour drive from the tournament.

IT CAN’T be Masters week without a round of golf on the Great Waters Golf Course, designed by the greatest masters champion ever-Jack Nicklaus.

REYNOLDS-For when Georgia is on your mind.

Reynolds has 6 golf courses, 5 of those are open for guest play. But all five of them are national award winners.

SO IF your looking to make Reynolds Lake-Oconee your home for Masters week. Call now and the reservation sales team will price your stay. Masters week runs from March 31st through April 10th. (800)-901-1204.

WHERE YOU STAY: The Reynolds Lake Oconee Cottages and Condominiums. Two to four bedroom lodging units. But the famed Southern-style breakfast is included each morning at the Eighty8 Kitchen+Cocktails. Daily housekeeping service. So you can order what else you might need through the Reservation-Sales team.

The first hole on the Oconee Course by Rees Jones.

Reynolds Lake-Oconee has five award winning golf courses.

They are all ranked by Golfweek magazine in the top 13 best you can play in state.

Great Waters by Jack Nicklaus #2. The Oconee by Rees Jones #4. National by Tom Fazio #10. Preserve by Bob Cupp #12. The Landing by Cupp #13.

But Masters Week does have restrictions and prices are subject to change.

The 1st hole at the Preserve-by Bob Cupp.

The Preserve Golf Course was designed by Cupp. But Cupp had help from two U.S. Open Champions.

Because both Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green worked with Cupp as player consultants.

So while the Preserve is not a long golf course. There is plenty of challenge from the back tee’s are 6,674 yards. But for golfers of all skills, there are eight sets of tees, something rarely found on top rated courses.

The par 4 fifth hole on the Landing Golf Course, the first course built at Reynolds Lake-Oconee.

The Landing Golf Course was the first golf course built at Reynolds, it opened in 1986.

But it’s a longer course than the Preserve Course, with the back tees playing at 6,991 yards. So like the Preserve Course, the Landings course has 8 sets of tees.

Both courses by Cupp, set the tone for each course that followed to take Reynolds golf to the next level.

The most recent work at Reynolds was by Nicklaus, when he returned to do a recent renovation of Great Waters. Tree removal was a big part of the project, with over 1,000 trees removed. But with new sightlines around the golf course, Great Waters has become one of the best courses in Georgia.

So take your enjoyment of green jacket week to Reynolds Lake-Oconee, have Georgia on your mind. Five award winning golf courses. or call (800)-901-1204.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.