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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook or Linkedin. On the National Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

THE GOLDEN BEAR IS BACK. So is the Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds-Lake Oconee.

Because the Great waters Course in under renovation, Reynolds is currently short one golf course. But when it returns, Lake Oconee will shine unlike ever before.

The Great Waters Course will reopen this October, and Jack Nicklaus himself will be there to open it.

To help celebrate the reopening, one lucky twosome, gets to join in for all the fun. And they get to meet the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.

The 18th hole mid-renovation on the Great Waters Course.

Great Waters was originally built in 1992. As part of the current project, Nicklaus and his design team are taking out around 1,000 trees.

This will not only open up the golf course for better golf, but give golfers some outstanding views of the area.

The golf course will add some yardage that could allow for tournaments to return.

The Jack’s Back Getaway for two does include. A meet and greet with Nicklaus, with pictures taken.

Click here to hear Golfers on Golf, exclusive interview with Jack Nicklaus on the renovation of the Great Waters golf course, at Reynolds-Lake Oconee.

Jack Nicklaus at the recent U.S. Senior Open. photo by Rory Spears.

A special piece of Nicklaus headwear and other Nickluas apparel. A 4-day/3-night accommodations in a Reynolds Cottage. Round-trip domestic airfare and ground transportation. One round of golf on the Great Waters Golf Course. Another round of golf on the Oconee or National golf course. A Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by the Taylor Made club-fitting experience.

All meals included. And Tickets to the Reynolds “Rhythm & Brews Festival, that includes regional beers and wines. The cost of the giveaway package is, more than $6,000 dollars.

For more details on the “Jack is Back” promotion. Please visit reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Reynolds features more than 350 miles of shoreline, Six golf courses and much more. It is just 1 hour from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

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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.