Great Waters Golf Course - Lake Oconee

Jack Nicklaus


A Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course that introduced the Golden Bear’s design work to Lake Oconee in 1992, Great Waters is a dramatic layout that offers some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in the Southeast. Consistently ranked among the Top 100 courses in the nation, Great Waters earned the distinction from LINKS Magazine as one of the “10 most significant and influential courses of the past two decades.”

At 7,073 yards, this par 72 offers players some of the most dramatic golf scenery in the Southeast, with nine holes coming into play along the shores of Lake Oconee. Great Waters begins with a parkland style front nine, through rolling hills and thick forests, with water in play on six holes. The back nine is a completely different experience, as the final eight holes are on Lake Oconee, including the par-3 14th, one of the most photographed holes in the Southeast.

Great Waters, along with The Landing, played host to the 41st PGA Professional National Championship, the showcase event for PGA Professionals, in June 2008. The prestigious Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf was played at Great Waters from 1995 to 1997. The tournament is now known as the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

In 2009, the greens and bunkering underwent a renovation program to restore the shapes and sizes of the original specifications. Modifications enhanced shot value and preserved the integrity of the original design. A complete turf changeover was implemented on all 18 greens, from the original bentgrass to MiniVerde Bermuda.  In 2012, further enhancements and modernization of the golf course infrastructure were completed.