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explore Adventure Time to Play Georgia, the Whole Day Through The Golf Road Warriors tackle the masterful courses at the idyllic Reynolds Plantation. By Jeff Wallach ★ photos (From top) courtesy oF the ritz-carlton lodge, reynolds plantation and courtesy oF reynolds plantation An hour from Augusta — where, apparently, they stage some sort of golf tournament every year — lies a far more interesting and accessible golf destination called Reynolds Plantation. Recently the Golf Road Warriors stormed the resort for a week of excessive golf, luxe accommodations, and buttermilk pie. I was joined by broadcaster Peter Kessler and writers Dave Gould and Brian McCallen, who provided additional color during this Southern golf adventure. Set in rolling pine hills, Reynolds Plantation includes such varied real estate and lodging options as an inn, homesites, homes, condos, and cottages in a panoply of neighborhoods and styles. The property offers fishing and other water sports along 374 miles of shoreline, plus biking, hiking, tennis, wellness activities, and more. We came for the golf, and golf we did, both on and off the courses. One morning we sent Brian for a much-needed lesson at the Reynolds Golf Academy (home to world-class teaching pro Charlie King). And Dave was lucky enough to strap on the sensor suit at TaylorMade’s “The Kingdom” — possibly the world’s top club-fitting facility — to be fit for sticks that might actually work for him. Peter and I used that time to further explore the views from our decks. With even a glimpse of a golf course it’s easy to tell whether you’re in the hands of a master architect and whether he was given good land and ample artistic license. Tom Fazio’s National course at Reynolds checks off all the boxes. The National’s three nine-hole tracks offer three options for an 18-hole round — we played the Cove on the front nine, the Bluff on the back. The opening hole works on many levels — literally — dropping down toward water off the elevated tee and then climbing sinuously past bunkers en route to a terrific green that putts cleanly and well, as Hemingway might have said if he’d played golf. The National finishes in fine style with a muscular par-3 and two holes ribboned by creeks, waterfalls, and lakes. On day three, we executed golfball sorties at the Oconee course, designed by Rees Jones. The layout curves along the shores of Lake Oconee through scenic woodlands camouflaging attractive lakeside “cottages” — a misnomer perhaps since they can Reynolds Plantation’s Great Waters Course and (below) the No. 9 green AUGUST 2012 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - August 2012

US Airways - August 2012
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Making Waves
Wine & Dine: The American Spirit
Adventure: Reynolds Plantation
Great Escapes: Puerto Vallarta
Tel Aviv: The City That Never Sleeps
Heavy Duty: US Airways Maintenance
Toques Off! Top Chefs on Summer Entertaining
Welcome to Tampa Bay
Driving Force: The First Tee of the Triad
New Vision: Lexington, Kentucky
Best of Education: Salisbury University
Charlotte in 2012: Making a New Economy Possible
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace™
Giving Miles for Good: Fisher House
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - August 2012