Reynolds Plantation’s Oconee Course Makes Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100


Each year, Golfweek Magazine compiles lists of their “Best Courses” which cover a broad range of categories including state, classic, modern, tour, residential, resort, etc.  Reynolds Plantation’s Oconee Course made the list for “Best Resort Courses” for 2015.  Debuting at #46, the Rees Jones designed course was one of only two Georgia courses that were selected.  The list of Top 100 Resort Courses can be found online here, and is published in Golfweek’s annual edition of the “Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes.”

Reynolds Plantation offers six different golf courses, and has received numerous awards and honors for several of them.  Before the Oconee Course made Golfweek’s Top 100 List, the Great Waters course was host for this year’s inaugural Big Break Invitational that aired in early October.  The outstanding golf courses throughout the Lake Oconee Area are not just limited to Reynolds Plantation.  Cuscowilla and Harbor Club are two other gated golf communities in the area that offer great courses.

If you are interested in buying property in Reynolds Plantation or in any of the other gated golf communities in the Lake Oconee Area, please contact The Vining Group at 706-816-1010.  We will assist you in finding the perfect property that meets all of your needs.  For more information on Reynolds Plantation, Cuscowilla and Harbor Club, select Golf at Lake Oconee under the Real Estate Information section of our website.

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Professional to Buy a Home

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Professional to Buy a Home




Every year the National Association of REALTORS releases their Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, in which they reveal the results of a yearlong survey of buyers and sellers. The latest profile revealed what actual buyers saw as the benefits of using an agent during the home buying process.

Here are the Top 5:

#1: Helped the Buyer Understand the Process

Whether it is your first time purchasing a home, or you’re an experienced buyer, there are over 230 possible actions that need to happen during every successful real estate transaction.

Having someone to guide you through the process who can simply explain what is going on at every step of the way was sited as the top benefit by 63% of all buyers (that number jumped to 83% with first time buyers).

#2: Pointed Out Unnoticed Features/Faults with the Property

When you start the process of buying a home, you may be too excited to see each potential home for what it is, good and bad. An experienced professional can help you realize the potential hidden gems or risks before you make an offer.  Nearly 60% of all buyers listed this as a major benefit of hiring a professional.

#3: Improved the Buyer’s Knowledge of Search Areas

Whether you are looking to relocate to a new state, or just across town, having someone who knows the neighborhoods in which you are looking can be an invaluable asset.

#4: Negotiated Better Sales Contract Terms/Better Price

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

#5: Provided a better list of service providers

A great agent has relationships with mortgage professionals, home inspectors, appraisers and other experts that you will need in securing your dream home.

Bottom Line

If you are considering purchasing a home, whether as a first-time or move up buyer, sit down with a local experienced real estate professional in your area and see what they have to offer.


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Private Lake Retreat on Oconee

This 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath lakefront home in Morgan Estates is situated on 1.26 acres and makes the perfect lake retreat. Brick columns welcome you down the long driveway through the beautiful hardwood trees that provide much privacy. The house is positioned on a gentle slope, maximizing the gorgeous main lake views of Lake Oconee. The kitchen and bathrooms have been recently updated. New hardwood floors, carpet, and paint throughout. The rear deck is perfect for entertaining guests. Easy walk down the wooden walkway to the Max Dock with boat lift in place. Peaceful, private area, yet easy access to I-20 at the Buckhead Exit. Call The Vining Group at 706-816-1010 for more information on this wonderful lake home!

Listing Details

1491 Morgan Drive, Buckhead, GA 30625

Price:  $344,900

MLS#:  07370191

Square Feet:  3206

Acreage:  1.26

Call The Vining Group at 706-816-1010 to schedule a showing.


Holiday Festivities in the Lake Oconee Area

There are several events going on in the Lake Oconee Area this weekend. Tonight, you don’t want to miss the Lighting of the Tree in Downtown Greensboro on the Courthouse lawn. The event is from 6PM- 8PM, with the official tree lighting taking place at 7PM. Downtown shops will stay open late so you can get a start on your holiday shopping, and Santa will be available for children to visit. There will also be a hay ride through town, live music throughout the evening from people and choirs all over Georgia’s Lake Country, a marshmallow roast, Christmas goodies, and much more!

Tomorrow, Sat. Dec. 6th, Downtown Eatonton will host Christmas in the Briar Patch from 3PM-7PM. There will be arts and crafts on the Courthouse lawn, providing you with the perfect opportunity to get a start on your holiday shopping, and the local shops will be open until 8PM. At 6PM, the Lighted Parade will bring Santa through downtown, and children can have their photos taken with Santa after the parade.

Contact The Vining Group for more information on what is going on in the Lake Oconee Area this holiday season!

Regional Market Statistics

Below are various locations within the Lake Oconee area broken down into the number of active / sold homes and land lots from January all the way through the end of November 2014.

For questions about the local market, please contact Jonathan and Alyce Vining at any time. Whether you are a potential seller or buyer, The Vining Group is up to date with current market values to strategically navigate the upcoming trends, and would love to work with you. Call today!