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THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE

REYNOLDS PLANTATION A Paradise for Golfers, Outdoor Enthusiasts

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nown for its verdant natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities – from kayaking to bike riding to fishing – The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation is one of the country’s most acclaimed golf destinations, with signature courses designed by the top architects of the game: Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp. Situated amidst towering oaks, fragrant magnolias and flowering dogwoods are 99 holes of championship-caliber golf, with picture-perfect courses offering shimmering vistas of Lake Oconee, including: • The Landing, 18 holes, 7,051 yards designed by Bob Cupp • The Plantation, 18 holes, 6,698 yards designed by Bob Cupp • The National, 27 holes, 7,066 yards designed by Tom Fazio • The Oconee, 18 holes, 7,029 yards designed by Rees Jones • Great Waters, 18 holes, 7,048 yards designed by Jack Nicklaus Located in Northern Georgia halfway between Atlanta and Augusta and surrounded by the expansive, 19,000-acre Lake Oconee, the 251-room Ritz-Carlton Lodge merges quintessential, down home Southern hospitality with the very finest in services and amenities. The resort – situated within the 10,000 – acre Reynolds Plantation residential community – is surrounded by water on three sides, offering commanding lake views. Draped in beds of ivy and edged by towering pines, blooming crepe myrtles and colorful caladiums, the fivestory main building fronts the glistening lake, while six separate lakeside cottages and the Presidential House with four master suites overlooks the Oconee Golf Course. For golfers, the AAA Five Diamond RitzCarlton Lodge is a veritable dream- cometrue. Each course features an increasingly rare amenity: golf caddie services. Ensuring players have a unique on-course experience, attentive fore caddies take care of guests – providing hole descriptions, spotting golf balls, providing yardage, raking bunkers, attending the flagstick and offering green reads. Additionally, guests can hone their skills during full- and half-day programs, as well as in one-hour clinics, at The Reynolds Golf Academy. Academy director and veteran instructor Charlie King, ranked as one of Golf Magazine’s

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This home offers elegant Tuscan design at its finest.

underground to provide superior acoustics and visual entertainment will make any film aficionado proud. The theater lounge seats up to ten guests, with an — Valery Neuman of Windermere Real Estate, adjacent poplisting agent for Castello di Dolce Vita corn machine and snack area, adding the perfect touch for that quintessential movie ex- outdoor wonderland. perience. The massive great room is a sophistiThe notion of the typical outside area is cated entertainment haven with thirty-foot transcended with a custom pool and spa wide pocket sliding doors faced towards the featuring infinity edges that disappear into covered patio, pool area, and golf course; the horizon. Custom grass borders, and use sixteen-foot wide pocket sliding doors are of boulders and water features creates an positioned to the south covered patio and

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water feature area. The indoor/outdoor bar with sitting lounge and direct access to the covered patio area adds an inhabitable feeling to the picture perfect scene. A grand master suite, completely private and separated from the other living spaces, creates a total retreat of awesome splendor. Become inspired by the desert’s eternal canopy of sky and enchanting, moonlit nights. The breathtaking, panoramic views are bound to change perspectives and alter moods as you sink into a space between the heavens and the earth looking out over the picturesque golf course, sparkling lake and mountain backdrop. Castello di Dolce Vita provides year-round living opportunities and capitalizes on stunning Southern California weather to make “The Sweet Life” a reality. • The asking price for the home fully furnished is $6,950,000. For more information, visit ValeryNeuman.com or WindermereSoCal.com.

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e were flying in a helicopter next to roughly 10,000-foothigh peaks over glacially carved, impossibly blue lakes in the Canadian Rockies when the “Eureka!” moment struck – this is what it must have felt like for Earth’s pioneers, the great explorers who first set eyes on previously uncharted territories. Such were the simultaneous feelings of isolation, primal awe and appreciation for unspoiled natural splendor

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Alberta Canadian Rockies Put Golfers on Cloud Nine BY BRIAN OAR

which were awakened. This planet’s magnificent gifts never cease to amaze, but refreshed appreciation was aroused during a recent visit to the Alberta province. Centerpiece to the visit was Banff and Jasper national parks. Banff is located about 80 miles west of Calgary, and Jasper 250 miles southwest of Edmonton. The two parks are essentially next to each other, spanning roughly 8,000 square miles along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK In the fall of 1883, Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered hot springs in Alberta's Rockies. With that small natural find, the Banff National Park was born, Canada's first national park and the world's third. The area quickly gained notoriety across North America and Europe via the railroad advertising a new, spectacular destination. William Cornelius Van Horne, the railroad's president at the time, famously said: "Since I

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Morgan’s Orange Blossom 64

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. Beefeater Gin 2 oz. Orange juice 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup Splash of Grenadine Orange wheel Cherry METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a splash of grenadine and garnish with an orange wheel and cherry. Sip slowly and enjoy! •

Photo courtesy of La Quinta Resort and Club.

organ’s In the Desert is located at the La Quinta Resort and Club where orange trees abound. It is home to James Bear award-winning chef, Jimmy Schmidt. Morgan’s welcomes guests for dinner with California Desert Cuisine, boutique wines and crafted spirits. The Morgan’s Orange Blossom is the perfect summertime cocktail and is named after the resort’s logo.

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