Golden Horseshoe Golf Club-Williamsburg
Just a chip shot from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, the Golden Horseshoe’s internationally acclaimed Gold and Green courses and executive-length Spotswood Course are emeralds in the crown of The Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg. Free from any bordering residential development, the courses are surrounded by mature woodlands and ravines and designated as Audubon sanctuaries. The Golden Horseshoe has been honored with Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, received 4½ stars in Golf Digest’s“2006–2007 Places to Play,” and is listed in the Zagat Survey as one of “America’s Top Golf Courses.”
The Gold Course
The Gold Course, designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., offers what great golf courses should: a spectacular setting with plenty of risk/reward decisions. Jones called it his “finest design.” The Gold Course’s 16th and 17th holes are counted among the “Top 500 Golf Holes in the World” by GOLF Magazine.
Par from the championship tee is 71 over the 6,817-yard course. Seven holes pose water hazards. The longest par-5, the 15th, measures 634 yards from the championship tee. The shortest hole, the par-3 16th hole, plays without a fairway to an unforgettable island green. Listed in “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, the Gold Course was the site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
The Green Course
Who better to create the Golden Horseshoe’s Green Course than Robert Trent Jones’s son Rees, a brilliant designer heralded by many as the “Open Doctor” for his seven U.S. Open designs? Rees took his father’s lead in designing the Green Course to the landscape, giving it rolling fairways carved from majestic woods. According to Jones, “The course defines the shot, but gives the player several options. It’s a shotmaker’s course.”
Offering fairways and rough carved from 20 acres of mature woodland, the Green Course is a par-72 from the championship tees and measures more than 7,120 yards in length. Water comes into play on six holes, with two played over water and four with lateral hazards. It’s challenging enough to have served as the site of the 2004 U.S Women’s Public Links Championship.
The Spotswood Course
A relaxing challenge is what the Spotswood Course is all about. With six par-3s, two par-4s, and one par-5, Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s update of the Williamsburg Inn’s original 1947 nine-hole course offers a great test of a golfer’s skill. GOLF Magazine called it the “best short nine-hole course in the country,” and Golf Range Magazine considers it one of the “Top Short Courses in America.”
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