Golden Horseshoe’s Gold Course Honored Among GOLFWEEK’S Best Resort Courses for 2015

The historic Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club remains one of the most respected golf courses in the country, being named again to Golfweek magazine’s list of Best Resort Courses for 2015.
The classic 1963 Robert Trent Jones Sr. design is No. 49 on the collection of top 100 resort courses in the country, moving up an impressive 13 spots from the 2014 rankings, and is one of only three Virginia destination golf courses to crack the top 50.
Withstanding the test of time, the Gold Course has earned a variety of honors for decades, and earlier this year was again named to Golfweek’s list of Best in State Courses You Can Play. Showing its versatility through the years, the par 71 has been listed among Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” as well as America’s 200 Toughest Courses” and among “America’s 50 Most Fun Public Courses.”

The historic Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club remains one of the most respected golf courses in the country, being named again to Golfweek magazine’s list of Best Resort Courses for 2015.
Host of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship, the Gold Course is one of the best examples of traditional golf course architecture in the world. It is the premier course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which offers 45 holes of championship golf. The Gold Course, the Green Course and the nine-hole Spotswood Course are designated as Audubon sanctuaries, situated just south of the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area.
Renovated in 1998 by Jones’ son, golf architect Rees Jones, the Gold Course remains faithful to the original design. The project expanded the appeal of the course for higher-handicap players while simultaneously lengthening the course from the back tees to a maximum of 6,817 yards (144 slope).
In addition to golf at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, guests have a choice of more than 1,000 guest rooms among five distinctive hotel properties, from economy to luxury surrounding Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg resort services and products supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the private, not-for-profit center for history and citizenship that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.
Williamsburg, Va., is located within an hour’s drive of Richmond or Norfolk, 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., just off Interstate 64.
More information about the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club and Colonial Williamsburg is available by accessing the website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/wellness-and-recreation/golf or by calling toll-free 855-296-6627.

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High School Golf Prep Camp @ Williamsburg National

High School Prep Camp is intended for those wishing to achieve more playing time, lower their scores or looking to make their high school golf team.  Players should be have some experience as players will be divided into the groups based on a skill evaluation and average scores.  Groups will be Masters 70-80, US Open 80-90 and British Open 90-100.

imageCamp will start on Sunday with an orientation, a brief presentation on skill development and defining the golf skills necessary to improve one’s game.  Time will also be spent evaluating player’s skill, breaking into groups and beginning the skill development process in putting, chipping/pitching, driving and approach shots.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday two hours will be spent in drill stations with the remaining time coaching the players on course.  Thursday there will be a brief warm up and 18 holes of stroke play.

Contact  ed@edteergolf.com or 757-253-0589 with questions or to register.

Coaches: 

Ed Teer, Director of Instruction and Doug Meredith Head Coach Jamestown High School.

Daily Schedule:

Sunday, July 27, 2014:

2:00 – 2:45  Orientation and Presentations

2:45 – 3:00  Divide into groups and begin skill evaluations

3:00 – 4:00  Putting

4:00 – 5:00  Chipping/Pitching

5:00 – 6:00  Full Swing

Monday – Wednesday, July 28-30:

1:00 – 1:15 Physical warm-up

1:15 – 3:15 45 minute Skill Development Stations (3)

3:30 – 5:30  Supervised On Course Play

Thursday, July 31:

1:00 – 1:15 Warm Up

1:30 – 5:30 18 Holes Stroke Play (or as many as possible)

Fee: (22 hours of coaching)

$275

Final July Summer Camp for Beginners & Intermediate

Monday – Thursday, July 28-31, 2014
8:30 – 12:00
$150

Junior camps are a great way to introduce juniors to the great game of golf.  During the week the campers will be learn the fundamentals of golf through game like drills, how to play the game, a few basic rules and be exposed to a daily fitness routine.  If course scheduling allows, the final day will be on course.
Players should be sunscreen, hat, refillable water bottle, small snacks and a large towel. 
Contact Ed at 757-253-0589 or ed@edteergolf.com with questions or to register

Ed Teer

Director of Instruction, Master Club Fitter

757.253.0589
Location:

Williamsburg National Golf Club 3700 Centerville Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188

Colonial Heritage Golf Club, Williamsburg’s Best Kept Golf Secret

Golfers, if you’re looking for a challenging, well-maintained course that plays true, features five different tees at every hole, and provides excellent food and service in the clubhouse, make Colonial Heritage Golf Club your next outing. Some golfers compare the fairways to carpet, praising them because they’re consistent to play and offer championships conditions, general manager Rich Stanfield says. Yet, the course also poses difficulties with ravines and other forced carries that will help you improve your game. You’ll get the opportunity to see deer, turtles, and other wildlife and appreciate the scenery with streams and hills.

colonial heritage clubhouse“Coming here is like visiting a private club that is open to the public without the private club pricing,” Stanfield says. You can play a round of golf, buy a player’s pass card with discounted rates, plan a tournament, or join as a golf member. All course fees include cart, golfing range and range balls.

“It’s a really good value for your money,” local golfer Nick Crowe says about the course, which is the only area course designed by Arthur Hills. “I’ve played every course in the Williamsburg area and I’ve been a member at half of them. The upkeep of the course is far superior.”

Playing a difficult course with consistency on the greens is important for Crowe, who barely missed qualifying for the U.S. Open and is trying again in May. “Because I play golf at a fairly high level, I’m looking for a course that’s going to present a challenge and will prepare me to play in tournaments elsewhere,” he says. “I know what a good golf course is.”

When Crowe putts the ball, he wants a green that’s fast and true and that’s what he gets at Colonial Heritage in Lightfoot. “It’s no fun if you’re playing well butch golf course1 you’re not scoring well,” Crowe says. “There’s nothing worse than hitting a perfect putt that should go directly to the middle of the hole but because it hits a rotten patch of grass or a place where the green hasn’t been mowed correctly, it goes crooked. At Colonial Heritage, if I roll the ball on the line where it’s supposed to, the ball is going to go exactly where it’s supposed to go.”

If you’re not as confident or as skilled, no worries. Colonial Heritage offers five different tees at every hole so that novices and near pros such as Crowe all can all enjoy a good game. “Some people can not hit a ball that far so they’ll want to hit from a shorter tee box so they can enjoy the game but they don’t have to be a long hitter,” Stanfield says. “We have holes that can play as long as 544 yards up to as short as 115 yards. The hole that plays 544 yards can be shortened to 374 yards. Multiple tee boxes allow for any level of play to achieve success.”

If you’d rather, you can play nine holes for half the price. “We’re encouraging late afternoon play after work,” Stanfield says.

Still not confident? Then you might be a candidate for Colonial Heritage’s Player Development Program, offering monthly sessions with golf pro Josh Alsip. These group lessons give would be golfers who are too intimidated to play lessons in technique and golf etiquette, says Bonny Young, director of sales and marketing.

Whether you’re on the golf course, in the pro shop or eating in the clubhouse, you’ll appreciate the service.

courseIf you haven’t been to Colonial Heritage in the last year, now is the time to go back. KemperSports took over management of the course and clubhouse and has upgraded quality, maintenance and service to rave reviews. “The staff is very good, very personable,” Crowe says. “If you make a request, they will do everything they can to fulfill it. The folks who man the phones, the wait staff, the events coordinator, they make sure they take care of you.

If you’re looking to dine out, The Magnolia Dining Room and Gallery Grill serve delicious food in a casual atmosphere, Stanfield says. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. On Friday nights in the restaurant and on the outside veranda overlooking the golf course, Colonial Heritage hosts jazz bands and other musical guests, sure, to entertain all ages. Monthly wine dinners on the third Thursday (reservations required) are becoming a favorite for many people, Young says. T he wine dinners are limited to just 30 to 35 guests, creating an intimate atmosphere and exquisite dining as the executive chef prepares each plate. In fact, the wine dinners are becoming so popular, Colonial Heritage may expand the wine dinners to twice a month in June.

So, plan to visit Colonial Heritage. The great golf, excellent service and fine food will ensure that your first visit will be the first of many.

More info here

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Colonial Williamsburg Recreation Open House to be held June 18 2014

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Inn lawn bowling club and tennis courts will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. 

Guests can register at all four locations to win a $50 Colonial Williamsburg gift card and can renew or purchase their Good Neighbor passes at the Golden Horseshoe clubhouse. Guests who visit the retail shops at the Spa, tennis courts or golf course will receive 25 percent off their purchase on the day of the open house. Members of the Williamsburg Inn lawn bowling club will be at the bowling green to demonstrate the game that dates to 13th-century England. The Spa will offer tours of the fitness facilities as well as information on services offered. The tennis pro will offer information on lessons and membership in the tennis club. Golf cart tours of portions of the Gold Course will be offered throughout the day. 

The Spa, Golden Horseshoe and Williamsburg Inn tennis club will also offer specials that will be renewable through Sept. 5. 

Guests may begin their open house experience at any of the four recreation locations and may choose to enjoy lunch at the Gold Course Grille, open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located at 401 S. England St. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is next door to the golf course at 307 S. England St. The Williamsburg Inn tennis club is located adjacent to the Inn and the lawn bowling green is located behind the Inn, at 136 E. Francis St. 

Golf Architect Rees Jones Returns to Colonial Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe

Award-winning golf course architect Rees Jones will return to Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in November to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gold Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the dean of American golf course architecture, the Gold Course opened in September 1963. Rees Jones renovated his father’s course in 1998.

The Jones family and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation enjoy a shared legacy that will be commemorate during a weekend-long celebration. Joined by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s golf community, devoted friends of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as national and regional media the occasion will honor the vision first expressed by the Rockefeller family when selecting Robert Trent Jones Sr. to design and build its signature Golden Horseshoe Gold Course more than 50 years ago.

The celebration will include a championship round on the Gold Course that will begin when a colonial cannon fires the traditional “shotgun” start of play on the Jones’ classic golf layout.

Rees Jones will be joined for an armchair conversation by Bill Barker, who eloquently portrays America’s founding father Thomas Jefferson, covering a range of topics such as the importance of a firm foundation and classic style, whether as architect of a nation or a golf course.

In 1963, upon completion of the Gold Course, Trent Jones Sr. called it his “finest design.”

The course is also one of the most beautiful in the United States, routed through mature woodlands and lovingly maintained. When the course debuted, Jones Sr. described it as “a natural arboretum”; the course was awarded certified Audubon Sanctuary status in 2001.

In 1998, Rees Jones made the Gold Course more playable for higher handicap golfers. Today, the course stretches to 6,817 yards with a par of 71 and USGA slope rating of 144.

The Gold Course continues to earn accolades for its updated yet still demanding design: It is included on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” list of public-access courses, and is one of the Top Six Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses named by Golf Digest, joining the likes of Ireland’s Ballybunion, Spain’s Valderrama, and California’s Spyglass Hill. The Gold Course appears on Golf Digest’s list (February 2013) America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

3 Great Reasons to Play Your Next Round at FORD’S COLONY COUNTRY CLUB in Williamsburg

#3 – Awesome Course Conditions
-Renovated Bunkers and New Forward Tee Boxes on Marsh Hawk
-Blackheath fairways are lush and greens are rolling well
-Blue Heron currently converting to Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda Greens for the fall

 

#2 – Harry’s Tavern
After your round, relax and join us for lunch or dinner in Harry’s Tavern featuring casual American Bistro Cuisine. Located next to the Golf Shop, Harry’s is the perfect spot with no waiting time to get a seat and enjoy our six wall mounted televisions. To view the menu, please click here . Open to the public Tuesday – Thursday from 11am—8pm, Friday – Saturday from 11am—8:30pm and Sunday from 11am—8pm.

 

#1 – Virginia Resident Twilight Rates
Escape the heat and take advantage of the long summer days with our great twilight rates:
Public Rack Rate – $89
Public Rack Twilight Rate after 1 PM – $69
VA Resident – $55
VA Resident Twilight after 1 PM – $45
VA Resident Twilight after 3 PM – $30

*All above rates include cart & green fees.

 

To contact the Golf Shop and set up your tee time,
please call our friendly Golf Shop Staff at
(757) 258-4130

JUNIOR GOLF CAMP -STONEHOUSE

JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS -STONEHOUSE
JULY 15 – JULY 18-2013
Stonehouse will be offering Junior Golf Camps July 15th-18th from 9am – 12pm with a light snack and lunch daily. Open to all skill levels ages 7 to 14. Our staff will create a fun, organized and competitive atmosphere for your kids to learn the fundamentals, rules, etiquette and sportsmanship values of golf. $130 for members; $140 for non-members. Space is limited and the deadlines to sign up are July 12th. Call or email for more details or to reserve your child’s spot. (757) 566-1138; jmoy@traditionalclubs.com

Colonial Heritage Junior Golf Camp

The 2013 Colonial Heritage Club   Junior Golf Camp is right around the corner.  This year we will host two camp sessions the first on July 19-21and the second on August 2-4.The 2013 Colonial Heritage Club   Junior Golf Camp is right around the corner.  This year we will host two camp sessions the first on July 19-21and the second on August 2-4.  All sessions will run from 9 am – 12 pm each day.  All junior golfers ages 5-17 are welcome to participate. Each golfer will receive instruction from our staff of golf professionals, lunch, prizes & gifts

Our Junior Camps offer the perfect opportunity for your child to have fun while learning the game of golf and the values the game can teach.

 

 

Cost: $100 per session
To register or for more info please contact the golf shop
757.645.2030

Colonial Heritage Golf Special-2013

Fourth of July – Special Golf Offer – $65
Enjoy a round of golf and receive a sleeve of ProV1’s & Lunch

Happy Fourth of July!  To celebrate our country’s heritage we will be giving away a sleeve of ProV1 golf balls and lunch (hot dog, chips & fountain soda) with every paid round of golf all for only $65 throughout the entire Holiday weekend .  Tee times are filling fast, so call and book today!

For tee times please call:  757.645.2030

** Offer valid 7/3/13 – 7/7/13, anytime with each paid round of $65.  Offer based on availability**ch golf flag

Golf @ Club at Viniterra $44 on the 4th

fLAG4th of July Special-2013

New Kent VA

Come celebrate the 4th of July at Viniterra in New Kent.  Play a round of golf and then visit our neighbors, New Kent Winery for a tasting.

Special Rate of $44 all day long,

includes cart and range balls.

For Military, Fire Fighters, AND Police Officers

RECEIVE a special rate of

$39.

Wear RED, WHITE AND BLUE and receive a

FREE HOT DOG AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE.

Call the pro-shop at 804.932.3888 or

Click here to Make On-Line Tee Time

3 Great Reasons to Play Your Next Round at Fords Colony Country Club in Williamsburg VA

 

 

#3 – Awesome Course Conditions
-Renovated Bunkers and New Forward Tee Boxes on Marsh Hawk
-Blackheath fairways are lush and greens are rolling well
-Blue Heron currently converting to Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda Greens for the fall

 

#2 – Harry’s Tavern
After your round, relax and join us for lunch or dinner in Harry’s Tavern featuring casual American Bistro Cuisine. Located next to the Golf Shop, Harry’s is the perfect spot with no waiting time to get a seat and enjoy our six wall mounted televisions. To view the menu, please click here . Open to the public Tuesday – Thursday from 11am—8pm, Friday – Saturday from 11am—8:30pm and Sunday from 11am—8pm.

 

#1 – Virginia Resident Twilight Rates
Take advantage of the long summer days with our great twilight rates:
Public Rack Rate – $89
Public Rack Twilight Rate after 1 PM – $69
VA Resident – $55
VA Resident Twilight after 1 PM – $45
VA Resident Twilight after 3 PM – $30

*All above rates include cart & green fees.

 

To contact the Golf Shop and set up your tee time,
please call our friendly Golf Shop Staff at
(757) 258-4130

Ed Teer Golf Academy @ Williamsburg National Golf Course

Junior Development Programs ETGA Junior Summer Camps

imageWilliamsburg has been hungry for Junior Golf Development programs that focus on developing individual skills, fostering talent to improve future high school teams and prepare young golfers for the collegiate level and beyond. Ed Teer Golf Academy now offers the area’s only year-long, multi-day program called Journey to Excellence. For the summer time we offer: US Kids Junior Camp and Ed Teer Golf Academy Junior Camps.
ETGA Junior Camps are for ages 10-14. I’ll discuss 9 year olds on an individual basis. Clubs are great to have but not necessary. Please don’t purchase before consulting ETGA. Not all junior clubs are created equal. The Ed Teer Golf Academy will be hosting three US Kids Junior Camps for juniors ages 5-11 and more info will be posted soon on the website for both programs.
The Journey to Excellence program for juniors aged 5-12 is called Rising Stars; juniors aged 11-14 can participate in New Competitive Golfer and more experienced golfers aged 13 and up can gear up for Striving for Excellence. The next session is slated to begin in early June and will be lasting through August on Thursdays and Saturdays(Including Tuesdays for Competitive Golfers and Striving for Excellence groups) but can be joined at any time to accommodate your family’s schedule. To learn more about these programs visit my Junior Coaching page online along with its sub-pages.  

ETGA Junior Summer Camps

Fun, Games and Fitness is the underlying goal of the Rising Starts program. The Basic Forms and Essential Skills to enjoy the game of golf for a lifetime are presented in a fun game like atmosphere. Along the way they will be rewarded for achieving a basic level of proficiency that comes with dedication and practice. Find out more at Edteergolf.com now!

Adult Instruction

We have a few different group options coming up for adults in the month of June including the Four Week Essential Skills Clinic, Adult Performance Group and Supervised Practice Session. Visit our home page today for a short description.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Hosts Junior Golf Clinic / Camp Summer 2013

Colonial Williamsburg’s family friendly Golden Horseshoe Golf Club welcomes junior golfers to its annual Junior Golf Program Clinic and Junior Golf Camp in June and July.  The historic destination commemorates the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course’s 50th anniversary this year and junior golfers and their families are encouraged to join the celebration.
Junior Golf Clinics will be held Mondays (June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29) and are open to girls and boys ages 6 -16.  The 6 -10 year olds meet from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and ages 11-16 receive instruction from 5 to 6 p.m.  One-hour sessions will be taught by Head Golf Professional Jeff Winters, PGA, and associate PGA Golf Professional Greg Lynch, who will cover fundamentals of the golf swing, use of short and long irons, woods and short game topics of pitching, chipping and putting.  The Rules of Golf and etiquette will be incorporated in each session, which take place at the Golden Horseshoe Green Course’s driving range and practice putting green. The cost is $105 per junior and includes instruction (7 sessions), pizza party and awards ceremony on the final day.
Junior Golf Camp will be held July 22-25 and is open to junior golfers ages 8 to 17. Golden Horseshoe’s golf professional staff has more than 70 years of combined PGA instruction experience and will offer a personal approach (six students-to-one instructor) ratio to assure that each junior golfer receives the individual attention needed to become a better golfer.  Junior golfers will have the opportunity to play golf with counselors each afternoon on the Spotswood Course, as well as the option to play all three Golden Horseshoe Courses with their parents (special twilight green fees available for parents).
Junior Camp includes afternoon golf on Spotswood with counselors (optional), range balls during the session and in the afternoon, instruction Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, refreshments at 10 a.m. daily, play day with prizes on Thursday, golf gift, before-and-after swing video analysis for campers to take home, and golf on Golden Horseshoe courses in afternoons with paying parent at special twilight fees.
On the final day of Junior Golf Camp, Thursday, July 25, the golfers will test their skills and vie for prizes in a nine-hole tournament.  The cost for day campers is $299; special rates are available for Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and Golden Horseshoe Golf Club members and their families.
The award-winning Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., opened in 1963 and plays to 6,817 yards from the championship tees.  It is noted for its excellent collection of par three holes.  Additional golf experiences include Golden Horseshoe’s Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, and the nine-hole Spotswood, perfect for family golf outings.  Playing to 1,865-yards, the par-31 course includes one 470-yard par 5, two par 4s of 260 and 325 yards, and six par 3s ranging from 90 to 215 yards.
Early registration is encouraged as these sessions fill rapidly.  Deadline for Golf Clinic enrollment is June 16 at 5 p.m.  For more information or to register, call Jeff Winters at 757-565-8697.  For more information about Colonial Williamsburg and its hotels, call 800-447-8679 or visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

2013 Tournament Schedule Announced for Kingsmill Championship

LPGA player Christina Kim was in the Williamsburg area last week for a media blitz generating excitement surrounding the Kingsmill Championship.  Kim, an 11 year veteran of the LPGA Tour is looking forward to playing the River Course for the ninth time on April 29 to May 5.  Kim is a three time Solheim Cup team member and has recorded over 40 top ten finishes in her career.

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged April 29th – May 5th, 2013 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted 30 professional golf events. The 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout provided victories from elite players on both the LPGA and PGA tours.

In addition to Kim’s visit, Kingsmill Championship Tournament Director, Katherine Thigpen, has announced the tournament schedule and other special events surrounding the upcoming championship. “The tournament last year was a fantastic event full of drama and legendary golf and this year we are looking to make the championship an even greater experience” stated Thigpen. “We hope to continue making the tournament an event the entire family and community can enjoy, while supporting the LPGA.”

See the schedule here

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged April 29th – May 5th, 2013 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. Kingsmill is a proven venue that has stood the test of time, having hosted 30 professional golf events. The 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout provided victories from elite players on both the LPGA and PGA tours.

Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

PAST CHAMPIONS:
  • 2003- Grace Park
  • 2004- Re Ri Pak
  • 2005- Cristie Kerr
  • 2006- Karrie Webb
  • 2007- Suzann Petterson
  • 2008- Annika Sorenstam
  • 2009- Cristie Kerr
  • 2012- Jiyai Shin *Defending Champion

For more information, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

Read more about Kingsmill on The James here

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

ROYAL NEW KENT #3 PUBLIC COURSE IN VIRGINIA

In Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RANKINGS

Play the Highest Ranked Public Course in the Richmond – Williamsburg Area

Other Virginia Courses picked include:

Virginia

1) Homestead Resort (Cascades),Hot Springs (No. 75 c)

2) Highland Course at Primland, Meadows of Dan (m)

3) Royal New Kent, Providence Forge (m)

4) Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg (m)

5) Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (m)

6) Riverfront GC at Harbor View, Suffolk (m)

7) Bay Creek GC (Nicklaus), Cape Charles (m)

8) Mattaponi Springs, Ruther Glen (m)

9) Independence GC, Midlothian (m)

10) Laurel Hill, Lorton (m)

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Junior Golf Camps Added to Summer Schedule

2013-Camp 1: June 24 – 27  9:00 – 12:00
Fee $125 for ages 9-13

Camp 2: July 8 – 11 9:00 – 12:00
Fee $125 for ages 9-13

Both camps will cover the Essential Skills of Golf including: Driving, Chipping & Putting.  Each day will be filled with practice stations,  game stations, physical fitness and great fun!  Limit of 20 kids per camp and spaces will go fast (camps may be added to meet demand)!
Contact Ed or call 757-253-0589 to register. 

First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula

The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula serves area youth ages 7 – 14. It is a collaboration between local area golf courses and the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA. This program provides an environment for youth to learn valuable life skills as well as learning how to play golf.

The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula began with limited programming in the fall of 2011 at The Hampton Golf Course in Hampton. Over the past 2 years, we have added 2 additional program sites, one at Newport News Park and one at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg. The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum is a program that teaches valuable everyday life lessons to children. It has been delivered to almost 900 participants in the Peninsula area through Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg school districts as well as our outreach programs.

Each Thursday, Colonial Heritage Golf Club shifts gears and plays host to a group of Williamsburg area youth for an afternoon of golf. The young golfers are members of The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula, and hitting the links is just the tip of what the organization provides to the community.

Currently, the local First Tee has approximately 4,000 participants in Williamsburg, York, Newport News and Hampton VA .

Spring sessions will be held Monday-Thursday and Saturdays. Day and time depend on age and experience level. Monday thru Wednesday the sessions will be held at The Hamptons Golf Course, Thursdays will be held at Colonial Heritage Golf Course in Williamsburg and Saturdays will be held at Newport News Golf Course.

More info here

2013 Parent’s Guide to The First Tee

The 2013 Parent’s Guide to The First Tee – “More than a Game” is now available byclicking here to download. This handbook gives parents an overview of The First Tee program and all of the numerous opportunities that are offered to its members. For a hard copy of the brochure, please call 757-223-7925 x220

DOD Military Voucher

The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Instruction Voucher is available for active Military Families.

If you are interested in this program, please CLICK HERE to download the Voucher.

This program is for children ages 7 – 14.

Become a Coach Make a difference

The First Tee Coach Program is a multi-level educational training program that prepares staff and volunteers at chapters of The First Tee to deliver The First Tee Life Skills Experience. The First Tee philosophy that drives these programs was developed with input from leading experts in the field of positive youth development.

Through a progressive series of activities and educational experiences, coaches learn to empower youth to explore options and make their own decisions, two elements that are critical to the development of a child’s value system. Research shows that The First Tee Coaches play a key role in creating positive relationships that inspire young people to look into their future, set goals and discover their individual potential.

Individuals can progress through several stages of The First Tee Coach Program depending on the level of involvement and training desired:

  • Assistant Coach
  • The First Tee Coach-in Training (Level I, II, III)
  • The First Tee Coach
  • The First Tee Master Coach

 

To enroll in The First Tee Coach Program, contact a chapter near you for more information.

Upcoming Junior golf programs

Junior golf programs offered at Ford’s Colony Ford’s Colony Country Club will offer a series of after-school golf clinics and summer camps later this year.

Cost is $75 per session and includes practical on-course experience on etiquette, rules, putting short game and full-swing and course play.

Call Eric Simmons at 258-4109 for more info

February specials at Colonial Heritage Golf 2013

$35 – Early Twilight Special – Limited Time Only!
February 8th – February 15th

Temperatures are starting to rise, now is the time to dust off your clubs and tune-up your golf game for the season.  To celebrate these mild February temperatures, we are going to offer our $35 Twilight golf rate starting at 12 pm.  Make your tee-time today as this offer will be available for a limited time only!

Call 757.645.2030 to book your tee time today!
**Offer valid 2/8/13 – 2/15/13.  Early twilight special rate begins at 12 pm.**

Serving both Williamsburg and Tidewater, this artfully crafted Arthur Hills masterpiece emulates the classic beauty and refinement of the natural terrain and landscape of its southern Virginia surroundings. Meandering through 175 acres of densely wooded grounds, the 6,889 yard, par 72 championship golf course offers five sets of tees and immaculate playing conditions creating a truly distinctive experience with every round. Strategically placed bunkers, undulating fairways and carefully planned water features create an enjoyable golfing experience for all playing abilities from novice to expert. Make the Colonial Heritage Club your destination for your next Williamsburg golf vacation.

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Jones Golf Trail in Virginia

Few names in golf course architecture are as recognizable as that of the Jones family: The late, great genius Robert Trent Jones and his equally renowned sons, Robert Trent Jones II and Rees Jones, a.k.a. "The U.S. Open Doctor." Together, the three industry giants have designed or remodeled nearly 1,000 courses across the globe.

The State of Virginia can now boast of its own version of the Jones Trail highlighting essentially three eras of course design. Golfers can play the Golden Horseshoe’s Robert Trent Jones-designed Gold Course and Rees Jones-designed Green Course. A short trip down Intestate 64 from Williamsburg lies the  popular Rees Jones-designed Club at Viniterra in New Kent. Viniterra is quickly becoming one of the regions’ most popular courses.

golden horseshoe golf williamsburg vaThe Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located just a few miles from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Two internationally acclaimed courses — the Gold and the Green — as well as the executive-length Spotswood Course make Golden Horseshoe one of the premier members of the "Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg."

Fittingly for a family destination, golf at Golden Horseshoe is a father-son affair. Trent Jones Sr. designed the Gold Course in 1963 and Rees came along to build the Green Course nearly 30 years later. Golden Horseshoe’s Gold Course combines panoramic views with intriguing and often-difficult shot demands; or as Trent Jones Sr. called it, "a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built. The overall result is perfection."

Opened in 1963, the Gold Course is both an enduring example of traditional golf course architecture – walk able and free of surrounding real estate development – an excellent counterpart to its companion Green Course, which at 7,120 yards plays a little tougher than its sibling. The par on Green is 72, the course is rated an intimidating 75.1, with a slope of 134. Rees incorporated rolling fairways among old-growth woodlands with water in play of six of the 18 holes. "The course defines the shot," he said, "but gives the player several options. It’s a shot maker’s course." The Green Course hosgolf course @ viniterra in new kentted the 2004 U.S Women’s Public Links Championship.

Located just off I-64 in New Kent toward Richmond, The Club at Viniterra opened in late 2009 as an amenity to help sell real estate and once the golf course fully matured, the developers elected to open the course for public play earlier this year. Needless to say, Viniterra has won the hearts of the area’s golfers.

Built upon nearly 1,200 acres of wooded and rugged terrain, Viniterra can stretch to nearly 7,800 yards from the tips and flies against the grain of your typical Tidewater design. With massive fairways and run-ups to nearly all of its jaw-dropping green complexes — combined with the thoughtful and strategic placement of various grass, sand and water hazards — Viniterra is enjoyable for golfers who select the proper set of tees, as some holes offer up to a dozen different teeing grounds.

The masterful Jones course routing incorporates many of the diverse, natural features of the site including frequent and dramatic elevation changes, various wetland areas and portions of mature, deciduous forest. Where appropriate, ponds and a total of 13 bridges were built to provide both strategic and aesthetic value. "What you see [at Viniterra] is what you get in terms of being able to see most every shot on the golf course," said Jones. "There are generous fairways and open approaches to many of the greens. If you have happen to go over some greens, there are catch basins and grass hollows to capture those shots."

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This article is brought to you by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf, known around town as “Mr. Williamsburg” because of his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area and its real estate market. If you are relocating, retiring, seeking a vacation home, or simply curious about homes and neighborhoods in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area, John is happy to help. Click here to send him an email, or call him at 757-254-8136.  

 

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Tickets on sale for the 2013 Kingsmill Championship

michelob open 1st tee Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Kingsmill Championship to be held April 29 – May 5, 2013, on the  River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Tickets, including a Special Holiday Promotion, are available here

General tickets start as low as $25. 

Kingsmill is offering a “special holiday promotion” through Dec. 31 that might be attractive for the golfer’s in your social circle.

$60 buys you a discounted grounds badge for tournament week – Wednesday through Sunday, May 1-5 – plus a complimentary green fee good for any of Kingsmill’s three courses. For $80, you get grounds and clubhouse access along with the green fee.

The complimentary green fee is available for use on all three Kingsmill Resort courses, valued up to $185.  These holiday gift offers will only be available until December 31st.

Throughout tournament week, Kids 17 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.  Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

kingsmill golf courseThe 2012 Kingsmill Championship had record-breaking crowds with more than 62,000 spectators watching the stars of the LPGA battle it out for the $1.3 million purse. With a stellar leaderboard and a 9-hole playoff, Jiyai Shin beat Paul Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship, ending the longest playoff between two players in LPGA history.

“We are excited to have the Kingsmill Championship during the new spring dates this year,” stated Wayne Nooe, Executive Director of the Kingsmill Championship. “The 2012 event was an exciting family-friendly atmosphere with great golf and we look forward to welcoming the best LPGA players from all over the world once again to Kingsmill Resort.”

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the tournament website

About the Kingsmill Championship

The Kingsmill Championship is being staged April 29 – May 5, 2013 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72‐hole, stroke play tournament. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

About Kingsmill on The James and Kingsmill Resort

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort that offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, six restaurants. three Championship Golf Courses with a golf club house, a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Quarterpath Trace KingsmillThe community spans 2900 acres of protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched forever. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for sale in Kingsmill,ranging from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

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Final Field Set for the 2012 Kingsmill Championship

kingsmill champsionship open 1st teeThe final field has been set for the Kingsmill Championship as the LPGA Tour makes its highly anticipated return to Williamsburg, VA for the first time since 2009. The stellar field is led by top-ranked American, Stacy Lewis, and two-time winner at Kingsmill, Cristie Kerr.

“We are thrilled to have this type of response from the players and the community surrounding the return of the Kingsmill Championship,” says Tournament Director Katherine Thigpen. “We expect a tremendous turnout from the fans and cannot wait to showcase the greatest women golfers in the world.”

Along with Lewis and Kerr, 2012 tournament winners Ai Miyazato (ranked 4th on the Money List), Azahara Munoz (ranked 7th), and Mika Miyazato (ranked 8th) highlight the spectacular 144-player field. Previously announced superstars who will be competing include Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Juli Inkster, and Lexi Thompson.

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged September 3-9 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72-hole, stroke play tournament. Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For more information, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

 

About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

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LPGA Junior Golf Extravaganza at the Kingsmill Championship 2012

LPGA Junior Golf Extravaganza at the Kingsmill Championship Boys & Girls 7-17 years old of all skill levels are welcome Saturday, September 8th, 2012 9:30am-5:30pm Full Day of Complimentary Junior Events – Healthy Breakfast, Scavenger Hunt, Junior Clinic, Ice Cream Social & Dennis Walters Clinic (in between watch the best women golfers in the world compete!) Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg, Virginia Thank you for registering for the LPGA’s Junior Clinic at the Kingsmill Championship! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012. Golf equipment will be provided. Please wear golf shoes or sneakers.

Activity Schedule

LPGA Junior Golf Day Event Schedule Healthy Start Breakfast Presented by Optima Health 9:30 am – 10:30 am, TBA Where’s Morgan? Scavenger Hunt 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Expo Booth LPGA Junior Golf Clinic Presented by James City County 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Kingsmill Driving Range Ice Cream Social 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Kingsmill Driving Range featuring Dennis Walters

The 2012 LPGA Junior Golf Clinic is being hosted by LPGA-USGA Girls Golf & James City County, the LPGA’s flagship junior golf program aimed at providing girls ages 7 – 17 with an opportunity to learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the game. Girls are learning values inherent to the game of golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence. Questions? Contact Ashleigh Anderson at ashleigh.anderson@lpga.com.

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Stacy Lewis, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, and Juli Inkster join the field for the Kingsmill Championship

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged September 3-9 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72-hole, stroke play tournament. Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Stacy Lewis, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, and Juli Inkster have joined the field for the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort, September 3-9, 2012

Arguably playing the best golf of anybody on the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis has soared up the Rolex World Rankings all the way to number two. Coming off a spectacular year in 2011 racking up 12 top-ten finishes, two second place finishes, and one major title win,Lewis is showing no signs of slowing down in 2012. Lewis has won two tournaments already this year, is currently the number one player on the 2012 LPGA Money List, and is the top-ranked American player.

Fan-favorite on the LPGA Tour, Natalie Gulbis, is currently playing in her 11th season on the tour. Gulbis earned a spot on the LPGA Tour in her first attempt in 2001 after finishing third in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. The 2007 Evian Masters Champion has played on three victorious U.S. Solheim Cup teams (2005, 2007, and 2009).

Morgan Pressel turned professional at age 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship (2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship). The 23-year- old from Tampa, Florida is a three time U.S. Solheim Cup team member and is undefeated (3-0-0) in singles play in her appearances. Pressel has reached as high as fourth in the world rankings in her career and currently sits at number 30.

Michelle Wie made an early impact in the professional golf world, setting and still holding the record as the youngest player to make the cut in an LPGA event (13 years, 5 months, 17 days). By 2006, Wie had climbed to the third ranked female golfer in the world. Wie joined the LPGA Tour in 2009 and has won two titles (2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, and the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open).

In her first full LPGA season in 1984, Juli Inkster took home Rookie of the Year honors after winning two major championships. Throughout her career, Inkster has won 31 tournaments on the LPGA Tour including seven major championships. Inkster is fifth on the LPGA career money list and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

“We are ecstatic to announce the commitment of these five extraordinary athletes,” says Kingsmill Championship Tournament Director, Katherine Thigpen. “We are thrilled to be able to attract a field of this caliber as the LPGA Tour makes its return to Williamsburg for the first time since 2009. You can really sense the excitement around the community as we are now just two weeks away from teeing it up.”

The Kingsmill Championship will be staged September 3-9 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72-hole, stroke play tournament. Tickets start as low as $25 and can be purchased online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For more information, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There is a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed, however, with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

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