Play Three Championship Rounds Get Your Third Round Free at Fords Colony

17th hole on Marsh HawkCome play all three of the distinct Championship golf courses at Fords Colony in Williamsburg

Each course brings its own unique challenges and highlights.

Fords Colony offers some of the best resort golf in Virginia and with beautiful scenic views of lakes, rolling hills and a variety of natural wildlife habitats.

Play two rounds any day before 3 p.m. and get your third round FREE.
Rates are:

       $55 Before 12 p.m.
       $45 Between 12-3 p.m.
       $0 For Your Third Round

 

 

*Rate includes greens fees and cart fees. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
This email must be presented at each check-in. Tax is included.
Offer is valid every day through 8/31/12.

 

To set up your tee time or contact our Golf Shop, please call 258-4130

Kiskiak and The Crossings Golf Courses no longer managed by Traditional Golf

Just received this email from Traditional Golf:

Dear Traditional Rewards Club Members,

Thank you for your continued loyalty to our golf courses. We hope you are enjoying this great summer season and playing as much golf as possible.

We would like to make you aware of a recent development pertaining to the operations of our clubs. As of August 1, 2012 Traditional Golf no longer manages Kiskiack (Williamsburg) or The Crossings (Glen Allen). Subsequently, they will no longer be participating in the Rewards Club program.

Traditional Golf will maintain the program at Stonehouse, Royal New Kent and Brickshire where you will continue to earn points for every dollar spent. All of your accrued points are still valid and may be redeemed at these three clubs as usual (250 pts for a free weekday round; 500 points for a free weekend round).

We know a lot of you enjoyed Kiskiack and The Crossings and we would like to extend a token of our appreciation for your loyalty. Redeem the following coupon for 50 bonus rewards club points the next time you play at Stonehouse, Royal New Kent or Brickshire.

Kiln Creek Golf Course-Newport News

golf @ kiln creek in newport newsWhether you’re a beginner or a seasoned golf veteran, players of all skill levels will enjoy the course at Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort. Voted one of the “five best courses in the state of Virginia” by Golf Digest, Kiln Creek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course offers members & guests an unparalleled golf experience. The 6,972 yard, par 72 layout was designed by the highly respected architect Tom Clark. Kiln Creek also includes a spacious & targeted driving range along with putting & chipping greens. The club offers a full service Pro Shop, professional instruction & Outing Packages that are second to none. Kiln Creek has the tools to make you the player you hope to be! Kiln Creek provides the country club experience at affordable rates. Spend a day with us & you’ll understand why we are “The Hidden Jewel of Newport News.”

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Golf options around Williamsburg VA

In the Williamsburg VA area the courses listed below are no more than a 20 minute drive. The best values are listed first with the most expensive last:

1. Kiln Creek is in Newport News, off I-64 at the VA 171 exit, just south of the Newport News Airport. It’s a resort with accommodations, a little tired and dated from the looks of it, but you don’t have to stay there to play the golf course. It was was designed by Tom Clark in the late 1980′s, routed through an established residential neighborhood with houses lining the holes, a good amount of water in play, and well bunkered.

2. The Colonial Golf Club CLOSED is located just north of Williamsburg, and was designed by Lester George and Robert Wrenn. Bentgrass greens, Bermuda everywhere else. Reasonably priced parkland style course. Mostly forgiving off the tee, wetlands cause a few forced carries and border some of the layout, doglegs throughout, nice large greens with light undulations and good speed, A couple of lakes along the fairways, and not much in the way of bunkers, just a fun course, in a quiet natural setting.

3. Newport News Golf Club is off I-64 at exit 250, Fort Eustis Blvd., then east to the golf course about a mile. There’s two 18 hole parkland style of layouts at Deer Run, both designed by Ed Ault in the 1960′s. The Deer Run is the stronger of the two courses, playing to over 7,200 yards from the tips with a 133 slope. The Cardinal is more forgiving at a 118 slope from the 6,600 yard tips. Both layouts are parkland style, routed through the trees with natural corridors, and no homes or development in play.

4. Club at Viniterra opened at the height of the recession, and was intended to be a high end private club and gated community. It hasn’t taken off and remains open for public play. It was designed by Rees Jones, and located 20 miles east of downtown Richmond in New Kent off I-64 at exit 211 . Upscale layout, although it’s not in pristine condition always, but generally the rates are very reasonable for the quality of the course. It was carved through the forest with good sized fairways and run-ups to most of the massive greens. Great variety of holes with some decent elevation change, wetlands and water, and plenty of sand.

5. Traditions at Kiskiack is off I-64 at exit 231 B, Croaker RD. Beautiful parkland style course with good elevation change, designed by John LaFoy, and is 6,775 yards, 72.5 course rating, and 134 slope from the championship tees, with three other sets of tees. A good challenging course for all levels of play, and reasonable greens fees. There’s water in play on a couple of holes, the front nine warms you up for a tougher backside, but overall very fair, and well conditioned course. Amazing course and setting when you consider it was once a trash dump and sand pit. No houses, just golf in a beautiful setting, and nice set of par threes, all unique.

6. Traditions at Stonehouse is just outside of Williamsburg, off I-64 at exit 227. Great golf course by Mike Strantz. Challenging, but fair off the tee, hilly with big greens, requires good tee shot placement for a shot at scoring. It plays to 6,962 yards, 140 slope, and 75.0 course rating from the tips. and opened in 1995. Steep and sloping fairways, tree lined, forced carries over ravines, well bunkered, it’s just a good solid challenge and interesting holes, nothing boring here. Well conditioned, some houses in play, but not real distracting.

7. Traditions at Royal New Kent is on the Richmond side of Williamsburg, about a 15 minute drive. It was designed by Mike Strantz after the links courses of Ireland, and it’s a great rendition, and much less costly than making the trip across the pond! There’s a lot of the same design elements as you’d find on a traditional links course, open and windy, rolling and rugged terrain, and fairways tumbling and bordered by fall fescue grass. There’s target rocks to provide direction to blind fairways, with deep pot bunkers that usually require a blast back out to the fairway. There’s blind shots to the greens hidden behind grassy knolls, stacked rock walls but the fairways are wide and forgiving, although there’s 120 bunkers scattered in the fairways at some odd intervals and right around the greens. The greens are huge and fast, but do promote the run up shot which is so useful in the British Isle’s links courses. Play the course from the right set of tees and you’ll enjoy the game much more.

8. Colonial Heritage Golf Club a quality layout at a reasonable rate, at least for the Williamsburg area. It’s on the north side of town, just west of Richmond Highway, off I-64 at Humelsine Parkway. The layout was designed by Arthur Hills, and is routed through an upscale residential community. It’s a parkland style of layout with tree lined fairways, a few holes with water, and a good amount of sand, playing to somewhat large and undulating and sloped greens, which are typically very quick. Tough layout from the tips, a 147 slope from 6,900 yards, the Silver tees at 6,000+ yards are still a good challenge at a 75.9 course rating and 136 slope.

9. The Club at Brickshire is located midway between Williamsburg and Richmond off I-64 at exit 214. It’s an Ault Clark/Curtis Strange design through a residential development that plays to 7,291 yards from the back tees. Good elevation change, parkland style course, usually in good shape, with a lot of variety in the holes. Mostly wide open off the tee, the main feature here are some replica holes from St. Andrews, Augusta National, Pinehurst #2, and Riviera CC.

10. Williamsburg National Golf Club is on the west side of Williamsburg, off Monticello, routed through a residential community, and two 18 hole championship courses, reasonably priced compared to some of the other high end courses in the area. They’ve challenging through the trees, well maintained, and good guest service. There’s were some unique holes, and some back and forth, overall a good experience.The Jamestown is a Nicklaus design of 7,000 yards, .Black 73.1/128. The York Town course also plays to 7,000 yards from the tips, and was designed by Tom Clark. There’s a 20% break in rates if you’re staying at particular hotels in the area, so if you plan to play here a couple of times, check with the golf shop to see which hotels are participating. If I were only playing one course here, it would be the Nicklaus course.

11. Golden Horseshoe Golf Club with two fantastic 18-hole courses as well as its nine-hole, they call it “executive course.” The Gold Course is the old classic stable here, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. It’s layout is over rolling hills, with tree lined fairways with water, and forced carries across ravines in play, tight course with a lot of elevation change, playing to large sculptured and contoured greens that are fast. The Green Course was designed by Rees Jones, and it is a more traditional resort course with open fairways and mounding, and is a lot easier on your game, on basically the same land as the Gold course.

12. Ford’s Colony is just off the 234 exit of I-64, then west on 199 to Rt 60/Centerville Road, a couple of miles. Three 18 hole championship golf courses here routed through a huge residential community of upscale homes, a Marriott and a timeshare development. There’s a 20% discount is you’re staying at the Marriott, but otherwise the rates aren’t too high for the area. The courses, Marsh Hawk, Black Heath, and Blue Heron are all somewhat similar in the layout, tree lined fairways, marsh, lake, and creek bordered, well bunkered and at different levels of challenge. The Blue Heron course is the shortest at 6,156 yards from the Gold tees, 70.2 course rating, and 127 slope, designed by Dan Maples and is the newest course here. Somewhat open off the tee, but routed through mostly wetlands and is the more strategic of the courses here. Marsh Hawk is a Maple design as well, and is 500 yards longer with a 132 slope, with tighter fairways off the tee, some elevation change, and well guarded greens. Blackheath has water on most of the holes a lot of doglegs, forced carries, tree lined fairways, and bunkers throughout, probably the last of the courses you should play if you’re staying here a few days.

13. Kingsmill, saving the best for last, Kingsmill is a golf resort and upscale residential community, south of Williamsburg on the James River. The River Course is twice as expensive as the Plantation and the Woods course, but it is the PGA Tour course venue, and designed by Pete Dye, a tough, challenging layout in a pristine setting, and always in great shape. The Plantation course is an Arnold Palmer design with some of the same elements as the River course, just not on the River, but water comes into play on at least half the holes. The Woods course was designed by Curtis Strange and Tom Clark and is a classic parkland style with tight tree lined fairways, and is the newest, and maybe the toughest of the three.

Golf @ Two Rivers / Governors Land-Williamsburg VA

governorslandaerialgolf_editedVirginia golf doesn’t get any better than this

Two of the best names in golf designed Two Rivers: Tom Fazio and Mother Nature.

“What first impressed me with this Virginia golf project was the Williamsburg location and its connotation of quality. The number one priority was creating the highest quality and caliber of golf. There was no compromise. ”

– Tom Fazio

A Golf Digest Top 10 Virginia ranking and tournament play attest to the caliber of Two Rivers.

Among the Most Beautiful Golf Courses in Virginia

Mother Nature is kind to the Virginia Peninsula. We lie just south of the usual winter storm track and just north of the southern hurricane zone.

Our four distinct seasons are mild and pleasant for outdoor activity year round. Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay, Chickahominy River and James River, we normally stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In fact, the “cold months” of December and January have highs of around 50 degrees.

Benefits of a private golf course

Between rounds, members take advantage of expansive practice facilities that include a driving range, chipping area and two putting greens. Our Halfway house is conveniently located after holes #6 and #11. The fully stocked golf pro shop provides the latest in golf technology and fashion.

discover gov landOne of Golf Digest’s Top 10 golf courses in Virginia

“The variety of holes and the flow of the land give this course its uniqueness. The style and individual character of each hole offer so many distinct features that it will be immediately recognized as a top course. ” – Tom Fazio

Because of the quality of TRCC, it has been selected as a host site for the following Virginia golf events:

  • Sectional qualifying for USGA national championship
  • Top Senior Amateur invitational events
  • College tournaments and practice venue for the William & Mary men’s and women’s golf teams

Call  to find out more about making Two Rivers Country Club your home course.

Rob Collins Membership Director Two Rivers Country Club (757) 258-4610 ext 226 Rob@TwoRiversClub. com

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Golf at The Club at Viniterra-New Kent

The Club at Viniterra is the newest championship golf course designed by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones. Our course features working vineyards alongside fairways throughout, a signature hallmark of the new Viniterra community.

Built with innovative water-conservational systems, The Club at Viniterra is the newest 18-hole championship golf course designed by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones. The course is maintained using environmentally conservational practices. The Club at Viniterra saves as much as 80% of the water consumed by traditional courses, and exclusively uses the grass hybrid “Celebration,” which is far more draught-resistant and requires 70% less water to maintain than traditional course sods. Please call to schedule tee times at (804) 932-3888

Membership at The Club at Viniterra offers a tremendous opportunity to belong to one of the most desirable and prestigious clubs in Virginia. Memberships are available to Viniterra residents and non-residents.

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Advantages of Membership at The Club at Viniterra
  • 18-hole Rees Jones-designed golf course
  • Unlimited play for low monthly dues
  • Practice facility including full driving range, and large practice putting
    and chipping green
  • 20% discount on all apparel in the fully stocked golf pro shop
  • No monthly minimum spending limits
  • No monthly/annual assessments
  • Ability to book tee times two weeks in advance
  • Special reserved tee time privileges year-round
  • Reduced cart rental fee for Members only
  • Guests of Members enjoy reduced guest fees and advance tee time privileges
  • Private lessons from our professional golf staff
  • Group adult golf clinics and junior golf clinics from our professional golf staff
    (junior clinics for children ages 5 to 16)
  • Members-only golf tournaments throughout the year
  • Monthly and holiday Members-only social events

The Club at Viniterra:

The Club at Viniterra is a semi-private course and open daily. Please call to schedule tee times at (804) 932-3888.

Address

8400 Old Church Road ,New Kent, VA 23124

Directions:

From Richmond, Virginia and Locations West

  1. Take I-64 (East) to Richmond
  2. Take exit 211 for VA-106 toward Talleysville/Prince George
  3. Turn left at off ramp
  4. Continue on Old Church Rd
  5. Left at Viniterra

From Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Locations East

  1. Take I-64 (West) to Richmond
  2. Take exit 211 for VA-106 toward Talleysville/Prince George
  3. Turn right at off ramp
  4. Continue on Old Church Rd
  5. Left at Viniterra

Golf at Brickshire in New Kent

Brickshire Golf Club
18th hole at brickshireEverybody loves Brickshire. You will too. The popularity of this four-year-old Curtis Strange signature course is easily explained in two words: “player friendly.” Discover wide, inviting fairways, artfully sculpted, true-rolling greens, and dramatic elevation changes. Golf Digest readers recently honored The Golf Club at Brickshire with a four and a half star rating. Golf Styles named Brickshire one of the mid-Atlantic’s “Must Play” courses.

U. S. Open Champion Curtis Strange has created a unique golfing experience by replicating some of his favorite holes from around the world: St. Andrews, Augusta National, Pinehurst #2, and Riviera CC. You’ll never forget our 15th hole, a wickedly picturesque par 3 that is infamous in the area. Finish in style on our panoramic 18th hole, a dramatic par 5 that was named one of the best finishing holes in the mid-Atlantic.
The Golf Club at Brickshire is conveniently located between Richmond and Williamsburg just off I-64 at Exit 214

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Golf at Kiskiack Golf Club

kiskiack_golfFor those seeking the country feeling the game once offered (minus the organic land mines, of course)-I’ve got a suggestion. Go to Kiskiack Golf Club. Kiskiack is located approximately fifteen minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and thirty-five minutes from Richmond, Virginia, but it’s centuries away from your typical house golf course.

You get the ‘country’ feeling right away, even exiting the interstate. You head north towards a hamlet called ‘Croaker,’ and all that surrounds you is farm fields. You just sense this place is different.

Kiskiack Golf Club boasts a John LaFoy design that plays to 6,775 yards from the championship tees and a par of 71. In addition to the beautiful parkland setting, it’s an incredibly playable golf course. There’s very little not to like about Kiskiack-it’s the way golf was in the old days when a ‘country club’ truly was in the country.

There are only three par fours over 400 yards, and none greater than 428 yards; three of the par fives are reachable in two; and many of the holes have no out of bounds to threaten your wayward shots. And, the course is very walk able.

But for those reading who’ve never played Kiskiack, don’t get the wrong impression-the course isn’t a cakewalk. It’s not just a flat muni in the middle of a farm quarter. There’s more than enough golf challenge and hole variety to keep you occupied, never fear.

All of the par threes are pretty long–the shortest from the back tees being number seventeen at 181 yards, but even that’s slightly uphill and often plays into the wind.

The others play at 200 yards or more-so you’ll be hitting long irons or fairway woods into all of the greens.

The course’s player friendly nature is demonstrated by the first hole. At a straightforward 528 yards with a wide fairway, you’ll have a good chance to make your first shot of the round a successful one. Avoid the fairway bunkers that frame the long-range landing area, and you’ve got a decent shot at going at the green in two.

There’s a trio of bunkers laying approximately 80 yards before the green, but clearing those allows for a reasonable run-up opportunity. A fairly easy par builds confidence for the round.

The balance of the outward nine winds in and out of parkland and open-space, where you’ll see the true character of the course unfold. There are some mild elevation changes, some generous tee box opportunities, some elevated greens and some incredible scenery. Water comes into play on the eighth and ninth holes-the left side for both the par five eighth and par four ninth.

The backside’s opening holes bring the largest body of water on the course into play. The tenth is a medium length slight dogleg right with wetlands on the right and the lake in back of the green. The eleventh is the club’s signature hole-a 200 yard par three calling for a full water carry to a three tiered green guarded by a sizeable set of bunkers in front and to the deep side right. Some holes look scary but aren’t; some holes look tame, but are deceptive; the eleventh looks scary, and is-no deception.

The round concludes with another great hole. The eleventh gets top billing for the signature hole, but the eighteenth has to be right behind it-mainly because of the view from the tee. The tee box is elevated, and your sight line includes a large pond in front, with landing areas to the right and across the pond.

A great way to end the round. A confidence builder for the first hole, and a round maker for the last. But that pretty much sums up the entire experience at Kiskiack. Make a trip out there when you need a break from modern day evolution.

 

Kiskiack Golf Club
8104 Club Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 566-2200
1-800-989-4728

Golf at Stonehouse

Stonehouse Golf Club
Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named “Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation” and one of the “Top New Ten You Can Play” by golf Magazine. The tradition of accolades and awards continues. In 2001, Gold Digest ranked Stonehouse among the top 6 courses in Virginia. Stonehouse is also on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” and Golf & Travel’s list of “100 Best Modern Courses”

Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named “Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation” and one of the “Top New Ten You Can Play” by golf Magazine. The tradition of accolades and awards continues. In 2001, Gold Digest ranked Stonehouse among the top 6 courses in Virginia. Stonehouse is also on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” and Golf & Travel’s list of “100 Best Modern Courses”. In 2002, Stonehouse was awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. And, as you would expect from one of the best courses in the country, Stonehouse has first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining area, practice facilities, and a pro shop.

The Course
Stonehouse winds over 6,962 yards of steep forested hills, wide plateaus, and abrupt ravines. Against this tumultuous backdrop, the danger of deep bunkers and long carries is balanced by the relative safety of broad fairways and enormous putting greens

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Golf at Fords Colony

Located just minutes away from Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia lies Ford’s Colony Country Club. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, our Club is where you’ll gather again and again for good times with your friends and neighbors, whether you are enjoying the club as a member or guest. Located just minutes away from Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia lies Ford’s Colony Country Club. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, our Club is where you’ll gather again and again for good times with your friends and neighbors, whether you are enjoying the club as a member or guest.
Ford’s Colony features 54 holes with three distinct championship golf courses, designed by Dan Maples each course brings its own challenges and highlights. Whether you play Blackheath, Blue Heron, or Marsh Hawk, the courses at Ford’s Colony are sure to keep you coming back. This semi-private golf club features some of the best resort golf in Virginia.
Members of Ford’s Colony Country Club also enjoy a top of the line golf academy with PGA certified teaching professionals, private member-only driving range, great dining and events in our three restaurants. It’s Williamsburg Country Club living at its best.

Three Championship Courses


Blackheath
This picturesque golf course will keep you on your toes. You will face water on 13 holes, a total of 9 doglegs and bunkers guarding every green.  There are many elevation changes and the prevailing winds just might provide their own challenge. This course plays a lot longer than the 6,621 yards stated on the scorecard.

Located just minutes away from Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia lies Ford’s Colony Country Club. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, our Club is where you’ll gather again and again for good times with your friends and neighbors, whether you are enjoying the club as a member or guest. Blue Heron
Blue Heron is a favorite of many of our guests and members with its long and challenging par 3’s, fair and forthright par 4’s and intimidating par 5’s.  Blue Heron provides some room for error off of the tee, however makes up for the easy with its well protected greens.  Set among Virginia’s dense wetlands, this unique setting is home to many different birds, fish and other aquatic life.

Blue Heron plays 6266 from the back tee with three other tee options to fit your game.

Marsh Hawk
The Marsh Hawk provides a very different challenge than our Blue Heron course. Tight tree-lined fairways mean you better bring your “A” game.  This par 72 course measures 6,650 yards from the back tees and features undulating greens and the best finishing holes around. Take a journey with us as you play around natural lakes and elevation changes.

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Membership

 Located just minutes away from Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia lies Ford’s Colony Country Club. In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, our Club is where you’ll gather again and again for good times with your friends and neighbors, whether you are enjoying the club as a member or guest. A variety of Membership options are available. Whether you’re an avid golfer that wants to play as much as possible, or a casual golfer that maybe only has time to play on the weekends, there is something for everyone.  Ford’s Colony Country Club is not just for golfers,enjoy great events, dining and social activities. Join Ford’s Colony where community and fun are always an affair.

We offer 3 great restaurants, a variety of meeting and banquet facilities, a fully stocked Pro Shop, active Men’s and Women’s Golf Associations, an array of special club tournaments and a very active schedule of monthly member Social & Dining events. Pair this with 54 holes of great golf, and are sure to find that Ford’s Colony offers something that no other club in the Williamsburg area can.

The Benefits of Membership:
• Enjoy 54 holes of golf with our featured 3 Championship Golf Courses
• Members Only Course Daily
• Men’s 18 Hole Golf Associations
• Men’s 18 Hole Golf Associations
• Women’s 18 Hole Golf Associations
• Women’s 9 Hole Golf Associations
• Club Sponsored Tournaments
• Member’s Only Grille
• Fabulous Year Round Social Events Calendar
• Members Only driving range and practice green
• Preferred membership rate available to join the state of the art Golf Academy
• 4 Tees Beginner Golf Program
Golf View in Ford's Colony• Includes entire immediate family

To view a membership packet with more details on each membership type offered please click here.

For more information on membership pricing, specials, and help deciding which membership fits into your lifestyle, please call Gary Huneycutt,  head of membership sales, at (757) 258-4345 or click here to contact them

Golf at Colonial Heritage Golf Club

ch golf flagColonial Heritage Golf Club
Colonial Heritage Golf Club offers the only Arthur Hills-designed layout in Williamsburg, . Golfers looking for a place where they can just ‘grip it and rip it’ will be out of luck on this course, which requires skill and strategy. It is a thought-provoking design where golfers will want to weigh all of the risk and reward options first. The layout plays through deep ravines that provide interesting changes in elevation. The golf course also features undulating fairways and large, fast greens that are bordered by strategically placed bunkers as well as water hazards that come into play on several holes. Colonial Heritage G.C. definitely provides a good challenge, even for a seasoned player, but beginners shouldn’t feel too intimidated. The golf course offers some room for error and the risk-reward opportunities appeal to low and high handicappers alike.

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.

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Golf at Williamsburg National

williamsburg_nationalOpening in 1995, Williamsburg National brought Jack Nicklaus’ course design philosophies to Virginia’s Colonial Capital, ever increasing its attraction as a popular tourist destination, but also helping build its reputation as a top-notch golf destination.

At that time, Williamsburg already boasted several excellent golf courses, such as the Gold and Green courses at the Golden Horseshoe, 36 holes at Ford’s Colony and three excellent layouts at Kingsmill Resort. In subsequent years, Williamsburg area golf course construction sprouted new layouts like mushrooms in springtime–adding Kiskiack Golf Club, Stonehouse, Royal New Kent, the Colonial, Brickshire and another 18 holes at Ford’s Colony. Combined, these fine courses make Williamsburg the focal point of central Virginia golf.

The Golf Communities of Greensprings West  and Greensprings Plantation offer a wide range of custom built, new and resale homes  built around the award winning Williamsburg National Golf Course. New homes currently start in the $300,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting in the $300,000’s.  Click here for more information on residential possibilities.

in July of 2007 the new Yorktown Course designed by Tom Clark opened at Williamsburg National . Both courses offer their own “great beauty” and “noble challenges” as today’s visitors enjoy golfing at the award-winning Williamsburg National Golf Club.Designed by renowned architect Tom Clark, the Yorktown is a 7,000 yard championship course. When asked to comment on the design, Tom Clark said, “it is a course of traditional design and with no gimmicks”. However two of the last three holes measure over 600 yards.

The Nicklaus name only adds to Williamsburg Nationals  shining reputation, but it shouldn’t overshadow the golf course. Williamsburg National’s land once contained a sawmill, perhaps an allusion to the modern day stands of hardwoods and pines which compliment the golf course’s lush green Bermuda fairways. And though it should be noted that this year’s drought has definitely had an effect on the aesthetics, the playing surfaces are still in good condition.

The course has always been known for good playing conditions.it’s reputation around town is for having the best putting surfaces, and that’s something they work very hard to foster.

Another thing the course is known for is playability. Nearly 7,000 yards in length from the tips, its course rating of 73.1 and slope of 128 won’t frighten many great players into submission. Gossett elaborates: “Ours is a very straightforward, user-friendly golf course. There’s nothing blind or crazy about it, and it caters to just about every kind of golfer. We’ve got six holes with no bunkers, and the bunkers that are out there aren’t very deep. The putting surfaces aren’t severe, and the rough’s cut down.”

imageThe tree lines are nicely setback from the fairways, and they’re cleared reasonably well to allow for recovery shots, in addition.

“You’re probably not going to get beat up out here, but you will find some challenging golf holes. We’ve got three real strong par fours (four, nine and eighteen) and a couple par threes that require good tee shots to leave you a chance at par. Our par fives are risk-reward in nature, and our fast greens will test you on every hole. Most people come back because of the playability, but there’re also enough tests of golf to keep you interested,” Gossett adds.

Forced carries are few on this layout, though there are some daunting views on the holes that demand a wetlands carry. Williamsburg National’s signature hole, #10, is such a test. Though it’s only 177 yards from the back tee, the wetlands guarding the first 160-odd yards makes it look a lot longer.

Two other par threes also have carries, though #8’s is only 138 yards over water. Sixteen is probably the club’s most challenging hole, a 202 yard par three over wetlands to a large, undulating green.

Another notable feature at Williamsburg National is the service. As is true at all of Williamsburg’s golf facilities, expect to be treated well. Gossett puts it this way: “We really try and stress service here at the club. We want every person who comes here to feel as though we’re their ‘private club for a day,’ regardless of whether you’re a tourist or a local member, or just somebody walking in off the street who didn’t know anything about us before. We want you to leave with the country club feeling and an enjoyable round of golf.”

Part of the “club” experience is the practice facility — it’s one of the area’s best. There’s a large grass tee, practice bunker, chipping green and large practice putting green. Everything you’ll need to fine-tune your golf game.

Perhaps best of all, the Williamsburg National experience is going to double in size. The club, in conjunction with the Greensprings residential development, was slated from the beginning to be a 36 hole facility, and Gossett says ground breaking for the second 18 holes will begin next spring. The second course will be another Nicklaus design, doubling the number of Virginia’s Nicklaus holes in one sitting (note: Bay Creek also has a Nicklaus course in its plans, and there’s a Nicklaus private course being built near Dulles Airport for the Golf Club of Virginia).

imageLooking at the highlights, the fourth hole is Williamsburg National’s #1 handicap hole, a 449 yard monster that doglegs slightly right from the tee. There’s plenty of room to drive it, but if you don’t get a big tee ball, you’re faced with a long-iron carry over wetlands to a green guarded by large bunkers to the front and right. There is some bail room to the left, but getting up and down will be tough from that side.

The aforementioned eighth hole is a nice par three. Though fairly short, it still requires a precise short iron shot to a shallow green. Anything short will likely roll down the steep embankment to the water, and if you take too much club you’ll face a downhill chip from the rough that could very well roll into the water.

The backside seems to play a bit tougher, as there are more wetlands to avoid and doglegs to navigate. Fifteen is an interesting short, dogleg left par four, 354 yards in length. A large tree dominates the left side of the fairway, so anyone trying to cut the leg will have to draw the ball around it or take their chances going right at it.

Eighteen’s a finishing hole that would challenge Nicklaus in his prime to make par. The hole stretches to 446 yards, and the second shot’s uphill to a left to right sloping green guarded by large bunkers left and right. Again, plenty of room off the tee, but the sloping fairway won’t guarantee a flat lie. Tough hole.

After finishing the golf, it’s a good idea to take further advantage of Williamsburg National’s excellent service at the Nicklaus Grill. There you’ll get a sense of the course architect’s considerable historical achievements in competitive golf — and you’ll also realize his legacy in course design is still very much alive, waiting just outside the door.

Details:


Williamsburg National Golf Club
3700 Centreville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone: (757) 258-9642
Toll Free: (800) 859-9182
FAX: (757) 258-9738

Website: www.wngc.com

Course Designers: Nicklaus Design Associates (Jim Lipe, Designer)
Head Golf Professional: Steve Beechcroft
Assistant Golf Professional: Chris Gossett

Tees
Yardage/Slope

Black
6953/128

Blue
6411/120

White
5900/118

Green
5105/118

Golf at Two Rivers Country Club

 

golf courseBecause the Williamsburg area boasts nearly 400 years of European settlement and hundreds if not thousands of years of Native American habitation prior to that, anywhere you step just might be in the fossilized footprint of someone who went before.

The minds behind Two Rivers Country Club (part of the Governor’s Land Residential development) certainly discovered that fact, when some of the property’s history threatened to delay, if not destroy, completion of their golf course.

Tom Fazio, Two Rivers’ course designer, elaborates: “In the course of building the 18th hole, we found some skeletons along the banks of the Chickahominy River (the name Two Rivers stems from the convergence of the James and Chickahominy rivers, just off the banks of the 16th, 17th & 18th holes). There was quite a lot of discussion as to how to deal with the b

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ones, and we worked with several different permitting agencies until a solution was worked out. As a result, we had the golf course literally built before we could get

any final approval.”

Of course the 18th followed suit a few months later.

And the completion of the course was well worth the wait. Two Rivers is a private country club with three holes along the banks of the aforementioned rivers, and the balance winds in and out of some serene woodlands, open space and peaceful residential neighborhoods. It’s got the consummate private club feel.

Fazio says the topography was just right to create the type of golf course he’d envisioned for the property: “The property had what I call an upper and lower plateau, almost a ridge type of contour meandering through the land. We worked the routing through and near the view corridors of the river, and also across the ridge — the contours gave us some very interesting elevation changes to work with.”

clubhouse2“The property developer, Dominion Resources/Dominion Land, was really committed and dedicated to producing a distinctive type of development — not just for golf, but for the entire residential community. When you mention the word Williamsburg, the name just connotes something special and unique. That was attractive to me from the start. And when I went and saw the property with the two rivers right there, I knew right away it was an opportunity to work with spectacular views and settings,” Fazio added.

One thing that’s great about the club when you’re out on the course, you really aren’t bothered by a lot of outside influences. Being located  in a private residential community, there is never going to be too many distractions when you’re playing. The golf course will always be in great shape, and it provides a real fair test of golf.

The layout itself is extremely fair, and very forgiving to horizontally challenged golfers. Fazio no doubt believes wider is better, and he makes it a priority: “When you have a commitment to golf at a particular site, width becomes a very important issue to me as a designer. Length seems to be what everybody talks about, but the number one factor to me in creating a golf course is width — because that obviously relates to the quality of the golf experience. And that starts right up front with the developer.”

governorslandaerialgolfAnother important issue is how the golf relates to its surroundings: “You also want the golf course to have good setbacks from the residents, so the golf is not interfering with the development, and the development is not interfering with the golf. That’s not easily accomplished, but you must have space to make that happen. In each particular case, a blending of the golf course with the environmental constraints and issues of the property involved,” Fazio said.

It’s clear the right ingredients were mixed together at Two Rivers. Fazio said there was also a unique opportunity to work open spaces into the overall community plan, which enhances the ‘feel’ of the club. It works together well. The houses are setback a generous distance from the course and protected by a thick buffer of trees in most areas. Standing on the tees, you won’t see many homes, which gives the course a real parkland feel.

The community’s distance from the course results in a very player friendly club with some subtle challenges: “Because the course is so wide, I’d say the green complexes are the toughest challenges on our layout. Our greens are quite large, but there’s quite a bit of undulation in them, including some tiered greens — and they’re complimented by shaved chipping swales, thick rough and deep bunkers. This is a layout where you can spray it a bit off the tee, but if you’re not precise with your approach shots and short game, you can get into trouble fast.”

“I especially like the way Fazio mixed in some long and short par fours. The first two holes are long and challenging — both over 440 yards from the back tees — but then a few holes later you’re looking at a couple at 351 and 315 yards. It’s the same way with the par threes — there’s a 254 yarder on the back nine, but you also have a 165 yard, downhill par three on the front nine. Each hole is different and challenging in its own way, without being overbearing,”

view from the tee of the 4th hole. Short, long and right are not an optionIt was surprising to begin with two tough holes to open the round. The first is a 440 yard par four that doglegs left, playing uphill on both shots. Here you’re first introduced to Fazio’s challenging green complexes. The green’s not exactly a plateau, but it slopes down from all sides into a bunker on the left or a chipping swale in front, or rough to the other sides.

Fazio said it wasn’t pre-determined that the greens would turn out that way: “The greens at Two Rivers are challenging, but that’s not to ‘make up’ for the fact that it’s rather generous off the tee. The greens for that course, like all my courses, were custom tailored for the site. I just felt that those large greens would fit well there, with the scale of the property and the large amount of land we had to work with. I wouldn’t say there was any theme or trend we were looking to create.”

Two Rivers certainly eases up after the first few holes, but not on the course’s first par three, number four. It measures 208 yards from the tips and requires a full water carry to a large, undulating green guarded by a bunker in front and right. Club selection is pivotal because long’s not really an option — if you’re over the green, it’ll roll in the water.

The eighth hole is one of those terrific short par fours Warring alluded to above. He describes it: “Truthfully, a long-hitter could probably knock it onto that green. But at the same time, the green is very demanding. Even if your second shot’s a 40 or 50 yard pitch shot, you’re still faced with a ridge in the middle of the green that can run away from you. It’s a great hole because you have a chance to go for the green, but it also provides some danger.”

The back nine is highlighted by the finishing three holes, but the twelfth is also an excellent par four. The longest two-shotter on the back, it plays 430 yards and dead straight, with tree lines on both sides and bunkers guarding the fairway. Here too, the green is well guarded with a bunker on the short right and grass depressions all around.

imageThe closing three holes are nothing short of spectacular, with a river view rivaling Kingsmill’s and some good golf holes to boot.

The 16th is a reachable par five at 504 yards in length, but you could face a stiff breeze if the wind is blowing as normal off the rivers.

Seventeen is another great par three at 209 yards with the river on the left. Eighteen measures only 377 yards, and with precise iron play could leave a good birdie opportunity at end the day.

For club members, that need not be the conclusion to a visit to Two Rivers. The club has a 90 slip marina, tennis courts, full service locker rooms, a dining room and a grill room. The community has several pools and miles of walking and biking trails. Definitely the slower pace you’d expect from living in Williamsburg.

Finishing up — today, there are no signs at the 18th hole commemorating the difficulty Fazio and the rest of the folks endured to complete this excellent golf course.   And the skeletons were safely and peacefully relocated nearby. A fitting resolution to a problem, as well as a great golf experience, no bones about it.

Details:

Two Rivers Country Club
1400 Two Rivers Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Pro Shop telephone: (757) 258-4613
Clubhouse telephone: (757) 258-4610
FAX: (757) 258-3840

Website: www.tworiverscountryclub.com

Course Designer: Tom Fazio
Head Golf Professional: Chris Warring

Tees
Yardage/Slope

Black
6911/134

Blue
6440/128

White
5887/126/132 (women)

Red
5023/119

Memberships are available — and you do not have to own property at Governor’s Land to be a member of Two Rivers Club. Contact Rob Collins, Membership Director at (757) 565-5421 for information.

Information on the Governor’s Land residential development is found here

Royal New Kent

Close to Williamsburg, Virginia, Royal New Kent is set upon the low hills between Diascund Creek and the Chickahominy River. In 1997, Royal New Kent opened to outstanding reviews, including Golf Digest's highest honor, "Best New Upscale Public Course." Royal New Kent is mentioned in comparisons of Ballybunion in Ireland and Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, two of the finest golf courses in the world. The true spirit of golf has been recreated, and the Legends Group hopes you'll enjoy this tribute to course architecture of the old world. Equal to the standards set by the course, Royal New Kent has first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining and meeting rooms, practice facilities, and a pro shop.Close to Williamsburg, Virginia, Royal New Kent is set upon the low hills between Diascund Creek and the Chickahominy River. In 1997, Royal New Kent opened to outstanding reviews, including Golf Digest’s highest honor, “Best New Upscale Public Course.” Royal New Kent is mentioned in comparisons of Ballybunion in Ireland and Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, two of the finest golf courses in the world. The true spirit of golf has been recreated, and the Legends Group hopes you’ll enjoy this tribute to course architecture of the old world. Equal to the standards set by the course, Royal New Kent has first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining and meeting rooms, practice facilities, and a pro shop.

Course Accolades

* No. 84 – America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses (Golf Digest)

* Best New Upscale Course in the Nation (Golf digest, 1997)

* 4 1/2 Stars – Places to Play (Golf Digest)

* No. 3 – Best in State: Virginia (Golf Digest)

* No. 15 – 40 Best Public Courses (Golf & Travel)

* No. 28 – 100 Best Modern Golf Courses (Golf & Travel)

* No 23. – Top 100 You Can Play (Golf Magazine)

* Modern Classics (Links Magazine)

Golfing in Williamsburg

Top Golf Courses. A Dozen Options.

Fast becoming one of the nation’s top golf destinations, Williamsburg, Virginia, boasts more than a dozen courses designed by some of the most notable architects, including Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, John LeFoy and Nicklaus Design Associates. Noted for their scenic woodlands, rolling hills, and challenging holes, these courses are recognized as some of the most playable in the country. We invite you to test your skill on courses that have challenged the champions of the PGA TOUR, LPGA, and USGA.
Choose from Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Kingsmill Resort, three course at Ford’s Colony, two at Williamsburg National  , Kiskiack Golf Club, Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse, or Brickshire and Royal New Kent in nearby New Kent  VA . Wherever you play, you’ll find that birds fill the galleries, and it’s often quiet enough to hear your putt drop. In fact, several of the courses are Audubon-certified sanctuaries.

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club-Williamsburg

golden horseshoe golf williamsburgGolden Horseshoe Golf Club | Williamsburg VA Golf Course

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’s20062007 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.”

401 SOUTHENGLAND ST. •WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185
T: 757-220-7696 • WWW.COLONIALWILLIAMSBURG.ORG

Golfing in Williamsburg

Some of the greatest names in golf course design have left their mark here in Williamsburg. Robert Trent Jones Sr., Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Mike Strantz, and Nicklaus Design Associates have earned our courses various “Top 10” awards over the years.

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Country Club @ Fords Colony (7)FORD’S COLONY COUNTRY CLUB 54 holes of Championship golf, a grand clubhouse, and excellent staff await your play at Ford’s Colony. Winding through the pastoral heart of the Ford’s Colony community, this club offers the highest ranked courses in Virginia. A favorite of golfers from throughout the East Coast, Ford’s Colony has been awarded four-and-a-half stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play.

Legendary course designer Dan Maples created all three courses with a solid appreciation of all levels of play. Blackheath, Marsh Hawk, and Blue Heron, each offers its own challenge, reward, and golfing enjoyment. Be sure to visit the well-appointed pro shop, and after your round, relax in Harry’s Tavern—a perfect end to a day of golfing.

ONE FORD’S COLONY DRIVE •WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188

757-258-4130 • WWW.FORDSCOLONY.COM