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June 26, 2009

July tournaments at Golden Horseshoe foster camaraderie and provide challenge

One of the premier amateur golf events in Virginia, the Golden Horseshoe Invitational is a two-person, four-ball stroke play tournament with a separate senior division. The field is limited to 50 teams. The invitational has a 9 a.m. shotgun start and takes place July 11 and 12 on the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, located at 401 S. England St. Cost is $460 per team. For information, call (757) 220-7696.

“The Golden Horseshoe Invitational always has a strong field of players,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “We are pleased that it’s one of the tournaments the Virginia State Golf Association uses to determine the VSGA annual player rankings.”

July 18 and 19, Colonial Williamsburg honors the architects of the award-winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses with the Jones Cup Father and Son Tournament. Named in honor of the legendary golf course architects who designed the two Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection’s courses – Robert Trent Jones Sr. and son Rees Jones – the Jones Cup is the Golden Horseshoe’s oldest annual competition.

The 36-hole twosome Jones Cup tournament has evolved into a family team-building exercise, largely because of the modified alternate shot format used for the final round. To be eligible, teams must be made up of father and son, stepfather and stepson, father-in-law and son-in-law or grandfather and grandson. Each player must have a USGA handicap index, or verification in writing from his home club. Entry fee is $480 per team, which includes a welcome packet, golf and cart for both rounds; one practice round (available July 13 – 17, cart not included); use of practice facility prior to each round; and a Saturday cookout following the first round.

A 9 a.m. shotgun start will begin play both days. Saturday’s first round format is twosome better ball on the Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, with Sunday’s alternate shot round on the Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Preferred room rates of $109 for a double room at the Williamsburg Woodlands and $209 for a deluxe room at the Williamsburg Lodge are available for tournament participants. Call 1-800-HISTORY to reserve hotel rooms. For more information or to register for the tournaments, call 757-220-7696.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280