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May 11, 2011

Golden Horseshoe Gold Course Recognized by Golf Digest Magazine

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses for 2011-2012. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course opened in 1963. Jones called it “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.”

Golf Digest has conducted America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses rankings since 1966, making it the oldest and most respected ranking in the game. More than 1,000 Golf Digest panelists nationwide played and rated the courses on seven criteria, each on a scale of 1 to 10: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambiance. For the first time ever, the firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers oversaw the tabulation of the rankings for America’s 100 Greatest Courses, America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and Best in State. The Golden Horseshoe also made the Best in State list.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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