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June 28, 2011

Golden Horseshoe Invitational and Jones Cup Honor Golf’s Traditions and Competition

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. Limited to a field of 50 teams, the invitational has a 9 a.m. shotgun start and takes place July 9 and 10 on the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course. Cost is $460 per team and includes practice rounds, golf carts for tournament rounds, tee gifts, prizes, a putting contest and lunch both days.

Entry deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, July 1. The Golden Horseshoe Invitational is one of the tournaments the Virginia State Golf Association uses to determine the VSGA annual player rankings.

On July 16 and 17, Colonial Williamsburg honors the architects of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses with the Jones Cup Father and Son Tournament. Named in honor of the legendary golf course architects who designed the Colonial Williamsburg courses – Robert Trent Jones Sr. and son Rees Jones – the Jones Cup is the Golden Horseshoe’s oldest annual competition. Entry deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, July 11.

The 36-hole twosome Jones Cup tournament uses a modified alternate shot format 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 11–15, 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 and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with Sunday’s alternate shot round on the Gold Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

The Golden Horseshoe Gold Clubhouse is located at 401 S. England St. in Williamsburg. The Green Course is located at 520 S. England St. about one mile from the Gold. For information, call (757) 220-7696. Special room rates are available at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites for both tournaments. Rates start at $119 per room, per night, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 1-800-447-8679.

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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Barbara Brown
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