November 8, 2011
Golden Horseshoe Green Course Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Golf Day Nov. 20
Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special afternoon of golf Sunday, Nov. 20.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums accompany the noon shotgun start. The day includes closest-to-the-pin prizes and an “Under Par Challenge” with golfers who score under par (using their golf handicap) entered in a drawing to win a day of golf for four. The $79 fee includes a Callaway pouch with six golf balls and a post-round barbecue cookout. Space is limited to 144 players. For reservations, call 757-220-7696.
Opened in October 1991, the 7,120-yard, par-72 sister course to the venerable Gold has an identity of its own and tends to be the favorite among middle- and high-handicappers, compared with the somewhat more challenging Gold Course next door.
The Green Course is located on land that was part of the 18th-century Bassett Hall plantation. John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased the property in 1933 and remodeled the original house to serve as his family residence in Williamsburg during the restoration of the colonial capital. Mr. Rockefeller’s weathered boathouse still graces the lake on the 18th hole. Civil War redoubts of the Fort Magruder defenses used during the May 1862 Battle of Williamsburg are adjacent to the course.
Like its sister layout, the Green Course is fashioned from the mature forests and ravines of eastern Virginia, its fairways stretching off into the distance without a rooftop in sight. Slightly longer than the Gold Course, which dates to 1963 and has a slope rating of 144, the Green Course is sloped at 142. Its characteristic features include many common to links courses, especially pot bunkers, tightly mown fairways and rough, and “bump-and-run alleys” that make putting surfaces accessible to shots with a variety of trajectories. The design is further softened by “shoulder mounds” lining many fairways and helping to bring errant shots back into play. Golf Magazine lists the Green among the top 10 courses to play in Virginia. The Golden Horseshoe is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Rees Jones has been named “Architect of the Year” by Golf World and has designed or redesigned more than 100 courses. He has been dubbed “The Open Doctor” for his highly respected redesign of courses in preparation for major championships, including seven U.S. Open venues, five PGA courses, three Ryder Cup sites and two Walker Cup courses. His designs appear on Golf Digest’s ranking of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” and from the inception of the list, the magazine has included him on its roster of the top five architects; his design work is also recognized on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses in the World.”
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 colonialwilliamsburg.com.