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June 3, 2013

Golden Horseshoe Community Open House to be held June 11

In celebration of the golden anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, the clubhouse and golf course will be open for complimentary tours Tuesday, June 11. Golden lemonade and golden horseshoe cookies will be served all day, and purchases in the Pro Shop (excluding golf clubs) will be discounted 25 percent.

June 11 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Tours of the course’s famous par-threes;
  • Nine-hole putting contest sponsored by PING; first-place winner receives a custom-fit PING putter; second place winner receives a dozen Titleist PRO V1 golf balls;
  • Guests who attend the open house receive a special offer to return to play the Gold Course for $50 between June 17 and Sept. 5 (some restrictions apply).

    The clubhouse has been recently redecorated with a nod to its early beginnings with large framed photographs of the early years and a horseshoe clock that hung on the wall of the Horseshoe Club located in the basement of the Williamsburg Inn during the years before drinks by-the-glass were served in Virginia.

    Guests will have an opportunity to renew or purchase their Good Neighbor passes and sign up to win lunch for two at the Gold Course Grill, which will remain open until 7 p.m. on the day of the open house. Menu favorites include the Ryder Cup Reuben sandwich, dogleg frank, wedge salad, horseshoe crab cake, double eagle soup and half sandwich, PGA pie of the day, Slammin’ Sammy sundae, soft drinks and a full bar. The Grill terrace overlooks the 18th green and a pond.

    “We have really enjoyed looking back at the last 50 years of the gold course,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “We want members of the community to join us for the open house and return again to play all three of our courses. We’re planning some special offers for our community Good Neighbors this summer, including discounts at the Pro Shop and reduced rates for play.”

    The Golden Horseshoe Gold Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1963. Upon completion of the course, Jones called it “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.” Free from surrounding residential development, the course has qualified as a certified Audubon cooperative sanctuary since 2001. Jones’ son Rees Jones renovated the Gold Course in 1998, making it more playable for medium and high handicappers without sacrificing the challenge from the championship tees. The NCAA Men’s Championship was played on the Gold Course in 2007.

    In 1962, when plans for the Gold Course were underway, Colonial Williamsburg archaeological engineers and architectural historians discovered that the proposed course would cut through a plantation site shown on Col. Desandrouin’s Map of 1781. This map was one of several important historical documents used in the restoration of Williamsburg. James City County tax records revealed that indeed, 577 acres were owned by John Saunders, a carpenter.

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown

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