November 4, 2013
Golf course architect Rees Jones and Thomas Jefferson celebrate Gold Course 50th anniversaryGolf course architect Rees Jones returned to Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course last weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary and took a step back in time to compare notes with a fellow architect, Thomas Jefferson.
Following a shotgun start fired by colonial muskets and a round of golf, Rees Jones and Bill Barker, who eloquently portrays America’s third president, had a conversation about golf, architecture and the importance of outdoor pursuits in natural settings.
The Gold Course, originally opened in September 1963, was built by master golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., and subsequently redesigned by his son, Rees, in 1998.
“My father built the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course on historic land surrounded by virgin forest that remains so today,” said Rees. “Precision - not length - was most important to dad. Golden Horseshoe Gold is precise with some of the best greens and par threes in the game.”
As Robert Trent Jones Sr. himself put it 50 years ago, “the Gold Course is a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.” The celebrated layout continues to be one of the country’s most beautiful courses, embraced by mature woodlands and awarded status as an Audubon Sanctuary.
The Gold Course is the oldest of the three courses at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, all of which are open to the public. Golf revenues support The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, helping to keep this vital piece of American history alive and thriving.
Barbara Rust Brown