May 14, 2014
GOLFWEEK Ranks Golden Horseshoe Among Top 5 Courses in VirginiaWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club continues to rank among the nation’s best places to play. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. design was again named to Golfweek’s list of Best in State Courses You Can Play (2014).
The Gold Course has been earning a variety of honors for decades. Showing its versatility through the years, the par 71 has been listed among Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” (2013-14), “America’s 200 Toughest Courses,” as well as among “America’s 50 Most Fun Public Courses.”
“It’s an honor to be included in such prestigious company on these rankings,” said Glen Byrnes, Director of Golf at the Golden Horseshoe. “There are so many great golf courses that have come along since 1963, but we are blessed with a championship challenge in a beautiful setting that every golfer can enjoy playing. The Gold Course certainly has withstood the test of time.”
Opened in 1963 and called by Jones his “finest design,” the Gold Course is one of the best examples of traditional golf course architecture in the world. It is the premier course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which offers 45 holes of championship golf. The Gold Course, the Green Course and the nine-hole Spotswood Course are designated as Audubon sanctuaries, situated just south of the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area.
Renovated in 1998 by Jones’ son, golf architect Rees Jones, the Gold Course remains faithful to the original design. The project expanded the appeal of the course for higher-handicap players while simultaneously lengthening the course from the back tees to a maximum of 6,817 yards (144 slope).
The professional course record of 67, posted by Jack Nicklaus in an exhibition match in September of 1967, still stands today. Marvin “Vinny” Giles set the amateur course record, 68, prior to the 1998 renovation. The Gold Course has hosted numerous prestigious events, including:
• NCAA Division I Men’s Championship (2007)
• Virginia State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship (2002)
• USGA Men’s State Team Championship (1999)
• USGA Women’s State Team Championship (1999)
• USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship (1998)
In addition to golf at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, guests have a choice of more than 1,000 guest rooms among five distinctive hotel properties, from economy to luxury surrounding Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg resort services and products supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the private, not-for-profit center for history and citizenship that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.
Barbara Rust Brown