August 25, 2014
GOLF Magazine Ranks Golden Horseshoe Gold Course Among America's Top 100WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club continues to rank among the nation’s best golf courses. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. design was again named to GOLF magazine’s list of “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” published in the September 2014 issue.
The Gold Course is No. 57 overall in the United States and one of only three golf courses in Virginia to make the list. Jones called it “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built. The overall result is perfection.”
Having earned a variety of honors for decades, the versatile layout – renovated in 1998 by Jones’ son, golf architect Rees Jones – has withstood the test of time. Opened in 1963 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.
The Green Course, a Rees Jones design that debuted in 1991, was also honored on the latest GOLF magazine list, as one of the Top 15 courses in Virginia.
“My father was fond of saying, ‘the more rugged the land, the more spectacular the result,’ and he certainly achieved that result with the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course,” Rees Jones said. “I think its playability is the reason the Golden Horseshoe has stood the test of time. The site is a prime example of how an architect must listen to the land. The golf course fits the terrain on every hole.”
The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has hosted numerous prestigious events, including the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship (Gold) and 2004 U.S Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship (Green).
“It is gratifying that our golf courses are consistently considered among the elite venues in the game,” said Glen Byrnes, Director of Golf at the Golden Horseshoe. “Their reputation as both beautiful and challenging puts them in prestigious company, with the best of the best.”
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.
Williamsburg, Va., is located within an hour’s drive of Richmond or Norfolk, 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., just off Interstate 64.
More information about Colonial Williamsburg is available by accessing the website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/wellness-and-recreation/golf or by calling toll-free 855-296-6627.
Barbara Rust Brown