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September 13, 2006

Golden Horseshoe's Gold Course ranked in Golf Magazine's list of "America's Top 100 You Can Play"

The Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is listed in the top 50 of GOLF Magazine’s recently published list of the America’s “Top 100 You Can Play.” A panel comprised of PGA section directors, regional golf association directors, golf writers and other respected members of the golf community voted on the “Top 100 You Can Play” from a list of more than 400 daily-fee, resort and semi-private courses nominated by the editors of GOLF Magazine.

The Golden Horseshoe is ranked 48th in the nation. The 2006 list appears in the September issue of the magazine which is now available on newsstands.

“The GOLF Magazine ranking is a much deserved recognition of our entire staff,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which features the accompanying Green Course, designed by Rees Jones and Spotswood, a nine-hole layout. “The efforts by the staff at the Golden Horseshoe have continued to produce an extraordinary golf facility, which is reflected in this honor for the Gold Course.”

Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1963, the Gold Course frequently has been honored with awards for its combination of panoramic views with intriguing and often difficult shot demands. Jones himself called the Gold Course “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.” That thesis was furthered during a 1998 course renovation by Rees Jones, the acclaimed son of the original designer.

An enduring example of traditional golf course architecture – walkable and completely free of surrounding real estate development – the par-71 Gold Course plays to 6,817 yards from the back tees, with its 144 slope rating justified by pinched, sometimes sloping landing areas and expansive forced carries to challenging pin placements on generally small greens.

Ranked among Golf Digest’s “2004 Top 75 Resorts,” “Five Star Courses” and “Best Places To Play,” Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club also is a “Gold Medalist” in GOLF Magazine’s bi-annual ranking of golf resorts in the United States.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates more than 1,000 guest rooms, ten restaurants and 55,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns and The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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