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May 16, 2007

Golden Horseshoe earns recognition

The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has been recognized for excellence as preparations are under way for the NCAA Men’s Championship finals hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University on the Gold Course May 30 through June 2.

Golf Digest has named the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course to its biannual list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, which showcases top courses in the nation open to all golfers. To determine the rankings, thousands of courses were played and evaluated by a panel of more than 800 men and women golfers, including club professionals, course superintendents and low-handicap amateurs. All panelists travel and play at their own expense.

Golfweek has named the Golden Horseshoe to its 2007 “Best Courses You Can Play” list, recognizing exceptional public access courses. The Golden Horseshoe Gold Course ranks as the #3 course in Virginia.

GolfStyles Washington names both the Golden Horseshoe Green and the Gold Courses to “The Middle Atlantic’s 100 Must-play Courses.” The magazine cites the Golden Horseshoe’s “superb hospitality” and calls the Gold Course “one of the world’s best examples of traditional golf course architecture.”

"These recognitions are a tribute to our entire staff,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “We are particularly proud to learn of these prestigious rankings as we prepare the course for the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship to be played on the Gold Course in two weeks,” added Byrnes.

Rick Viancour, course superintendent for the Golden Horseshoe reports the course is in excellent condition. “The perfect spring weather and Gregory Otto’s great Gold Course operations team have combined to make the course ready for the tournament,” said Viancour. “To prepare for the NCAA Championship, the only change we’ve made to our normal turfgrass management program is overseeding the entire rough with ryegrass, which will be maintained at 3.5 inches. An additional challenge will be the greens speed maintained at 11 throughout the tournament.”

Viancour also said the staff has put in some long hours to accommodate tournament guests – leaderboards, bleachers, tents, food and beverage areas and all the “extras” necessary for a championship. “It will be very exciting to watch these student athletes compete – in a couple of years we’ll see many of them on the PGA Tour,” he added.

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 a resort that includes more than 1,000 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns, Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. 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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