The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located just a few miles from Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Two internationally acclaimed golf courses – the Gold and the Green – and the executive-length Spotswood Course make it one of the premier members of the “Resort Collection of Colonial Williamsburg.” The club has no bordering residential developments, thus its courses are surrounded by mature woodlands and ravines and designated as Audubon sanctuaries. Rated 4 ½ stars in Golf Digest’s “2006–2007 Best Places to Play,” and the recipient of Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is also listed in the Zagat Survey as one of “America’s Top Golf Courses.”
The Golf Courses:
- The Gold Course, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, is laid out over a spectacular landscape. Jones called it his “finest design.” Two of the Gold Course’s holes, the 16th and 17th holes, are listed among Golf magazine’s “Top 500 Golf Holes in the World.”
The Golf Courses plays 6,817 yards for a par of 71 with a rating of 73.8 and a slope of 138. Water is in play on seven of its 18holes. The 15th, a long par 5 of 634 yards, is the longest hole on the courses, while the shortest hole, a par 3 of 169 yards with water all the way to an island green. Listed in “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, the Gold Course was the site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
- The Green Course
The Green Course was designed Robert Trent Jones’s son, Rees Jones. At 7,120 yards, it plays a little tougher that its sibling course. The par is 72, the course is rated an intimidating 75.1 with a slope of 134. Many will tell you that Rees is a better designer than his father, but that’s seriously debatable. What is certain, however, is that he’s a brilliant designer, know among his peers as the “Open Doctor.” This is because of his seven U.S. Open designs. Rees incorporated rolling fairways among old-growth woodlands with water in play of six of the 18 holes. “The course defines the shot,” Jones said, “but gives the player several options. It’s a shotmaker’s course.” The Green Course hosted the 2004 U.S Women’s Public Links Championship.
The Spotswood Course
GOLF Magazine lists the Spotswood Course as the “best short nine-hole course in the country,” and Golf Range Magazine rates it one of the “Top Short Courses in America.” The original course opened for play in 1947. It has since been updated by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and with six par-3s, two par-4s, and one par-5s, it’s a fun course to play.