Kingsmill Plantation course ranks #9 in the Top 50 Courses for Women as selected by Golf Digest magazine
What makes a woman-friendly golf course? Ask Golf Digest‘s panel of more than 100 female course raters, and they’ll tell you it’s a design that puts strong players to the test yet offers an enjoyable outing for shorter hitters. In considering candidates for our 2011 ranking of America’s best public and resort courses for women, we emphasized course layout the most — which is why Old Macdonald Golf Links at Bandon Dunesin Oregon debuts at No. 3. Its investment in designing a set of significantly shorter tees might shake up an industry that tends to think longer is better. But it doesn’t take a Bandon-size budget to put women-friendly practices in place. Family programs, leagues and merchandise are all low-cost, high-impact ways to say: “We want you here.” Each course in our Top 50 has at least one set of tees shorter than 5,300 yards, two sets of tees with USGA Course and Slope ratings for women, and few or no forced carries.