Classic golf in Colonial Williamsburg
Golf has long been ingrained in Williamsburg’s history, ever since Scottish and Irish immigrants brought the sport to the New World in the 1600s and 1700s. Today, Williamsburg’s golf legacy continues with USGA national championships and world-class golf architecture. One 9-hole and two 18-hole golf courses make up The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which is situated on nearly 400 acres of lush Audubon sanctuary.
The 6,817-yard, par-71 Gold Course, an 18-hole championship course designed by famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is a perfect example of traditional golf course architecture. The Golden Horseshoe’s other 18-hole course, the Green Course, is described as “more forgiving” than the Gold. Designed by Jones Sr.’s son Rees Jones (also known as “The Open Doctor”), the 7,120-yard, par-72 course has a more contemporary design with bunkers, berms and water features. Last, but not least, the Spotswood Course, the Golden Horseshoe’s first golf course opened in 1947, is a 9-hole, par-31 course that was later updated by Jones Sr. and is described as “family-friendly.”