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Experience the Revolution on the greens at the championship Green and Gold courses of the Colonial Williamsburg Resort’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.

Guests at any Colonial Williamsburg Resort hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia, are invited to play golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The club itself has 45 brilliant fairways spread throughout three unique golf courses: the Gold Course, the Green Course, and the Spotswood Course. All feature a stunning array of quiet hills, tranquil creeks, and turquoise ponds. The game of golf at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts dates to at least 1947, when a nine-hole course debuted for guests staying at the historic Williamsburg Inn. Then in 1963, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., updated the venue, creating the nine-hole Spotswood Course. But Jones continued working throughout the resort, adding a new 18-hole course that he christened as the “Gold Course.” (Around the same time, Jones also designed spectacular golf courses for Laurence S. Rockefeller at his resorts in Vermont and Hawaii.) His son, golf course architect Rees Jones, eventually followed in his father’s footsteps to Williamsburg several decades later. The younger Jones drew inspiration from the iconic Gold Course to create the acclaimed Green Course in 1991.

Carved from the same beautiful parkland terrain, the Green Course was longer than Gold but also more forgiving, which created an entertaining challenge for golfers of every skill level. Jones subsequently directed the renovation of his father's Gold Course, which re-opened in July of 2017. Tees have been re-leveled, resurfaced, and reimagined, and the expansion of the practice putting green and range gives golfers plenty of opportunity to work on their long and short games. Both the Gold and Green courses have since hosted minor USGA Men’s and Women’s championships. The Gold Course even hosted the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship in 2007. A few of the hotels near Williamsburg, VA within the resort are currently inducted into Historic Hotels of America: Williamsburg Inn (opened in 1937; inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1994) and Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection, and Colonial Houses (opened in 1750; inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2000).


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