The Gold Course now features Northbridge Bermuda turfgrass on the fairways and surrounding roughs, and 007 Bentgrass on the greens. The bunkers were rebuilt using the “Better Billy Bunker” construction technique to improve the drainage, look, and playability. Other upgrades include the addition of nine forward tees, re-leveling all remaining tees, reconstruction of four green complexes (Nos. 2, 6, 12, and 18), and resurfacing of all remaining greens. The practice putting green was substantially expanded and the practice range added new a new short game “target greens” practice area.
These improvements exhibit Colonial Williamsburg’s significant commitment to the iconic golf course, ensuring the Golden Horseshoe remains one of the top golf resort destinations in the nation.
The renovation of Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s original 1963 design was directed by his son, golf course architect Rees Jones, known as the “Open Doctor” for his expert renovations of many U.S. Open courses, and Greg Muirhead of Rees Jones Inc. Golf Course Design.
Colonial Williamsburg commemorates the re-opening with the new Golden Experience Package. Rates start at $179 per person, per night and include greens fee and nightly accommodations at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels- the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Griffin Hotel, Colonial Houses, and Williamsburg Woodlands.
Guests enjoy exclusive benefits as a guest at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s unique hotel properties: one round of golf per person, per nightly stay; PING rental clubs, if needed; golf cart; practice balls; a personalized bag tag; and a limited-edition Golden Horseshoe ball marker.
When Jones Sr. opened the Gold 54 years ago, he called it his finest design and “a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.” Through the years, the Gold Course has been recognized with numerous awards of excellence from players and golf media. It has hosted multiple USGA championships in addition to the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. It currently ranks number 79 on Golf Digest’s list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.
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