WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- It must be special if it's a millennium golf tournament that is played every year. But that is what is happening at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, in Williamsburg, Va., where its "one-time-only" event is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009.
The Millennium X Golf Classic, set for January 9-11, began in 2000 with a sell-out field ringing in the new millennium. But when pundits announced the "true" start of the new millennium was actually 2001, the event was held a second time due to popular demand - and sold out again. And it's been going strong ever since.
There seems to be some good weather karma going on, too, according to Glen Byrnes, Golden Horseshoe's host professional and director of golf. "Even though the event is always early in January, the golfers have played more times in shorts than we have in snow," Byrnes says.
The 36-hole classic features a two-person format, better ball and captain's choice. Saturday's format will be captain's choice while Sunday's will be four ball (two person, best ball). Handicaps will be used to determine Saturday's pairings. Flights will be determined by Saturday's scores
The entry fee of $410 per team includes tournament rounds and carts, practice rounds (pay cart fees only), practice balls prior to tournament rounds, tee gift, continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday evening buffet dinner and awards presentation. To enter call 800-648-6653 or 757-220-7696.
Special room rates are available at official Colonial Williamsburg hotels. To make a reservation, call 800-261-9530 and identify yourself as a 2009 Millennium Golf Classic participant.
The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is a championship venue widely acclaimed for its two dynamic golf designs: the Gold Course, originally designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones Sr. and renovated by his son Rees Jones (6,817-yards from the championship tees), and the Green Course, a Rees Jones layout (7,120-yards from the tips). The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has hosted numerous national tournaments over the years, including the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship and 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation's largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation's preservation, research, and educational programs.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia's Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg's Web site at www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com or www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/golf.
Karen Moraghan, Hunter Public Relations