Golf News for Friday, February 1, 2013 | Travel

"Golden Golf Package" offered in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- One of America's great golf courses - the Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg's Golden Horseshoe Golf Club - turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion and give golfers the chance to experience this vibrant example of traditional golf course architecture, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a special anniversary package.

The "Golden Golf Package" includes:

Two nights' stay at the Williamsburg Lodge
One round of golf per golfer per night's stay
Complimentary replay rounds (to be booked upon completion of first round)
Complimentary Callaway golf club rental
Complimentary Golden Horseshoe yardage book
Complimentary personalized Golden Horseshoe golf bag tag
Commemorative 50th anniversary logo golf pouch and golf balls

The package begins at $189 per person per night at the Williamsburg Lodge and is valid March 22 through Dec. 31, 2013. Package rates for the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, Colonial Houses - Historic Lodging, Williamsburg Inn and Providence Hall Guesthouses are also available by calling 1 800 HISTORY (447-8679) or online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club's Gold Course, which originally opened in 1963, was designed by the dean of American golf course architecture, Robert Trent Jones Sr. Upon its completion, Jones called the Gold Course his "finest design." It's a prominent example of traditional golf course architecture, featuring pinched, often sloped landing areas as well as long approaches onto small greens.

It's also one of the most beautiful courses in the United States, routed through mature woodlands and lovingly maintained. When the course debuted, Jones described it as "a natural arboretum." The course was awarded certified Audubon Sanctuary status in 2001.

In 1998, architect Rees Jones, one of Jones' sons, renovated the Gold, making it more playable for higher handicap golfers. Today, the course stretches to 6,817 yards with a par of 71 and USGA slope rating of 144.

The Gold Course continues to earn accolades for its updated yet still demanding design: It is included on Golf Magazine's "Top 100 You Can Play" list of public-access courses, and is one of the Top Six Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses named by Golf Digest, joining the likes of Ireland's Ballybunion, Spain's Valderrama, and California's Spyglass Hill. The Gold Course appears on Golf Digest's list (February 2013) of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

Golden Golf Package play is available on all three Golden Horseshoe courses - the Robert Trent Jones-designed Gold Course, the Rees Jones-designed Green Course and the Spotswood nine-hole executive course.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a center for history and citizenship, is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the importance of an informed, active citizenry. Its mission, "that the future may learn from the past," is realized through offering innovative, imaginative and interactive experiences - both on- and off-site - designed to educate guests about the importance of the American Revolution. From the RevQuest: Save the Revolution! series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, to the theatrical programming of Revolutionary City®, guests can become immersed in the drama of the American Revolution and discover the ongoing relevance of the past. Guests can also visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy the many gardens and green spaces, and visit up to 35 historic sites. To experience all that the Foundation offers, guests may stay in one of the five award-winning official Colonial Williamsburg hotels and enjoy the award-winning golf courses of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, indulge in The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and shop in 40 stores. Fine dining is offered in more than 20 locations from historic dining taverns to restaurants with contemporary fare. Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. A full schedule of programs and special events can be found by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com

Media Contacts:
Barbara Rust Brown, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
(757) 220-7280 or bbrown@cwf.org

Karen Moraghan, Hunter Public Relations
(908) 876-5100 or kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com