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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6817 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.6
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Gold Course at The Golden Horseshoe
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Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1963) Rees Jones (1998) Greg Muirhead (1998) Rees Jones (2016) Greg Muirhead (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
50 Reviews (50)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 8
Bunkers 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 6
Worth the Drive 6

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Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must-play if you're in the Williamsburg area

Truly one of the most fun and interesting courses in Virginia, the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe is a must-play if you're anywhere near Colonial Williamsburg. First of all, it's in one of the most historic parts of the United States, so if you can pair it with a stay at the Williamsburg Inn and a little sightseeing, you've got quite the complete vacation.

But the golf course stands out quite nicely on its own, thank you. This Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout, which opened for play in 1963, has been renovated twice by son Rees Jones (the first time in 1998 with Greg Muirhead), most recently in 2016. The results of the latest round of improvements are more fair greens and a golf course that's simply more playable, while losing none of its charm.

I went into this round having heard that the Gold Course had the best collection of par 3s in the state, and I wasn't disappointed. All of them are dramatic and quite challenging, punctuated by the 16th, which features an island green. The rest of the golf course doesn't lack character either, and I thought the par 5s were particularly intriguing, starting with the second, which plays down to a green fronted by a pond, setting up a compelling risk-reward situation if you hit a good tee shot.

And inside the clubhouse, the fun continues with a most friendly staff from Kemper Sports, well-stocked golf shop, grill overlooking the 18th hole and a golf museum as well. Inside you'll find historic photos of RTJ, legendary pros and presidents who have played the course over the years. There are also some familiar replica trophies (Ryder Cup and PGA Championship, for example) that were crafted by a local silversmith in Colonial Williamsburg.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classy Course

8 of us came down from Toronto area to play golf for a week. It was our favorite of the 7 courses we played but also twice the money on average. Everything about the Gold course is top notch from the bag drop to the restaurant afterwards. We realize it is earlier in the season but some of the courses we played were in better shape which was disappointing especially for the rather high green fees. We got a deal on GolfNow or we probably wouldn't have played here.....but we did and we were glad we did.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very fun!

Such a beautiful course! I played back in January and it was ok. The course wasn’t in the best shape, but it was January. Having played the course before, I figured it would be very wet with a few solid nights of rain just prior to playing... I was very surprised how dry the course was. The greens were in awesome shape! Firm yet receptive, smooth and great speed. There were 1 or 2 greens with some minor rough patches but didn’t make the green unplayable at all. The layout is so much fun and every hole has a different challenge. All the par 3’s are beautiful and fun to play! 18 is a great finishing hole as well! Such a treat to play there!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course it’s a shame the greens were spotty

First time playing the Gold course at Golden Horseshoe. As soon as you arrive you feel you are at a very special place. Excellent staff, practice area all top notch. The layout and playability of this course is great for any golfer.

However they had a problem with their greens this year due to adverse weather conditions. Greens were certainly playable and putted well in the areas that were unaffected. This will be a 100% great condition course once the greens recover. Just be aware that this condition exists before you arrive so you are not disappointed in paying top dollar for spotty greens.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens, greens, greens

Love this golf course. The staff is awesome. Unfortunately the new greens have not taken with the weather. Real shame, it renders the golf course somewhat unfair and unplayable.

Give it some time.. The layout makes it a must play and trumps the deplorable green condition.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 242
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

AWESOME Course Layot - Green Need ALOT of Work

This was my first time playing the course. I LOVED the course layout and the beauty of the golf holes. There are some really spectacular looking golf holes. However, the greens were terrible. Almost every single green had LOTS of bare dirt where the greens had been burned up by the sun. Several greens were being repaired (old, dead grass being removed and new sod being laid down).

The driving range is mats only which is kind of a bummer. The practice area is very nice with lots or areas to practice.

The course is really nice and VERY well maintained, all except the greens. The staff is super friendly and happy to have you there playing golf. If the greens were in half way, decent condition I would give the course five stars. However greens didn’t roll well due to being burned up and lots of bare dirt. I just think for the price, I expected more.

I would love to play the course again when the greens are in better condition. However, several of the holes are beautiful and specticular (#16 and #18).

Definately play the course. You will not regret it.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Had a great time at this course. Great layout. Greens have been aerated but not bad. In a few weeks they will be great. Staff was very helpful and friendly. A must course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t Miss this Golf Experience

This course is challenging with amazing vistas and surprising elevations. Well worth the Golf Now greens fees. If in Williamsburg for a golf vacation, this is a must-play course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course but over priced

Course is really nice and well maintained. However greens while looking great didn’t roll out as you would think. The collars on some of the greens were had several bare spots. Just think for the price I expected more. Would play the course again, but not for the price on a daily basis.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Course

The course was in good shape except for around the green fringes where they had issues and planted sod around the green fringes which caused chips to hit and run. Some greens were thin and in need of repair. Went as a foursome but they put 2 twosomes behind use and then the marshal stated to let them thru. They should have teamed the twosomes up so it would not pressure our play which was not pleasing.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course, great track, and Dead Greens

What a disappointment. Checking in I ask the pro Lester how are the conditions he says great. First green almost inputtable. Next green ok. Third green sod patches, dead spots, dirt. And so in and so on. I would reccomend not playing this course at least 8 weeks to see if they can save it for the season.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent course from tee to green.

Overall course in very good condition. Greens recently aerated but rolled fine. Tee boxes and fairways in great shape for winter weather. Bunkers challenging with white sand. Took 4.5 hours for 18 holes. Will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome

Spectacular. Awesome golf course. Great job on the reopening of the course.. greens were great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

a williamsburg classic

all ratings save pace of play would be 5 stars if it wasnt december. nice to have a 65 degree day, but the great twilight rate and the weather stacked it up a bit. however, starters and marshals enforced the pace so it was a long but still enjoyable round! would recommend

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Classic course with new greens and bunkers.

This course has some of the best par 3's you Will find anywhere. The greens were running about 11 and in great shape. Hope to get another chance to play when grass is not dormant.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course

Very scenic course. The par threes are surrounded by water and definitely require your "A" game. Greens were well manicured and rolled pretty true. The staff at the course were friendly and very accommodating. Will definitely plan another trip .

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very fast greens.

Heavy rain in the previous days meant cart path only, but the course conditions were good.Greens were fast. More directions between the greens and the next tee box would have been helpfully. If I come back I will probably try the course again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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