About Kingsmill ResortLocated in Williamsburg, Virginia, Kingsmill Resort is a AAA Four Diamond property set on 2,900 protected acres along the James River. The historic property has been the site of both Revolutionary and Civil War battles and ruins of a Colonial Inn and cannons are on display. The property features two private courses open to resort guests plus a third course open to Kingsmill members only. Accommodations here include condos with one, two and three-bedroom floor plans with full kitchens. Opened in 1975, the resort has a spa, three pools and a lazy river. In addition to golf, there is a tennis club and full-service marina as well as fishing services and guides. Golf is highlighted by the River Course, while guests can also play the Plantation Course (the Woods Course is members-only).
Golf courses at Kingsmill Resort
Images from Kingsmill Resort
Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/13/2019
Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/13/2019
Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/13/2019
par 3 13th Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/10/2019
par 4 16th Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/10/2019
par 3 17th Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/10/2019
par 4 18th Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 05/10/2019
Kingsmill Plantation Course Brent Get back to golf Photo submitted by Brent1002765 on 08/23/2018
World class golf!!! Photo submitted by MP6534 on 08/16/2017
Seriously? Photo submitted by MP6534 on 08/16/2017
Meandering Resort course
The day we played, the River Course was booked with a tournament, so we played the Plantation. Check in was easy and professional. Cart path only, so made for a longer day in the hot weather. Some views of the James river and overall a pretty course but not memorable. Many left to right shots off the tee.
Good warmup course for the River. PM is certainly better pace of play. Enjoyed but If we came back, we would make sure to play the River Course.
First time playing kingsmill plantation as my wife and I are staying at the resort. Everyone from check in to bag dip and cart girl was phenomenal. Really amazing customer service. Course was in good shape and pace was great throughout. Well worth a look if you’re in the Williamsburg area.
I played six (6) rounds--3 on The River and 3 on The Plantation. Both courses are in excellent condition, and the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. They bend over backwards to make your golf experience special. Even with the pandemic, VA golf courses have remained open, and Kingsmill has exceptional courses. If you get a chance, play them. The Resort is scheduled to open back up to some degree on May 15th, but if you're local you might want to call and see if you can play. It's well worth the time and money.
Kingsmills before LPGa
We played both courses at Kingsmills; the Plantation course was an unexpected treat as they were prepping for the Pure Silk. Excellent conditions, not cart path only like the River Course. We also used rentals clubs for the first time and the pro shop looked after everything.
4.25 hours and right to the pool!
We will be back.
River Course is fun, memorable and challenging
The River Course is another example of a Pete Dye layout that really is very player friendly. The fairways are wide, the bunkers aren't too penal and the greens really aren't that severe. It's not a pushover, by any means, but it really is enjoyable for most players.
The course is perfectly suited for the upcoming Pure Silk Championship on the LPGA Tour. Last year's event was won in a playoff by Ariya Jutanugarn, who was 14-under-par through the first 54 holes. The year before Lexi Thompson went 20-under, so there are lots of birdies out there for good players.
While the course is enjoyable throughout, the finishing stretch is one of the more memorable you'll ever play. The 16th is a downhill left-to-right par 4 with a green perched in a precarious position that makes your approach shot critical. Any miss below presents a challenging up and down opportunity, to say the least. The 17th, is a beautiful par 3 that runs along the shores of the James River, and the tee shot on the par-4 18th, all carry over a lake that then runs down the left side of the fairway, is among the most difficult on the course.
Plantation good warm-up for Kingsmill's River Course
Though it's just under 6,400 yards from the back tees, the Plantation Course at Kingsmill Resort is plenty challenging for a resort course and offers a nice complement to the championship River Course at the resort.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, it presents an unusual amount of left-to-right tee shots. They're large, so they are not overly difficult, but you if you get carried away with trying to fade the ball (for right-handers) trouble in the trees definitely looms. Mostly, though, the course is fun. Rolling hills and interesting greens make this a great warm-up to the River Course at the resort. And afterwards, you'll want to check out the Eagles Restaurant and Bar inside the clubhouse, which is a great place to grab a sandwich, crab chowder and local craft brew on tap.
Pace of play was horrible
I really liked the course, but my experience could have been better. Apparently, there are home-owners who play this course who seem to get special consideration. The foursome in front of us was painfully slow. All were walkers with pull-carts which is why I assume they were home-owners - most resort players don't bring pull-carts. I called the pro shop when we were on the 7th tee (with groups lined up behind us). The pro was reluctant to do anything because, as he said, the slow foursome was only playing 9 holes. We were encouraged that our misery would only last 3 more holes. But when we got to the 10th tee, we were shocked to see a 5-some (yes, you read that right) was put out right in front of us on the back 9. They were walking with pull-carts so I assume home-owners again. For one hole, the 5-some turned into a 6-some when a neighbor came out to join them. Given the cost to stay at Kingsmill, I would have expected a better experience.
Resort golf at it's best...I'll definitely be back!
I took my wife and 2 daughters to Kingsmill resort to visit Bush Gardens, Colonial WIlliamsburg and to play one round of golf. They had a Family Fun pack special Package so I was able to play the Plantation course for 30 dollars with a cart. The heat Index that day was 105 degrees but It didn't bother me one bit! The course is very friendly and lots of left to right shots so it's good for intermediate and even advance golfers that want to play from the tips. I played from the whites because I just wanted to enjoy myself on my vacation! I most certainly did. I will definitely go back and play this course again. The only bummer part was at the time I went they had someone vandalize the greens. No fault of Kingsmill. I really enjoyed my round!
Always in Excellent Shape!
Even in February, this course is in excellent shape. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were beautiful and well manicured. And, the rough is definitely THE ROUGH--they keep this rough long to ensure a championship experience. My advice--stay in the fairway and avoid the rough at all costs. The new owners (Escalante) understand golf course management and have improved The River tremendously over the previous owners. This course is where the LPGA plays in May, and it is a treat, especially #16, #17 and #18 which run up to and along the James River. Throughout the course, you will see historical sites, which just add to the beauty of this course. Don't underestimate this course--it's a Dye course and you need to be accurate or expect 1-2 more strokes added.
Excellent Condition in December
Course has been well maintained and the grass has held up into late December. Having played several high end courses in the area, the River Course is maintained to some of the highest standards for the region.
Fair Test of Your Game
Through the rolling hills of southeastern Virginia, this course will test you. A few forced carries through some scenic history, it will give everyone from the beginner to the advanced player a fair test of their skill. Fun course to play.
If you want a championship test of your golf skills, this it is. LPGA plays here and PGA did until equipment allowed them to overpower the course. Good challenge but fair. No flat lies and greens will challenge you. Great way to enjoy the game.
A good compliment to the river
This course is pretty open and fun to play. Condition is good and the greens are awesome. A good companion to the better river course. Honestly I’d rate it much better if it weren’t for 1 and 18. 2-17 are great and have a lot of interesting challenging holes. 1 and 18 feel forced into a smaller space than needed. Both are short 4s (under 300) without any dogleg or really anything interesting at all to offer protection. Just take your 4 to start your day and look forward to a great rest of the round. If you’re having a good round thru 17, 18 won’t do anything to change it.
Love the River
Disclaimer I live here, but that doesn’t take anything away from the course. Great condition all the time, playable for most levels of golfer, and the whole facility is great! LPGA plays one of the best tournaments on tour here and there’s so many great holes. 3 is a great par 5 as is 7. 8 and 9 are tough 4s. I’ve played a lot of courses on the east coast and 15-18 is my favorite four hole stretch period. If you’re a history buff check out the site between 16 and 17. This is a course you need to play if you’re in the Williamsburg area it’s a treat.
The Club at Kingsmill Plantation Course
Fun course. Always in great shape. Greens small and excellent. Pace of play very good.
River Course at Kingsmill
Very nice golf course. Greens always good. Premium for keeping the ball in the fairway when rough is sup in the summer. Nice vistas along the river. Fun to watch the LPGA players during the Kingsmill Championship. Club staff very welcoming. One of the best courses in the Williamsburg/Newport News area.
Fantastic golf and spa, but the rest of the resort needs some work.
I cannot say enough fine things about the golf course and golf facilities at Kingsmill. The courses (both the River and Plantation) were challenging, but not so challenging that I ever felt like I was in over my head. Both courses were in fantastic condition. The greens ran true and fast. The driving range was lovely. The staff was fantastic, including the pros (seriously, if you are in the market for golf instruction, consider a weekend at Kingsmill). Great pro shop as well. And a nice bar to have a burger for lunch. Also- the cart girl makes a mean Bloody Mary.
The spa was also world class. The massage therapist really knew what she was doing, and helped me out a lot with a lingering shoulder injury. Really impressed with the spa.
If I were solely rating Kingsmill on the golf and spa, it would be five stars, hands down. Unfortunately, to play there, you have to be a guest of the resort, which disappointed. Again, the facilities were beautiful, and the rooms were fine, but the food left much to be desired (I'm being generous with that statement) and for a resort that charges over $400 a night, the wine list was pathetic. Additionally, the reservation staff messed up our reservation and we were informed that we would have to move rooms halfway through our stay (seriously?). When we finally worked something out so that would not be the case, they messed up our parking passes and room keys and when I tried to explain to the front desk what had happened (all I really wanted to do was go to bed), the girl at the desk was quite rude. There really needs to be better communication between the front desk and the reservation staff. And if you are going to charge that much and market yourself as a five diamond resort, get a chef who can provide something better than Cupcake Chardonnay and slimy crab dip.
Would I go again? Absolutely. In fact, I anticipate that happening. The golf, again, is world class and makes it more than worth the disappointment I experienced with the front desk staff and food. So yes- I would hands down recommend you consider Kingsmill for a great golf vacation . . . just make a plan to go into town and eat dinner elsewhere at the end of the day.