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April 21, 2009

Golden Horseshoe Gold Course ranked among 100 Greatest Public Courses

Golf Digest has named the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course #32 on its biannual list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, which showcases top courses in the nation open to all golfers. The Gold Course jumped 53 places from #85 in the ranking from two years ago. To determine the rankings, thousands of courses were played and evaluated by a panel of more than 900 men and women golfers, including club professionals, course superintendents and low-handicap amateurs. All panelists travel and play at their own expense.

Designed by famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Gold Course was built in 1963 on the site of the 18th-century John Saunders house and plantation, depicted on the Frenchman’s Map of 1781, one of the most important historical documents used in Williamsburg’s restoration. Jones called it “…a natural arboretum upon which a great golf course has been built.” His son, the equally renowned Rees Jones, added a new dimension to the course with his 1998 renovation, which made it more playable for medium and high handicappers.

“The timeless design of famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. makes the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course a true classic,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “Golf Digest’s recognition is tribute to our staff’s stewardship of this course, designed by Jones and renovated by his son Rees.”

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Golf Digest,” said Rick Viancour, course superintendant for the Golden Horseshoe. “I am pleased our staff has been recognized for its efforts in conditioning the course for our members and guests.”

The Golf Digest ranking was announced in the May issue of the magazine. Courses are rated on seven criteria: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambiance.

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 or

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