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February 4, 2005

Discover the Legend of the Golden Horseshoe and CW's new "Links and Legends" golf package

The new “Links and Legends” golf package invites you
to make your own legend on links crafted from natural Virginia hardwood forests, 17th-century plantations and Civil War redoubts. Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is the place where legends are made and the new “Links and Legends” package beckons you to part of the magic. Designed by master architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones, it is the first father-son, side-by-side layout in the country.

And the name? As legend has it, Colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood, the first colonial governor to appreciate the economic value of the western frontier, organized a challenging 1716 expedition of 63 hearty compatriots to explore the far reaches of the Virginia colony. The toll to man and beast was high given the rocky but spectacular soil of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge, the Shenandoah and the Allegheny Mountains. To those completing the adventure, Spotswood created and bestowed jewel encrusted golden horseshoes commemorating their perseverance on the successful journey. Come play a legend and learn more.

The Golden Horseshoe Golf Courses epitomize the tradition of Spotswood’s expedition: the challenge of daring adventure, the enjoyment of a peaceful and spectacular environment, and the reward of completing a test of skill and perseverance.

Beginning in March 2005, “Links & Legends” guests can enjoy deluxe accommodations, a round of golf per day, one on the Gold Course and one on the Green Course, unlimited range balls, logo towel, sleeve of logo balls and logo ball marker.

The “Links & Legends Package” — valid March 18 through November 30 — starts at $159 for the Woodlands Hotel & Suites; $189 for the Williamsburg Lodge; $189 for Colonial Houses (25 restored and reconstructed 18th-century homes); $229 for the Providence Hall Wings of the Williamsburg Inn; and $289 for a deluxe room at the Williamsburg Inn’s historic main building. The package rates are per person, per night, with a two-night minimum required.

The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club ( includes the renowned Gold Course originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and renovated by his son Rees Jones that plays to 6,817 yards from the championship tees. The Green Course, a 7,120-yard layout designed by Rees Jones, was selected by Golf Digest as one of its five best new resort courses.

Ranked among Golf Digest’s “2004 Top 75 Resorts,” “Five Star Courses” and “Best Places To Play,” Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is a “Gold Medalist” in GOLF Magazine’s bi-annual ranking of golf resorts in the United States. Jones Sr. designed the nine-hole Spotswood Course as well, rounding out the Golden Horseshoe’s three offerings.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-800-HISTORY or log onto

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Carol Godwin
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