Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr, Rees Jones (renovation, 1998)
Year Opened: 1963
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Slope: 144  Rating: 73.8
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,817
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 402 Yds    10 - Par 4 466 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 498 Yds    11 - Par 4 403 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 201 Yds    12 - Par 3 188 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 421 Yds    13 - Par 4 363 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 348 Yds    14 - Par 4 445 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 485 Yds    15 - Par 5 634 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 206 Yds    16 - Par 3 169 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 337 Yds    17 - Par 4 435 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 372 Yds    18 - Par 4 444 Yds
                      Par 36  3,270 Yds     Par 35  3,547 Yds

Key Events Held: USGA Men's State Team Championship (1999),
                 Virginia-Carolina Team Matches (2000),
                 Virginia Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship (2002),
                 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship (2002-05),
                 NCAA Division I National Men's Championship (2007).

Awards Won: 5 stars in Golf Digest's - Best Places to Play (2004),
            4 1/2 stars in Golf Digest's - Best Places to Play (2005-06),
            Top 100 You Can Play - Golf Magazine (1996-05),
            #3 America's Best State-by-State Public Courses - Golfweek (2004),
            #7 Best-in-State Rankings - Golf Digest (2005),
            Gold Medal Resort - Golf Magazine (2004-05),
            Gold List Worlds Best 700 Places to Stay - Conde Nast (1995-2005),
            America's 100 Greatest Public Courses - Golf Digest (2003),
            Top 500 Golf Holes in the World (16, 17) - Golf Digest (2000),
            Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

Course Record: 60 (Daniel Summerhays, Michael Schachner, 2007)


HISTORY:  You  know it's  a home run  when the architect  calls it his "finest
design."  That's what  you  have with  the Gold  Course  at Golden  Horseshoe.
Crafted  by the  legendary Robert Trent Jones  Sr back in 1963, the Gold is as
traditional a golf course as it gets.

A  shot  makers course with  beautiful views, the Gold  is not long by today's
standards,  just  6,817 yards  in length. It  features outstanding par threes,
rock  solid par  fours, two reachable par fives and one monster three shotter.
The  Gold represents 125 acres, with 85 traps, six water hazards and four sets
of tees, beginning from 5,168 yards.

Over  the years, Trent Jones Sr has designed some masterful layouts, including
Hazeltine National, Mauna Kea, Spyglass Hill and Bellerive Country Club and to
consider the Gold as one of his finest designs, is quite a testament.

The  Gold has hosted an impressive list of events, including a 1967 exhibition
round  by  Jack Nicklaus.  After his  record-setting round  of 67, which still
stands, Nicklaus commented, "This is a wonderful golf fine a Trent
Jones  course  as I've ever  seen." Nicklaus  and Mason Rudolph played against
then  U.S. Amateur  champion Marvin "Vinny" Giles and Sam Wallace Sr, the 1967
Virginia  State Amateur champion. Nicklaus needed birdies on three of the last
four holes to beat Giles by one.

Including  the Green and  Spotswood Courses, the Gold was built on the site of
the  18th-century John  Saunders house and plantation, a whopping 577 acres at
the  time. The Saunders house foundation was excavated in 1962 and is depicted
on  the Frenchman's Map  of 1781, one of the most historical documents used in
the restoration of Williamsburg.

The  Gold Course hosted the 1999 USGA Men's State Team Championship won by the
state of Texas, as they defeated Virginia and Minnesota by one shot. The
Texans got stellar play from Bob Kearney who shot back-to-back 68s in the
weather-shortened event.

History  of  the club would  not be complete without  the Legend of the Golden
Horseshoe, courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg.

The Legend of the Golden Horseshoe recalls the origins of Virginia History. In
1716,  colonial governor  Alexander Spotswood organized a daring expedition to
explore  the far  reaches  of the  Virginia colony.  Spotswood,  aware of  the
frontier's economic potential and bent on encouraging westward settlement, led
a party of 63 men on the arduous journey.

Hugh  Jones offered his account in 1724 of the toll taken by the rocky soil of
the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge:

"For  this expedition  they were obliged to provide a great Quantity of Horse-
Shoes  (Things seldom used  in the lower Parts of the Country, where there are
few Stones). The Governor, upon their Return, presented each of his Companions
with  a  Golden Horse-Shoe,  some of  which I have  seen studded with valuable
Stones resembling the Heads of Nails."

Although  several persons in the nineteenth century claimed to have seen them,
none of the small, golden horse-shoes described by Jones have been found.

The  Golden Horseshoe  Golf Courses  epitomize the  tradition and  mystique of
Spotswood's  expedition: the challenge of daring adventure, the enjoyment of a
peaceful  and spectacular environment, and the reward of completing an arduous

REVIEW:  The  opening hole  on the  Gold Course is  a simple, dogleg-right par
four,  devoid of fairway  bunkers. The landing area is quite wide, so take out
the  big stick off the slightly elevated tee box, thus leaving a short-iron or
wedge  to a very receptive green. The putting surface features a bunker on the
right  side and  slopes from back to  front. Tree lined from the middle of the
fairway on in, can present problems, especially if you're long and left.

Your  first look at what makes this course so special comes at the second hole
and more specifically, your second shot. Another dogleg to the right, the par-
five  second is quite  a risk-reward hole, as it only stretches 498 yards from
the  tips.  Once again,  trees line  both sides  of the  fairway, making for a
difficult  tee shot.  Favor the left side,  as a 25-yard long trap guards sits
watch  on the  right. The  next play  will be  downhill towards  the green  or
landing  area. The key here is to avoid the pond fronting the putting surface.
Option  one. Layup with a short-iron to the bottom of the hill, leaving just a
pitch  over  the water.  Option two.  Go for the  green in  two with a fairway
metal. The putting surface is very wide and has plenty of room to err, so give
it a go. Worse-case scenario, you make bogey, but what a view!

The first of four of the finest collection of par three's on any course in the
land, the third is a downhill gem. This 201 yarder could be the hardest of the
quartet,  as  it features  the tightest  of targets with  tall trees down both
sides.  The putting surface  is only 17 paces deep, but quite wide (36 yards).
Water  and  sand short  and one  trap deep  make this  a bear  of a par three.
Missing long and right is safe, but will present a difficult up and down.

What  makes the fourth so difficult (it's the number one handicap hole) is not
the  length, but the premium of accuracy that's placed on the player. From the
gold  tees it's only 421 yards long, but it bends to the right and the fairway
is  quite narrow,  not to mention a  30-yard bunker guarding the corner of the
landing  zone. The green  is guarded by two deep bunkers on either side and is
very undulating. Let's not forget, the hole is tree-lined from tee to green.

One  of  the shortest par  fours on the course,  the fifth is relatively easy,
except  for  the fact that it's  straightaway, tight and tree-lined. A fairway
metal  or long  iron off the tee will  set up a wedge to a long, narrow green.
The  landing  area becomes extremely  slim from 100  yards in, as another long
bunker  down  the right looms large.  The putting surface is raised with traps
right and left. A back-left flag will present a very small target, making club
selection key. A possible birdie chance, but beware of a double-bogey.

A  perfect example  of why a par five  does not need to be 600 yards long. The
sixth is just 485 yards in length from the back buttons. It represents quite a
challenge  as it  bends to  the  right, plays  downhill from  the tee,  uphill
towards the green and is tree-lined throughout. A big drive down the left side
should  set  up the best  angle towards  pay dirt. Any  tee shot off line will
result  in trouble with a capital "T", especially if missed right as the trees
are  deep  and dense. Laying  up short  of the green  will result in an uphill
pitch  to a small, undulating green. Two bunkers short and one deep will catch
any misplayed shot. Birdies and possibly eagles, but bogeys and worse can come
into play.

The  longest of  the par three's, the  seventh is another beauty. A modest 206
yards  and playing  downhill, this  one-shotter is  all about  club selection.
Perched  in the  hillside, the green is  as wide as it's deep and features two
tiers.  Three  bunkers surround the  surface, while  water sits well below the
green. It comes as no surprise that this hole is the seventh most difficult on
the course.

Another  chance to get  one back, the par-four eighth is short, but flanked by
trees.  Just a  long iron or fairway metal  off the tee will set up a wedge to
this  dogleg-left  hole. The putting surface  is slightly uphill with two deep
bunkers,  front  right and  left. The green  slopes from back  to front and is
lower-case  r-shaped. The  object on eight is  to avoid the trio of traps down
the right off the tee and take dead aim at the flag for birdie.

A dogleg to the left, the ninth presents quite a challenge off the tee, as the
fairway  slopes  towards the right,  where bunkers  and trees lay. Your second
shot  will be with  a short iron to a fairly receptive green, that slopes from
back  to front. The  object here, stay below the hole, give yourself a shot at
birdie and don't be disappointed with par. It's a good score.

Not  only is  the back  nine  277 yards  longer, but  it's  only a  par of  35
featuring  five of  six par fours over  400 yards in length. The first in that
category  is the  466-yard, dogleg-right  10th. A  difficult driving  hole, as
trees  begin where the fairway starts on both sides and any shot missing right
will most likely result in a lost ball. The entire right side is dangerous and
must  be  avoided, not to  mention the deep traps  left and right. The putting
surface  slopes  from back to  front and is  very slick. A  par here will be a
great score.

Through  a shoot of trees, the 11th is a straightaway par four with tall trees
flanking  both  sides of  the hole, making  for a tight  tee ball. The fairway
slopes  from left to right, and is devoid of sand. The green features only one
trap  (right side), but  is angled to the right. As is the case on most holes,
stay below the hole for your best shot at birdie.

Quite  an eery feeling, as you reach the par-three 12th. The tee box stands 40
feet  above the  green, which is virtually surrounded by water, sans the left.
Only  19  paces deep and 39  yards wide, the  putting surface is broken in two
sections by a ridge in the center. A back-right pin with the wind in your face
makes this one of the most demanding holes on the course.

A  breather  of sorts,  the 13th  is the shortest  par four  on the back nine.
Playing  uphill off the tee, just a fairway metal or a long iron will suffice,
leaving a short wedge to the green. From the crown of the hill, the hole plays
downhill  to a raised green with a quartet of traps surrounding the green. The
putting  surface is a whopping 36 yards wide, but just 20 deep. Depending upon
the pin placement, this could be a birdie hole.

The  final five holes  on the Gold Course make for an amazing finish. First is
the dogleg-right 14th, 445 yards in length and the second handicap hole on the
course.  The key  to this gem, as with  most holes here is the tee shot, which
must  thread  the tree-lined fairway  and avoid the  trap down the right. Even
with  a big  tee ball,  a medium  iron will  remain to  a T-shaped  green with
bunkers  under the  arms. The surface is  very quick from back to front making
any deep shot difficult to two-putt.

The longest hole on the course, the 15th is a monster of a par-five, 634 yards
from  the  back tees. In fact,  even from the  white markers, its 600 yards. A
200-yard  carry  is needed just  to reach the  fairway on this fairly straight
three-shot  hole. Bunkers on either side of the tree-lined hole come into play
off  the tee. The  landing area is free of sand, but is very narrow around the
100-yard  mark.  The green  is the  largest on the  course with three distinct
traps guarding the pin. A back-left pin can make this hole next to impossible.
Take your par and move on.

One  final  beautiful par three, the  16th is another signature hole at Golden
Horseshoe.  The  shortest of  the group,  this hole features  one of the first
island  greens in golf. Depending upon the tee box, it can play from 97 to 169
yards  in  length. The putting  surface is wide and  narrow from the tips with
five bunkers surrounding the green, while the left box is a bigger target, but
not  any easier.  With such a large  green, this hole can play different every
day of the week.

At  first  blush, the 17th seems  quite benign. Au contraire. Straightaway and
uphill  from  tee to green, this  par four is  again tree lined with a fairway
that  slopes  from right to left.  Even with a big  tee shot, a medium to long
iron  awaits to a putting surface that slopes from back to front with two deep
bunkers fronting. The tall trees behind the hole frame the 17th beautifully.

The  final hole  typifies the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe. A long, dogleg-
left,  tree-lined par four. The fairway is long and narrow and requires a deep
blast  down the right  side, as any shot left will be partially blocked by the
tall  trees. A  medium to long iron  will remain to a slightly downhill placed
green  that slopes from back to front. The putting surface is guarded in front
by a pair of traps, while left of the target will end up wet. A very demanding
finishing hole, especially with the match on the line.

FINAL WORD: The Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe is a marvelous venue, complete
with all the necessities of a top-100 layout.

Let's start with the course itself. Challenging and demanding even though it's
less  than 7,000 yards long. That's evident by the course record of just four-
under  par dating  back to 1967. Four  of the most beautiful and difficult par
threes  that you'll  ever find. Tree-lined fairways that are so mature, you'll
need  tunnel  vision just to  dissect them. The  conditioning of the course is
immaculate and the greens are as smooth as glass.

The  practice  facility is not the  largest, but it's adequate, although range
balls  can be  found at times on  the first fairway. It's hard to top Colonial
Williamsburg's  Ambassador  of Golf,  Del Snyder.  A protege  of the great Sam
Snead,  Snyder  has lost count of  the guests and  VIPs he has helped over the
years at Golden Horseshoe.

The  clubhouse, overlooking  the 18th  green is  a magnificent  building which
seems to have been around since the 1700s. Another remarkable aspect of Golden
Horseshoe  Golf Club is that all income from the club is used for the purposes
of  The Colonial  Williamsburg  Foundation, a  non-profit organization,  which
operates the Historic Area.

The  golf course  is walking distance from the center of Colonial Williamsburg
and  is  just a wedge  away from Williamsburg  Inn and Williamsburg Lodge, two
fantastic places to stay when visiting the area.

Another  attractive quality  is the fact that Golden Horseshoe is conveniently
located from Richmond (45 minutes), Washington D.C. (2 hours) and Philadelphia
(4 1/2 hours).

Let's face it, the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe is a must play for the avid
golfer  who wants to be challenged and for the family man who wants to squeeze
a  round in before touring the historic sites. Forget those massive 7,200-yard
layouts with forced carries and enormous greens, I'll take the Gold anytime.


Course Architects: Rees Jones, Greg Muirhead
Year Opened: 1991
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Slope: 138. Rating: 75.1
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,120
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 429 Yds    10 - Par 4 352 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 404 Yds    11 - Par 3 195 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 360 Yds    12 - Par 4 444 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 380 Yds    13 - Par 4 396 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 558 Yds    14 - Par 4 466 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 450 Yds    15 - Par 5 616 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 188 Yds    16 - Par 4 397 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 538 Yds    17 - Par 3 220 Yds
                      9 - Par 3 196 Yds    18 - Par 5 531 Yds
                      Par 36  3,503 Yds     Par 36  3,617 Yds

Key Events Held: NCAA Division I Championship (2007),
                 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship (2004),
                 Virginia State Golf Association Senior Amateur (2002),
                 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship (2002-03),
                 NCAA Division I Eastern Men's Regional Semifinals (2001),
                 USGA Women's State Team Championship (1999),
                 USGA Senior Women's Amateur (1998).

Awards Won: 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest - Best Places to Play (2002-06),
            Top 100 You Can Play by Golf Magazine (1996-2006),
            America's Top Golf Courses by Zagat Survey (2006-07),
            Ranked #4 best new resort course - Golf Digest (1992),
            Gold Medal Resort by GOLF Magazine (2004),
            Top 75 Golf Resorts in the World by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine,
            Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.


HISTORY:  Construction on  a second  18-hole layout  at Colonial  Williamsburg
began  in the autumn  of 1989 and, two years later, opened with grand fanfare.
Rees  Jones, the second son of legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., was
tabbed as course designer.

Commonly  known as the "Open Doctor," Jones has refined many of this country's
most  storied  layouts,  such  as Hazeltine  National,  Congressional  (Blue),
Baltusrol  (Lower) and  Bethpage (Black). Jones, however, has left his mark on
many  of his own original designs, such as Pinehurst (No. 7), Haig Point (SC),
Ocean Forest (GA) and Cascata (NV).

Jones'  philosophy is  simple:  "Create courses  that  are fair,  challenging,
continually  interesting to play, and visually exciting. We get a feel for the
land,  we  listen to  the client,  and we build  a course  that we believe has
integrity  and  lasting value." He  certainly has hit  the mark with the Green

Built  adjacent to the  site of the Fort Magruder defenses used during the May
1862  Battle of  Williamsburg, the Green course is carved through deep forests
and fashioned over ravines and hills of Eastern Virginia.

Just seven years after opening, the United States Golf Association called upon
the Green Course to host the USGA Senior Women's Amateur. Just two years after
capturing this championship, Gayle Borthwick of Canada became the first player
to  have won this  event in both stroke play and match play. Even with Valerie
Hassett  after four holes, Borthwick recorded back-to-back birdies on five and
six  to  take a 2-up lead  which she would  never relinquish. With pars on the
final  10 holes  of the  match, Borthwick  played the  15 holes  in one-under,
winning the match 4 & 3. Medalist Toni Wiesner, who lost in the quarterfinals,
set  a  scoring record  that still stands  today -- a  135, shooting rounds of

After   finishing   third  in  the   previous  two  USGA  Women's  State  Team
Championships, the state of Florida captured the third installment in 1999, as
they posted a one-shot win over the Volunteer State of Tennessee in a weather-
shortened  affair. The  trio  of  Marla Jemsek-Weeks,  Robin  Weiss and  Taffy
Brower,  all standout  amateurs, led the Sunshine State to victory, as Florida
rebounded  from a two-shot deficit after the opening day. With the remnants of
Hurricane  Dennis causing numerous delays, the third round of the championship
was cancelled.

The  NCAA  held its Division I  Eastern Men's Regional Semifinals on the Green
Course  in  2001, when East  Tennessee State  posted a whopping eight-shot win
over  NC  State. The Florida Gators,  led by talented freshman and current PGA
Tour  player  Camilo Villegas finished third,  nine shots back. The Gator team
also  included Bubba Dickerson, currently on the PGA Tour, and Tour journeymen
Nick  Gilliam and  Camilo Benedetti,  as they  won the  NCAA Division  I Men's
Championship  the following month. Villegas, who won the individual title with
a three-round score of 201, owns the course record on the Green, with a first-
round 64.

One  of the most memorable championships held on the Green Course was the 2004
U.S.  Women's  Amateur Public Links,  where teenage sensation Michelle Wie was
back  to  defend her  title. After  capturing the  championship in Florida the
previous  year, Wie was poised and ready to return to the winner's circle. She
tied  for sixth  in  the stroke-play  portion, crushed  Jenna  Pearson in  the
quarterfinals  and then dispatched Angela Park in the semis to reach the final
against  Ya-Ni Tseng.  Trailing 2-down after six  holes, Wie went on a tear by
winning  six of  the next  eight holes  to take  a 4-up  lead after  14. Tseng
battled  back with  birdies on 15 and 18  to trail by only two holes after the
morning round. Tseng closed to 1-down with a birdie on the 21st hole, but gave
the  hole  back with  a bogey  on nine  (27th hole).  Tseng squared the match,
winning  the  30th and 32nd holes,  but Wie parred  the next to lead 1-up with
three  holes remaining.  After both players reached the putting surface on the
34th hole, Tseng two-putted for par. Wie, however, missed her par attempt from
three  feet  and the match was  all square. Pars  halved the 35th hole, and it
came down to the last. Reaching greenside bunkers in two, Wie played first and
left  her shot 35-feet  short of the hole, while Tseng blasted out to 12 feet.
Wie's attempt for birdie failed to connect, as she left her try short. Tseng's
try was true, as she defeated Wie 1-up. With her win, Tseng became the second-
youngest winner of this championship behind Wie at 15 years old.

REVIEW:  The  one thing you'll notice  when playing the Green Course at Golden
Horseshoe  is that every hole and every fairway is tree-lined, which makes for
a beautiful setting and a difficult golf course.

The opening hole is a solid, straightaway par four, the No. 5 handicap hole on
the course. A blast of over 220 yards is needed just to reach the fairway. The
key  is  to avoid the fairway  bunkers down the  right side, setting up just a
mid-iron  to  a very receptive  putting surface. The  green has two bunkers on
either  side and slopes  from back to front. Anything in play should result in

No.  2 is  another par four, this one  bending to the left. Your tee ball must
carry  a  ravine of sorts of  230 yards to reach  the edge of the fairway. The
landing  area  is fairly generous, but  anything right will be swallowed up in
sand and left, well, trees. Mounding down the right side of the fairway should
kick  slightly  offline shots  towards the short  grass. Another mid-iron will
suffice  to a very wide, but shallow green, fronted by a pair of traps. With a
successful drive, a birdie could be a distinct possibility.

Speaking  of  birdies, the third should  provide plenty of action, as the hole
only  measures 360  yards from the tips and the fairway is very accommodating.
Just  a fairway metal  or hybrid will set up a wedge to a very inviting green.
Take dead aim and give yourself a shot at three.

The  fourth is  another straightaway, par four of just 380 yards. Avoiding the
numerous fairway bunkers down the right side -- six, in fact -- should leave a
short iron to a slender green. Once again, the landing area is adequate enough
to  keep you out  of trouble, so play down the left and go for it. The putting
green  is guarded by  three bunkers -- two on the right -- so play left of the
hole for your best shot at birdie.

The  first par five  on the course, the fifth is generally considered a three-
shotter,  as  it is a  solid dogleg  right and plays  558 yards from the green
tees.  Bunkers and  mounding guard the entire left side of the fairway through
the  green and must be avoided at all costs. Your lay up shot should be placed
down  the right  side, as the myriad of  sand and mounds on the left is a hole
killer.  The  putting surface  is  open  in  the  front, but  numerous  traps,
including  a  three-fingered gem on  the right,  guard the green. Although the
second longest hole on the course, the fifth should allow plenty of birdies.

From  birdie to anything is possible, as you reach the rugged sixth. A massive
par  four  of 450  yards and the  No. 1 handicap  hole, this straightaway hole
demands  length  and accuracy off  the tee. Tree  and bunker-lined off the tee
puts  extra pressure  on your tee shot.  Even with a safe opener, you're still
left  with a long iron or hybrid and a difficult green to reach. Your approach
shot  must carry a ravine to a putting surface framed by trees and two bunkers
on either side. Making par on six could be the highlight of your round.

The  shortest par three on the course and the first, the seventh is a downhill
gem  that  crosses a deep  ravine to  a beautifully-framed green. Mounding and
deep  bunkers  dot the landscape,  especially on the  left side of the putting
surface.  Speaking  of the  green, it slopes  from back to  front and is quite
slick.  Any shot on the front edge or short will fall back down into sand or a
grass bunker. This is the first of four stellar par threes.

Another  forced  carry over a  ravine, the par-five  eighth is a solid, dogleg
right reaching 538 yards from the back tees. A successful drive down the right
side,  avoiding the trio  of traps, could set up a shot at going for the green
in  two. The difficulty lies in the fact that the green is pitched back and to
the  right  and is  tough to  reach, however a  nice fade  could do the trick.
Several  traps  on the  right  guard  the slightly-raised,  miniscule  putting
surface,  just 23 yards wide. The sensible play would be to lay up to the 100-
yard mark, especially since the fairway narrows as you get closer to the green
and  the half  dozen or so traps stand  watch. With a wedge in hand, birdie is
almost a certainty.

The  front nine closes with another downhill par three. This one is just under
200  yards long with  a smiling bunker sitting below the surface. The green is
one  of the  widest on the opening half  of the course with two pot bunkers on
either side. Long and right, not to mention short, is trouble, so choosing the
correct club off the tee is critical.

The  inward holes  begin with the easiest  hole on the course, a slight dogleg
left  par  four of just  352 yards.  If you call  tree-lined and tight with an
elevated green easy, then you're better than most. A fairway metal off the tee
will  set up the  best approach to the miniscule green. Just 27 yards deep and
29 paces wide. A back-right pin will bring a big bunker into play, but missing
left is no bargain either with grass bunkers and a pot trap.

One  of my favorite  holes on the course, the 11th is a sensational par three.
Playing downhill to the beautifully-framed green, this gem requires a mid-iron
to  a difficult putting  surface. The green is fronted by water and guarded in
the rear by four, deep pot bunkers. The amphitheater setting makes for quite a
show,  especially  in tournament play.  The putting surface, which slopes from
back  to front, is quite slick, so stay below the hole for your best chance at

Although  fairly long at  444 yards, the 12th is not as difficult as it looks.
Bending  slightly to the right, the fairway is quite generous with mounding on
either  side to  shoot your offline tee  ball towards the landing area. A mid-
iron  should  suffice to a very  undulating green. The putting surface is long
and  protected  by three  deep bunkers.  Despite it  being the fourth handicap
hole, par should be your worse score.

The  13th  is a  very well-defined,  straightaway par  four of average length.
Bunkers  down  the right side  and mounding down the  left frame the hole very
nicely.  Avoid  the cluster of  traps and  you'll have just  a short iron to a
well-guarded  and small green. The fronting bunker sits well below the putting
surface,  so err long if at all. A back-right flag is diabolical, so play left
of the pin and two-putt for par.

Many  obstacles arise when you reach the rugged 14th. Let's start off with the
length,  466 yards from  the tips. Next, bending to the left, the hole usually
plays into the wind. Finally, a large lake resides down the left side from 185
yards  out and  through the green. So,  even if you're successful off the tee,
you'll  still  be left with  a long  iron, into the  wind to a putting surface
guarded left by water and right and deep by sand. Mounding down the right side
of  the fairway  does help when bailing  out, but not enough to save your par.
This is one difficult hole.

Anyone  who  thinks they can  get home in  two on the par  five 15th must be a
little  off.  All I have to  say is, 616 yards  from the green blocks. A true,
dogleg right, this massive hole requires two solid shots just to set up a full
third  to the green.  Tree-lined on both sides, the fairway narrows as you get
closer  to the putting surface. A large, U-shaped trap guards the left side of
the  terraced green  and any shot slightly  deep can end up in a difficult pot
bunker.  Making par here  is an excellent score. Not quite as long as the 15th
on the Gold Course, but equally demanding.

The  par-four 16th  is a bit of a  breather as you head down the stretch. Just
under  400 yards,  this dogleg right is devoid of fairway bunkers. Instead, it
is  a  tree- and mound-lined  hole that necessitates  placement off the tee. A
short-iron  should be able to dissect the putting surface, which is flanked on
either side by a long, deep trap.

It's  not  often that a par  three is one of  the hardest holes on the course,
however  the 17th is  just that. The longest of the quartet at 220 yards, this
one-shotter requires a long-iron or hybrid to carry a ravine and a huge bunker
just  to  reach the green.  The putting  surface is one  of the largest on the
course  and features gentle  contours. This is no time to let your guard down.
Stay focused or you'll be making double-bogey.

Yet  another signature  hole on  the  Green Course,  the 18th  is a  straight-
shooting, uphill par five that leads to the clubhouse. From an elevated start,
your tee shot must carry 200 yards over water to reach the fairway. I will say
that the landing area is generous, with mounding on either side, just in case.
A big drive down the fairway can clear the plateau and leave a possible chance
at getting home in two. Just ask Camilo Villegas, who, during the NCAA Eastern
Regional,  reached the  green with a mid-iron after blasting his tee ball over
300  yards. Most  normal folks  will lay  up, as  the fairway  narrows as  you
approach  the  green. The elevated  putting surface is  guarded by a series of
traps that sit well below the hole. The green itself is as slick as any on the
course, and it runs from back to front. A great finishing hole.

OVERALL:  When  people talk about  the courses  in the Williamsburg area, most
designate  the Gold Course  at Golden Horseshoe as the pick of the litter. Not
to  be  overlooked, however,  is the  Green Course, a  great complement to its
sister layout.

The  Green features  its own  set of  outstanding par  threes, especially  the
sensational  11th, a great mix of short and long par fours and risk-reward par

When a course is chosen to host numerous standout events, including three USGA
championships,  in  just a short period  of time, it's obvious that the Golden
Horseshoe is doing something right.

Immaculate  conditions, a challenging layout, solid practice facility, a full-
service clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole and a courteous staff -- what else
could one ask for?

From  top to  bottom, the Green Course is rock-solid: water hazards, plenty of
bunkers (115 to be exact), a variety of undulating putting surfaces and plenty
of  history. With  four sets of tee  boxes, ranging from 5,348 to 7,120 yards,
the course is playable for all levels.

Although longer than the Gold, the Green Course offers more generous fairways,
but  despite the extra room, the Green does boast a rating of 75.1 and a slope
of 138.

The  lines and subtle  mounding of the course bring out the true definition of
the Green. "The quality of the course is its framing," commented designer Rees
Jones.  "The design elements tell the player what's expected without dictating
the shot the player must execute. This is a shot maker's golf course."

The amenities are many: a Gold Medal-winning resort, beautiful accommodations,
American  history at  its  best,  two great  courses  and,  according to  Golf
Magazine,  one of  the "best short nine-hole courses in the country (Spotswood

Let's  not forget  the Legend  of  the Golden  Horseshoe, the  1862 Battle  of
Williamsburg  and the 18th-century Bassett Hall plantation, which still serves
as the Rockefeller family residence in Williamsburg.

If  you're a  fan of traditional, tree-lined and challenging courses devoid of
housing  and  other development, then the  Green Course at Golden Horseshoe is
for you. It certainly is for me.