Top Golf Courses. A Dozen Options.
Fast becoming one of the nation’s top golf destinations, Williamsburg, Virginia, boasts more than a dozen courses designed by some of the most notable architects, including Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, John LeFoy and Nicklaus Design Associates. Noted for their scenic woodlands, rolling hills and challenging holes, these courses are recognized as some of the most playable in the country. We invite you to test your skill on courses that have challenged the champions of the PGA TOUR, LPGA and USGA.
Choose from Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Kingsmill Resort, Kiskiack Golf Club and Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse. Wherever you play, you’ll find that birds fill the galleries, and it’s often quiet enough to hear your putt drop. In fact, several of the courses are Audubon-certified sanctuaries. Scroll down to see all of your golf options, and read this trip idea for some of our favorites.
The most picturesque golf course at Ford’s Colony presents many challenges to golfers of all abilities with water coming into play on 13 holes, a total of 9 doglegs and bunkers guarding every green. There are many elevations changes and the prevailing winds are usually howling, making this course play a lot longer than the 6,621 yards stated on the scorecard.
The best example of Blackheath’s beauty can be found when standing on the 12th tee. You are looking straight down to the green and must carry water the entire way. If you turn to your left, you will look down the 16th fairway and an intimidating tee shot that you will have to hit later in your round.
The eighteenth hole, a short par 4 with an island green best describes the challenges found on the Blackheath golf course. Water protects the entire left side of this hole, forcing you to hit an accurate shot to the fairway. Your approach shot is the most intimidating shot at Ford’s Colony, because you are hitting to an undulating green that is completely surrounded by water. Par is a great finish on Blackheath.
The Blue Heron course opened with its current configuration in 1999. It is a continuous eighteen that has long challenging par 3’s and par 5’s. The Blue Heron has large generous fairways carved out of dense wetlands. The course has new Champion Bermuda greens which provide the smoothest surfaces throughout the year. The Blue heron is the longest of the three courses and also contains many different species of birds, fish and other wildlife.
A favorite to Ford’s Colony members, this continuous 18 consists of long and challenging par 3’s, fair and forthright par 4’s and intimidating par 5’s. Blue Heron provides some room for error off of the tee, but makes up for it by having 17 out of 18 greens guarded by bunkers. Many of these holes are carved out of dense wetlands, which provide not only a unique golf course setting, but a home to many different species of birds, fish and other aquatic life.
The fourth hole is a good example of the course’s challenges. An accurate tee shot is a must, because the wetlands border the entire left side of this par 5 and there is a fairway bunker on the right. You must play your second shot over a long water hazard, to a narrow landing area that is guarded by bunkers. Your approach shot is to a green that is severely sloped from right to left and back to front. A front right hole location is almost impossible to get to. A par on this hole is a good score any day of the week.
The Marsh Hawk course opened in 1985 with traditional tree lined fairways. It has small undulating greens with strategically placed bunkers. The narrow fairways, well placed bunkers, natural lakes, and elevation changes are the defenses of this course.
Marsh Hawk was the host of the 1998 and 1999 Virginia State Opens, Monday qualifying for the 2005 – 2007 Henrico County Open and a Monday Qualifier for the PGA Tour’s Michelob Championship for 12 straight years.The Marsh Hawk golf course was an instant classic when it opened in 1985.
The traditional tree-lined fairways, undulating greens and the best finishing holes around, create a complete journey through the property. A par 72, measuring 6,650 yards from the back tees, Marsh Hawk’s greatest defense are narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The real beauty of this golf course lies within the contour of the holes around natural lakes and elevation changes that can delude your depth perception.
Opened in 1963 and the work of Robert Trent Jones Sr., who called it his “finest design,” this is one of the best examples of traditional golf course architecture in the world.
Designed by Rees Jones, Jones Sr.’s son, and opened in 1991, this layout is carved from the same terrain but is simultaneously longer and more forgiving.
Set along the ridge of a natural bluff, Kiskiack offers a day of golf for players of all levels. As our award winning architect John LaFoy said “after playing Kiskiack, 18 golfers may each have a different favorite hole.” Many of the picturesque holes demand accurate shot making from tee to green, while others are more forgiving – with ample landing areas and gentle sloping greens.
The front nine lets you relax as the course winds through mature hardwoods and over natural, rolling hills before a challenging uphill finish along one of the two lakes that come into play throughout the round.
On the back nine, you are challenged by the signature 11th hole. This par-3 requires accuracy to negotiate a green surrounded by water on three sides and well protected by bunkers
The Club at Viniterra is an 18-hole championship course designed by Rees Jones, located 20 miles east of downtown Richmond in New Kent. The golf course is adjacent to the attractive New Kent Winery and is the centerpiece of the unique and upscale Viniterra residential community.
The golf course routing incorporates a variety of diverse, natural features, including frequent and dramatic elevation changes. The course, capable of measuring anywhere from 5,200 – 7,725 yards is designed with infinite flexibility. Multiple tee angles, combined with the thoughtful and strategic location of a variety of grass, sand and water hazards, assure an enjoyable experience for all skill levels..
Everybody loves Brickshire. You will too. The popularity of this Curtis Strange signature course is easily explained in two words: “player friendly.” Discover wide, inviting fairways, artfully sculpted, true-rolling greens, and dramatic elevation changes. Golf Digest readers recently honored The Golf Club at Brickshire with a four and a half star rating. Golf Styles named Brickshire one of the mid-Atlantic’s “Must Play” courses.
U. S. Open Champion Curtis Strange teamed up with renowned architect Tom Clark to create a unique golfing experience by replicating some of his favorite holes from around the world: St. Andrews, Augusta National, Pinehurst #2, and Riviera CC. You’ll never forget our 15th hole, a wickedly picturesque par 3 that is infamous in the area. Finish in style on our panoramic 18th hole, a dramatic par 5 that was named one of the best finishing holes in the mid-Atlantic.
The Golf Club at Brickshire provides a fair test for golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees. Yardages extend from 5151 to a strenuous 7291, putting every part of your game to the test. With uphill and downhill shots, uneven lies, wetlands, and water, no two holes are even remotely alike.
Pin placements are Burgundy front, White middle, and Gold back.
Course distances are well marked: 100, 150, and 200 yard monuments; 150 yard posts; sprinkler head markings; and cart path markers.
Fairways are wide and generally forgiving. Several fairways have a decided tilt, so the black and white aiming posts should be well heeded.
Architect Tom Clark laid out four sensational emulation holes, along with 14 originals with the help of Curtis Strange. The fast, well-tended greens make The Golf Club at Brickshire a top rate golfing experience.
Located between Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia, Royal New Kent is set upon the low hills between Diascund Creek and the Chickahominy River. In 1997, Royal New Kent opened to outstanding reviews and was named “Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation” by GolfDigest and No. 23 on Golf Magazines’s Top 100 you can play. In 1999, Royal New Kent was named one of “America’s Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. In 2001, Golf Digest ranked Royal New Kent among the top three courses in Virginia, and in 2002 Royal New Kent was awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. Equal to the standards set by the course, Royal New Kent has first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining and meeting rooms, practice facilities, and a pro shop.
Flowing across 7,372 yards of a windswept, rugged landscape, Royal New Kent has been called “the truest representation of an Irish links in America.” Royal New Kent is reminiscent of the Irish Landscape where links courses such as Royal County Down and Ballybunion were built. Greens hide behind sharp, grassy knolls, hand stacked rock walls and tall fescue grasses. The generous, countoured fairways occasionally demand blind shots. The par 72 design features over 120 bunkers, many are deep shadow bunkers lined with fescue grass. The enormous, fast greens have bold swales and ridges. Each hole offers several playing options.
Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named “Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation” and one of the “Top New Ten You Can Play” by golf Magazine. The tradition of accolades and awards continues. In 2001, Gold Digest ranked Stonehouse among the top 6 courses in Virginia.
Stonehouse is also on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” and Golf & Travel’s list of “100 Best Modern Courses”. In 2002, Stonehouse was awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. And, as you would expect from one of the best courses in the country, Stonehouse has first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining area, practice facilities, and a pro shop.
Designed by the legendary Mike Strantz, Stonehouse winds over 6,962 yards of steep forested hills, wide plateaus, and abrupt ravines. Against this tumultuous backdrop, the danger of deep bunkers and long carries is balanced by the relative safety of broad fairways and enormous putting greens.
The early settlers called this land paradise. Jack Nicklaus’ team of designers made it Williamsburg National. In addition to being named one of the top 10 courses in Virginia, Golf Digest subscribers gave the course a 3 1/2 Star rating, with such comments as: well maintained… super round of golf… good shape… good design… good value… excellent greens.Williamsburg National is a challenge worthy of any golfer. From fairways lined with stately maples, cedars, and oaks to the raw beauty of the coastal woods, the meticulously maintained course will take you through a changing landscape of challenge.
The settlers to Williamsburg’s Historic Triangle found great beauty and faced noble challenges in nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. Designed by renowned architect Tom Clark, the Yorktown is a 7,000 yard championship course. When asked to comment on the design, Tom Clark said, “it is a course of traditional design and with no gimmicks”. However two of the last three holes measure over 600 yards.
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