Golden Horseshoe Gold Course to close for renovation in May

The Virginia Gazette

WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg's Golden Horseshoe Gold Course announced Monday it will close in May to undergo a renovation of all grasses and bunkers and will remain closed until spring 2017.

According to a Colonial Williamsburg release, the revamped Gold Course will feature improved varieties of turf grass on the greens, fairways and surrounding rough. The bunkers will be rebuilt using new drainage techniques and new varieties of sand, and the practice facilities will be expanded. The renovation will not be a re-design, although elevations on the greens on holes 2, 6, 12 and 18 will be altered.

Colonial Williamsburg also recently forged a partnership with ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance for maintenance of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club grounds.

"We are very impressed with Colonial Williamsburg's strong commitment to excellent golf courses, world-class playing conditions and maintaining its position as a preferred destination for East Coast resort golf," ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance Vice President John Crowder said in the release. "We're excited to join the Golden Horseshoe team."

The Gold Course opened in 1963 and was designed by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Golden Horseshoe has hosted multiple USGA championships in addition to the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, which was played on the Gold Course.

The Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, along with Robert Trent Jones' nine-hole executive Spotswood Course, will remain open.

A contractor has not yet been selected to perform the renovation. Rees Jones Inc. Golf Course Design will serve as project architect and advisors during the selection process and renovation.

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