Williamsburg, VA is a playground for golf aficionados. And if you have yet to fall in love with the sport, the city will make you. Home to some of the best golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn under the tutelage of pros, perfect your swing, and even win a game or two.
Ready to pick your home base? We listed the best golf courses in and around Williamsburg, VA below for you.
The undisputed king of golf clubs in Williamsburg, Golden Horseshoe by Colonial Williamsburg Resorts is known to be among the top 100 public golf courses in the country. And you bet that there are several reasons why.
For starters, Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is home to three stunning golf courses. The 18-hole Gold course, which was recently renovated by Rees Jones, was designed by the master himself, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It has all the works, from bunkers to water hazards.
Rees Jones also designed his own golf course at Golden Horseshoe: the 18-hole Green course. It was opened in 1991 and takes inspiration from his father’s design sensibilities. It’s a classic parkland course that’s beginner-friendly although just a little longer than the Gold course.
Golden Horseshoe’s third course is the Spotswood, an exciting 9-hole, par-31 course also designed by the senior Jones. Quick and fun, it’s a great course for players of all skill levels, with just the right amount of challenges.
Kingsmill, one of Williamsburg’s fine neighborhoods, is also home to two excellent 18-hole golf courses, one of which takes you by the waterfront and the other deeper into local history. If that’s not a unique golfing experience, we don’t know what is.
The Riverfront course was designed by golf course architect Peter Dye and has hosted many golf superstars since it was opened. Although scenic with its riverfront location, you’ll encounter several challenges here. This is a great course to try if you feel like you’ve leveled up in skill.
The second course, Plantation, is a 6,432-yard, par-72 course designed by Arnold Palmer with Ed Seay. It’s no less challenging than Riverfront with its water features and ravines. While you wait for your turn, you can admire the historic remains of the 1736 plantation.
If you’re a Full Golf or National Golf member, you’ll have access to a third golf course: Wood. This exclusive parkland-style course was designed by Tom Clark and is recognized as one of the best golf courses in Virginia.
At Williamsburg National Golf Club, two distinct golf experiences await you courtesy of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Clark. The best part is both are open to the public, but if you want added perks to enjoy, sign up for a club membership. Now, on to the courses…
Jack Nicklaus designed an 18-hole championship golf course named after the historic site that inspired it: Jamestown. Don’t be afraid of this par-72 and nearly 7,000-yard golf course— it’s beginner-friendly and offers just enough challenges to excite more advanced players.
The next course is the Yorktown course, where you’re sure to test your mettle. Classic but with a few modern twists, the course features surfaces different from the Jamestown course, with the back nine offering some of the most exciting plays at Williamsburg National Golf Club.
One of the ideal places to skill up, Colonial Heritage Golf Club offers lots of support to beginners and even more skilled players. If you’re not yet ready for the course, spend some time at the practice facility, which comes complete with a bunker and chipping greens. You can also sign up for golf lessons with Colonial Heritage Golf Club’s Certified PGA golf instructors.
From the practice facility, move on to the 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills. Covering 175 acres and 6,889 yards, the course has everything: water features, bunkers, and fairways that blend well with the natural topography.
After your game, you’re welcome to relax at the Clubhouse. You can sit for post-golf cocktails at the veranda with your buddies and have a spot of lunch or dinner care of Colonial Heritage Golf Club’s in-house chef and their team. If you’re more of a quick-bites kind of person, there’s a snack bar which is reputed to have the best sandwich in all of Williamsburg.
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