Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Colonial Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe Spotswood Golf Course Turns 50
Once called the “best short nine-hole course in the country” by Golf Magazine, the par-31 Spotswood Course measures 1,865 yards with one 480-yard par 5, par 4s of 285 and 305 yards, and six par-3 holes that vary from 90 to 215 yards.
Frequently serving as a warm-up for resort guests preparing to play the Gold and Green Courses, the Spotswood layout enjoys its own enthusiastic and loyal following among Golden Horseshoe Golf Club members, who often use the two sets of tees to play an 18-hole round.
According to legend, Gov. Spotswood organized his daring expedition to explore the far reaches of the Virginia colony. Aware of the frontier’s economic potential and bent on encouraging westward settlement, he led a party of 63 men on an arduous journey across Virginia’s rocky Piedmont and Blue Ridge terrain. The trek took a high toll on men and horses requiring great quantities of replacement horseshoes. Upon their return, the governor presented each companion with a Golden Horseshoe, some reportedly studded with valuable stones resembling the nail heads.
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 test. Revenue from golf play on the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s three public courses supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, keeping this vital piece of American history alive and thriving.
For golf tee times call 800-648-6653. For reservations or package information at an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel, call 855-296-6627 or visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.