The club that is part of the Colonial Williamsburg destination includes a Gold Course originally designed in 1963 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., that was reopened this year after a complete renovation by his son, Rees Jones. In other management-firm appointments, Landscapes Management Co. will now manage Briggs Ranch GC in San Antonio, Texas, and Hunter’s Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., has renewed its relationship with OB Sports Golf Management.
KemperSports has been selected to manage Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in historic Williamsburg, Va. As part of the Colonial Williamsburg destination, the golf offerings at Golden Horseshoe are comprised of the award-winning Gold Course, the Green Course and the nine-hole Spotswood short course.
The Gold Course, originally designed in 1963 by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., reopened July 1 following a complete renovation by Jones’ son, Rees Jones. The restoration included new greens, fairways, rough and bunkers.
The Gold Course now features new Bermuda turf on the fairways, surrounding rough, and greens. The bunkers were rebuilt to improve the drainage, look and playability.
Other upgrades included the addition of nine forward tees, re-leveling all remaining tees, reconstruction of four green complexes (Nos. 2, 6, 12 and 18), and resurfacing of all remaining greens. The practice putting green was substantially expanded and the practice range added a new short-game “target greens” practice area.
Golden Horseshoe GC also includes the Green Course, a 1991 Rees Jones-design carved from the same rolling terrain as the Gold Course, offering a strong option for avid golfers and members with wider fairways, larger and more undulated greens, and more length on the par-72, 7,120-yard modern layout.
The venue’s golf offerings are rounded out by the nine-hole, par-31, Spotswood Course. Built in 1949 as the original course alongside The Williamsburg Inn, the Spotswood Course received a 1964 renovation by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course is meant to be played twice from each set of tees for an 18-hole routing. Named after colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood, the course is considered by GOLF Magazine as the “best short 9-hole course in the country.”
“The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is excited about partnering with KemperSports to bring new and larger audiences to enjoy the great golf experience at The Golden Horseshoe, while maintaining our traditional commitment to an outstanding personalized guest experience,” said Colonial Williamsburg President & CEO Mitchell B. Reiss.
“Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is one of the finest golf facilities in the region with a great history,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “Already ranked in the top 100, we look forward to working with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to reintroduce the famed Gold Course to the golf world and continue enhancing the experience for members and guests.”
In other management-firm appointments, Briggs Ranch Golf Club, a private destination property located 15 miles west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, has signed Landscapes Management Co. to a five-year contract to manage the club on a comprehensive basis.
Briggs Ranch GC features a nationally ranked Tom Fazio-designed course, a world-class 18-acre practice facility, and a full-service clubhouse.
Hunter’s Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., will once again be managed by OB Sports Golf Management. OB Sports, which had previously been involved with the management of Hunter’s Creek from 2008 to 2014, will now oversee all golf and restaurant operations for the popular public facility.
“We look forward to having another successful partnership with Hunter’s Creek Golf Club,” said Phil Green, Chief Operating Officer of OB Sports. “Hunters Creek has proven to be the home of a very active and loyal player base, and our priority is to provide them with an outstanding experience every time out.”
Located minutes from Walt Disney World Resort and the Orlando International Airport, Hunter’s Creek Golf Club features a Lloyd Clifton-designed course that stretches to 7,268 yards from the back tees, and is highlighted by strategically placed bunkering, expansive TifEagle greens, and meandering fairways that run seamlessly around thirteen shimmering lakes.