Green Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
|Red (W)||72||5348 yards||70.5||120|
|Green M: 73.6/138||429||404||360||380||558||450||188||538||196||3503||352||195||444||396||466||616||397||220||531||3617||7120|
|Blue M: 72.4/135||407||383||335||357||537||427||163||520||176||3305||332||173||426||373||441||575||379||206||512||3417||6722|
|White M: 70.7/129 W: 71.0/130||382||334||305||328||502||402||134||503||153||3043||307||153||399||345||412||553||345||199||488||3201||6244|
|Combo M: 67.8/127||337||262||305||328||422||316||134||399||153||2656||307||153||369||345||370||473||345||141||434||2937||5593|
|Red W: 70.5/120||337||262||281||295||422||316||107||399||114||2533||283||105||369||323||370||473||317||141||434||2815||5348|
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Tee box view of the Par 5, #8 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316
#8 green from fairway about 150 out Photo submitted by Bombtech6316
Tee box view of Par 3, #11 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316
Tee box view of Par 5, #18 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316
The best par-3 on the Green course, and perhaps the most beautiful hole on the course Photo submitted by Back9Ben
Even with the recent weather the conditions were quite acceptable. Nice layout with plenty of risk vs reward . Would definitely play again
This is a great course and I enjoy playing here! But, the wet winter months have made some fairways fairly poor. A few dry and warm days will bring out a little more green, per the name!
A few bunkers were almost hardpan, with very little sand.
Delightful to be on the course with no intrusions from the built-up world.
A Good Course In Need Of A Better Layout
*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 7/23/18*
The Green Course at Golden Horseshoe is a course full of contrast. Its sister course, the Gold course is still recovering from a horrific 2018 weather season that didn’t allow the new greens to take hold. As such, you’re much better off spending less to play the Green course, but only in some regards.
The layout of the Green couldn’t be much more different than the Gold if it tried, and as I complained about in my initial review last year, the repetitiveness of the holes is perplexing for having such a big name (Rees Jones) behind the design. The stadium-style layout has its benefits for ease of play but seemingly renders each hole with the same feel and shape as the last. The shortness of the course (relative to the difficulty posted on the scorecard) is also a bit jarring and found the need for driver on MAYBE half the holes and I’m not a particularly long hitter.
The service at Golden Horseshoe is consistently excellent and makes you feel you are at a very premium course no matter which one you play. From the cart assistants and starter to the marshalls and pro shop staff, everyone greets you with a smile and helpful information. The on-course snack shop was even open during my round in mid-March a stunning but welcome surprise.
The conditions at the Green course are better than the Gold but not by much. The greens are still pretty bumpy from the last time they were punched and the dormant Bermuda fairways have a lot of other grass starting to creep in. Perhaps once the season is underway it will all flush out and not be an issue. The bunkers were groomed nicely and the rough is thankfully not as thick as it is in the summer.
Overall, this remains a very good value and great if service and facilities are your priority. For those looking for a killer layout, I’d recommend the Club at Viniterra or Colonial Heritage instead.
Course is in good shape considering all the rain we had in Va. Can’t wait to play again this spring when things are in full bloom. Friendly staff
Gold Horseshoe Green course
Only negative was the soggy conditions but out of courses control. Greens in phenomenal shape for this time of the year. We had a blast! Can’t wait to come back when it’s warmer and drier
A little overrated.
I was expecting to be blown away by this course, however, after only a few holes you could tell that it was not that special. Fairways dried out, greens were very bumpy, mind you due mostly from people that can't pick their feet up and can't bend over to fix ball marks. Great Rees Jones layout, just a little over priced for what you get. Other local courses are in much better shape for less money.
Terrific course super conditions “must play”
First time playing The Green Course at Golden Horseshoe. What a fabulous day! Course “feels tight” off the tee but in essence there is plenty of room out there. Nice Bent Grass greens rolled true and fast. The staff was super friendly and helpful. We got a great deal to play this course on Military Tee Times but we would have been satisfied even if we paid a little more.
This is a “must play course” on your list for Williamsburg golf.
Played the day after 2" of rain. Course was very wet, but payable. Greens were just aerated, but still had nice pace to them. you could tell that the greens were nice, smooth and fast before aeration. I liked the layout, all the holes were framed nicely, and they had nice flow to them. Rough was long and tough. Staff was extremely helpful in getting be out when 2 people in my group couldn't play.
In drier conditions this would be an excellent course to play.
Another Williamsburg Value
Green Course at Golden Horseshoe is a great value. The staff was very professional from bag drop, to check in, to the starter, to the finish with the staff cleaning your clubs while you finish 18.
There is a complete practice area with grass driving range, large practice putting green and small bunker practice area.
The course conditions were just short of excellent due to some invasive grass growing in many spots on every Bent grass green they have. It has been very wet and hot in the Williamsburg area lately so the Bermuda rough was long. The fairways were manicured and rolled out well. The bunkers were edged and the sand was a little thin but even throughout the course. The greens held approach shots due to being soft from the rain but they rolled true if you didn't have a clump of invasive "Goose Grass" in your line.
Pace of play was just over 4 hours for our foursome. They had a full tee sheet for the day so I was very happy with pace. There was a beverage cart out that was fully stocked.
I recommend this course if you are in the area and looking for an all around experience for your golf dollars.
Great staff, tough roughs
Roughs will cause problems for you, they are very difficult to get out of. Greens were fair, rolled well.
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall, was a good experience and I’d recommend this course.
We played in wet conditions so the course played long. I do not like courses which have big differences in the distance from one 9 to the next. Par on both sides was 36 yet the distance from the white tees was 150 greater on back vs. front and about 250 yards longer for the silver and gold tees. I played white front and silver back to come closer to equalizing the distance between front and back 9's. The course for the women is quite long compared to other course in the area - especially the back 9.
A Solid Alternative To Its Expensive Sister
The Green course at Golden Horseshoe offers public golfers an exceptional experience for a fraction of the cost of its more well-known sister, the Gold. With the same outstanding staff, course conditions, and practice facilities, the Green is a great choice for those who put a premium on value, just don’t expect to be wowed by the course itself.
Golden Horseshoe carries a level of prestige probably higher than any public course in Virginia. With that prestige comes a world-class experience from the time you arrive until you drive away. The best thing about the Green course is you get the same experience as you do spending upwards of $100 more for the Gold. You enjoy the same friendly and professional staff, premiere facilities and practice areas, and course conditions that are the best in Williamsburg.
Despite the persistent wet weather, the cart-path-only conditions were far better than you’d find anywhere else. Groomed bunkers with no standing water was the most surprising thing I saw all day (and that includes the 12 feet of backspin my 80-yard wedge shot produced). Some of the fairways were a bit soupy but I never encountered a single mudball. The greens rolled very true and were plenty quick if understandably soft.
What still makes playing the much more expensive Gold course an option is the rather mundane layout of the Green course. Yes, it’s a Rees Jones course and there certainly is care and craft put into the design but there also a level of repetitiveness that goes along with it. By the fifth hole you find yourself saying “Ok, I get it, it’s going to be pretty wide off the tee with mounds on one or both sides to kick my wayward tee shot towards the fairway, got it!” Of course, the benefits the “stadium-style” mounding offers is also its undoing. If your shot doesn’t kick back onto the fairway you’re often left with an awkward lie, and awkward stance, or both and the rough is pretty thick. And while the greens are decently quick, there’s very little tiering or undulation in them, making them seem a bit boring to me (but still a challenge to read properly).
The other aspect of the layout that caught me off guard were the tees/course ratings. I typically play from the second-to-farthest tees which almost always puts me on a tee with a course rating between 70 and 72. Those tees here (blue) had a rating of 73 despite measuring only 6700 yards. So I played up (white) with a course rating of 70.8 but with it playing just 6200 yards I found myself hitting a lot of wedges on second shots. One caveat to this: Even with good tee shots, I had no chance to make the green in two on any of the par-5s.
I am a value golfer at heart, so the $39 I paid for a weekday afternoon tee time at a course as prestigious as this is not something I consider lightly. It is an outstanding value for the conditions and experience alone. But premiere courses like GH are also about the course itself and I couldn’t help but find the Green lacking in that department. If you are on a budget, you won’t be displeased playing here at all. But I do think if I were to come back, it would be with a bit more cash to play the Gold. Only then will the Green’s value truly be know.
Golden Horseshoe Green Course
Excellent value for the price. Challenging. Course in amazing condition. 4.50 hour round. Limited to cart paths only due to heavy rainfall most of the week and previous evening. However pace of play was very good. Staff attentive and friendly. Reasonable prices in pro shop and restaurant. Definitely would play again.
What a value
Challenging and picturesque. Beautiful natural setting. Terrific value.
Beautiful golf course
Great gc we played at 5:00 and had the cc to ourselves. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Course was in great shape
Course was good...staff was friendly
First time on the course. Winter conditions but course was presentable and playable. Greens had tons of poa annua but rolled fast....a little bumpy. Pace of play was perfect as no one came up on us and we only saw the group in front of us once on #6. Pleasant all around.
My dad and 12 yr old son played in the cart, I walked most of the course until I couldn't...hilly and long walks between holes added up to exhaustion.
The staff was extremely friendly.
Very Playable Course
As a Senior Citizen who has played over 900 different courses, I found that from the Silver Tees this course to be probably the most enjoyable & player friendly course I have played in my recent memory
Golden Horseshoe Green Course
I was in the Virginia Willamsburg area. The staff at Kings Creek Plantation where I stayed suggested I play at the Golden Horshoe Green course. The fairways where a little rough due to I guess lack of rain and not watered down enough. The bunkers were in great shape and so were the greens. A little slow for my liking. Because I love fast greens. The course is challenging because of sloping and rolling greens. The fairways are very hilly. Some holes are very tight. The Course is worth 45 dollars but not no more than that in my opinion. The down side is that quite of few holes where cart paths only. 1 of them is the last hole on the 18. Which is a long par 4 if play from the tips. The Course is very long from the tips. Definitely a must play in the Williamsburg Va area. Many famous people and presidents played there. Example Obama the Kennedy's exc.
A step below Gold but a nice addition
Golden Horseshoe kept it in the Jones family when they added onto the famous Gold Course with the Rees Jones-designed Green. It's a totally different experience here, and while the courses border each other, the clubhouses are about a mile or so away. The Gold feels a little more like a resort course being so close to the Colonial Williamsburg lodging, while this semi-private facility feels a little more member driven.
The Green has its moments with some tricky par 3s and a great par-5 finisher. An Audubon Sanctuary course, virtually every hole is surrounded by dense canopy, providing a sense of solitude. It is a little more player-friendly than Gold, with mounding generally running alongside the fairways, but certainly of championship quality.
I would either play this course before the Gold, or play Gold twice. Playing it after the Gold, one of my favorites of the year, left me wanting a little more.