A view of the 18th green surrounded by water from the Blackheath Course at Ford's Colony at Williamsburg
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4.4
255 Reviews (255)
5 Stars
126
4 Stars
99
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
95.1%
Recommend this course
238 out of 255 reviews
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4.3
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
3.9
82.4%
Recommend this course
14 out of 17 reviews
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4.5
58 Reviews (58)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
94.8%
Recommend this course
55 out of 58 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6632 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.0
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Ford's Colony Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dan Maples (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "The Golf Academy at Ford's Colony Country Club"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire is required. No blue jeans, cut-offs, tee shirts or tank tops.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
255 Reviews (255)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 8
Bunkers 6
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7
Convenient to the City 6
Near Local Attractions 6

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Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointing Day

I will start by saying that the Blue Heron course was in outstanding condition and looked fantastic, as evidenced by the attached photo of hole #17. Unfortunately, that is where my positivity will end.

Things started badly when I checked in. The Director of Golf Operations (DGO) met me at the counter. I explained that I had reserved my time through GolfNow but was staying at the resort. The DGO proceeded to tell me that I made a mistake and was stuck with the Higher GolfNow rate ($80) than the much lower rate I could have gotten as a guest. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED HERE OR ANYWHERE ELSE THAT I RECALL. Just yesterday, at Royal New Kent, I ended up paying $15 less than the GolfNow rate. I will deem that horrible customer service and unforgivable.

The starter was nice and got us off on time at 7:40 am. But, the course immediately backed up. Pace was slow from the get go. When my playing partner called the clubhouse, and presumably talked to the DGO, he was told the marshals do not start until 9:00 am. Seriously? We never saw one until close to 10:00, when were on the #8 tee box after 2 hours and 15 mins. That is horrific pace that early in the day. As the round progressed, pace did not improve. I deem the marshal, while friendly, ineffective.

The “cart girl” did not arrive on the scene until we were on the back 9. She was also friendly, but the delay was not good.

The round ended up taking 4 hours and 45 mins, and, again, we went off at 7:40 am. If the lead groups cannot do better than that, they should not be the lead groups.

In the end, I remain a fan of the Ford’s Colony Resort, to include the golf courses, but this was a disappointing day. Staff friendliness would have been better than 3 if not for the 0 I assigned to the DGO.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Day

This course as well as the whole experience was on the money. Felt like I was playing in a video game. Very challenging and made me hit shots most tracks don’t think about. Keep it Up....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Wonderful! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course. We look forward to seeing you at the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Staff

Golf shop personal kind of snobby! Everyone else was great!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Outstanding! Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great grass; likable track

Lush fairways and friendly design make this a satisfying course. Greens were slow...but firm and not crazy hilly. Birdies available!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/16/2020

Hi George. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will make sure to inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course!

Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great place to play.

Played Blackheath 18 and really had a lot of fun playing. Great course layout. Every hole a little different than the last. Conditions were very good. Starter was awesome but the rest of the staff here is a bit arrogant. Seems like they just don’t need you there unless you’re a member. Golfnow screwed up tee times twice for us but it turned out just fine. Not their fault. One of the nicest courses in the Williamsburg area for sure. I’d play here every time I’m in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/07/2020

Excellent! Thank you so much for the great review. We're glad you had an incredible time and we appreciate your feedback on our staff. We will make sure to use your review to help us improve moving forward. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 04/30/2020

Fantastic! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course. We look forward to seeing you at the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Looking good!

Played Marsh Hawk. Great service here as always. Course is looking great and there is always great scenery with the beautiful houses that surround the course but aren’t too close to make you uncomfortable. Greens are rolling great. The greens were a touch too firm and a couple of good shots were not rewarded as they did not hold the green. Will be back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/30/2020

Excellent! Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Blue Heron is tough!

Really liked the layout of the Blue Heron course, but man was it a challenge!! The greens are super tight and lightning fast. Some really challenging shots over water and then fairways in many spots.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/13/2020

Wonderful! Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 69
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 03/20/2020

Awesome! We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First timer

Fairways rock hard. No green grass at all. Greens were ok !

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 03/18/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/12/2020

Awesome! We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 45
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

A bit of a disappointment!

First of all, this is the only course anywhere around here that requires you to drop off your bag instead of driving the cart to your car. And then of course you're expected to tip even if you don't need assistance! Not to mention that one of the Bag Boys (the older one) was rude as we were leaving! Just not nearly as enjoyable as the last two times we were there!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/04/2020

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We apologize that you didn't enjoy your time with us. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Winter wonder

Played the Black Heath on a beautiful winter's day. The 18th is my favorite hole in Williamsburg. For the date, the course is in great shape, dormant, but solid.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/24/2020

Excellent! Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/16/2020

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fun course

Played 18 on the blue heron it was pretty good but not as nice as the back nine of Marsh hawk

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/27/2020

Great! Thank you for visiting us at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 03/10/2020

Excellent! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course. We look forward to seeing you at the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Bonus weather day in December

The Average ratings are only due to dormant winter grass in December, it was fortunate to have a sunny 75 degree day in December! Jackpot baby

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/02/2020

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 45
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

ok, but much better in the spring and summer!

I don't understand why they took the Tee Box markers off the course, but it was kind of annoying trying to figure out where I was supposed to tee off from! Also, a lot of the yardage markers were missing the actual yardage and that was frustrating because my phone died using the golf GPS system. Plus, this is an older course so the golf carts don't have charging portals. I guess compared to the last time we played there things have definitely gone downhill!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/30/2019

Awesome! We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

After overnight rain the course had standing water on the fairways. Still very playable..... hands down the best greens around, rolling fast and true. Cant wait to play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/27/2019

Great! Thank you for visiting us at Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Day

A nice day in November at Ford’s Colony Blackheath. Bermuda grass is going dormant but everything is in great shape. The maintenance staff is doing a great job keeping the fall leaves out of the fairways! Thanks Ford’s Colony for offering great value to your GolfNow customers! My friends and I will be back soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/27/2019

Fantastic! Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course.

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