Gold at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, The

4.7619000000 4.8 stars from 5 (17)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6817 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6817 yards 73.6 138
Blue 71 6522 yards 72.4 135
White 71 6248 yards 70.7 129
Red 71 5168 yards 70.6 127

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 17 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

16 out of 17 reviews


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5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent course from tee to green."


Vincent7642267's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall course in very good condition. Greens recently aerated but rolled fine. Tee boxes and fairways in great shape for winter weather. Bunkers challenging with white sand. Took 4.5 hours for 18 holes. Will be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


errol157's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular. Awesome golf course. Great job on the reopening of the course.. greens were great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"a williamsburg classic"


jonnybear77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

all ratings save pace of play would be 5 stars if it wasnt december. nice to have a 65 degree day, but the great twilight rate and the weather stacked it up a bit. however, starters and marshals enforced the pace so it was a long but still enjoyable round! would recommend


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Classic course with new greens and bunkers."


ddwolford's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has some of the best par 3's you Will find anywhere. The greens were running about 11 and in great shape. Hope to get another chance to play when grass is not dormant.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


Diek1979's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very scenic course. The par threes are surrounded by water and definitely require your "A" game. Greens were well manicured and rolled pretty true. The staff at the course were friendly and very accommodating. Will definitely plan another trip .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very fast greens."


sirgeoffrey's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Heavy rain in the previous days meant cart path only, but the course conditions were good.Greens were fast. More directions between the greens and the next tee box would have been helpfully. If I come back I will probably try the course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Amazing facility , right in the heart of Williamsburg"


Deborah2045907's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course , friendly and professional staff .

Not for duffers , they are serious about pace of play , to our delight :)

Course has many beautiful holes, our favorite of course was 16 .

Choose your level of challenge , there are plenty but make sure you choose one you will enjoy .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must play"


pcarescheduling's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The tee boxes were manicured. The fairways were lush and the rough was uniformed in length and semi high. The way the course was designed, each hole with tall pines of similar heights combined with the distinct green shade difference of the rough and fairway add to that, the bright sand of the bunkers. No wonder this course gets compared to Augusta. The only difference I can tell between this and Augusta was that instead of the mulch they use around the trees, Golden horseshoe uses pine needles. Greens were fast but not so steeply undulated. The layout was challenging but it was very fair. Its not everyday I pay over a hundred for a round of golf but this place was surely worth the price. I was paired up with a pleasant couple who made my experience more enjoyable. The pace was slow but that's to be expected since the place was packed because it was a perfect weather Sunday. The staff also let me have my wife ride a long for free. The pro shop was surprisingly sparse. I would have liked to buy more souvenirs to help reminisce about how great a course this was. Overall a must play if you are in the colonial Williamsburg area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Vintage RTJ Sr. on a fabulous piece of land"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The "A" word gets thrown around a little bit at Golden Horseshoe. Yes, there is a wee hint of Augusta inspiration on this gorgeous piece of rolling land with shady fairways framed by pine trees. The Gold opened about 10-12 years after RTJ worked on Augusta National and it's easy to see a the influence one had on the other, from the shapes of the bunkers to elevated greens and gorgeous, amphitheater-type par 3s green sites on low ground guarded by water.

The Gold reopens July 1st after a restoration project from RTJ Sr.'s son Rees Jones and I had the chance top review the course, which is in mint shape with brand new turf wall-to-wall. There are really only a few design tweaks here, like a new approach into 18. Nine new forward tees were added. The clubhouse was renovated and practice area was expanded.

This round was one of my more enjoyable golf experiences I've had in a long while thanks to great hole variety and plenty of drama in a wonderful family destination in Colonial Williamsburg.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"A great test of skill"


WLS's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Golden Horseshoe is one of my favorite courses on the East Coast! I have played some top 10 Private courses and this facility is in my personal top 10! The hospitality starts once you drive up and continues throughout your day, while you are there be sure to check out the sister course and the Spotswood Executive course as well!


I recommend this course


"Amazing Par 3's"


BLHipgrave's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We again were lucky enough to be paired up with two members who were a plethora of knowledge of where to hit the ball especially off the tee into these tight fairways.

The 4 par 3's were breathtaking and were certainly the highlight of the round.

Play the correct tees and bring a hot putter and you can score here.

Should be on everyone's list who come to Williamsburg.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Disappointed"


BLHipgrave's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

On our week long trek through Williamsburg playing 6 courses in 7 days my wife and I were really looking forward to our two stops at the Horseshoe.

Unfortunately with all the rain we were limited to cart path only on many of the holes and this was a real detriment to this hilly and undulating course.

The design is frustrating with many mounds causing your ball to not roll into play but to bounce out of play - even though you hit the fairway - or back up 10-30 yards cause you just missed the landing area.

The greens were slow and inconsistent and although the staff was friendly there was a lack of structure keeping the play moving as we had close to a 5 hour round.

Coming from Canada this course ranked 6 out of the 6 we played.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"New Years day"


u000004989554's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Hello,<br/> My wife and I drove away from home for a few daysduring the week of New years. We headed 5 hours south to Williamsburg Va to Kingsmill resort, this was our second trip there. I appologized to everyone for bringing the sweeping cold front with us.<br/> 3 Days of around 40 + degree golf it was around 30 at home +the wind. A friend suggested I get on at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. I suggest you do the same. I have an old issue of Golfstyles magazine with a list of 50 Greatest Courses the Publisher & Managing Editor ever played in their opinion. This one landed # 50 and # 35 on their respective line up. So I have 2 off the list. and only 18 are likely.<br/> Since frost was an issue Tee times were put off until about 10:00 / 10:30 or so,, no big deal, I'm off work on a mini vacation its all good. I met a fellow player who was out for a round I said to the starter I don't mind doubleing up. We actually had alot in common almost 6 degrees of separation. We were escorted out to start on # 4. I was honestly awstruck even though the mass of the area was brown/tan/fading or dead for the season. What a magnificent place to be. The greens where in good shape and they where the only green out there.<br/> I think the most interesting thing about the course was all of the elevation changes inside the property,,,you would not think it could be possible since walking around Colonial Williamsburg is flat. Forgive the babble,, If you can,, or get a chance to play here do it. The staff is very friendly the lounge is very comfortable for a scotch and soda. I played the next day as well shot 94 & 96. Also,, this was the 1st time I ever played a 600 yard par 5 ended that 1 with a Bogey.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The best Par 3s in Golf"


u000007565804's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course never gets boring with challenging holes. Great condition and welcoming staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Curse you Robert Trent Jones (just kidding)"


travel1's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

This was a delightful round of golf and very typical of the RTJ courses that I have played. The Gold tees at 6,500 yards are deceptively long because of the elevation and forced carries and the par 71. The par 3's will keep you up at night but will be your longest memories. The routing is compact, but scenic. It is a very long course for women except for the longest hitters. Bring you A game, or a lot of balls and just enjoy the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great course"


nojokes's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/24/2012

Reviewed on

don't miss chance to play here, very enjoyable. great fun and beautiful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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