Colonial Heritage Club

4.4816647059 4.5 stars from 5 (255)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6889 yards
  • Slope: 150
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

  • 6500 Arthur Hills Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188, James City County
  • (757) 645-2000
  • (757) 645-2014
  • colonialheritageclub.com

Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (2006), Wadsworth Golf Construction (2006)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Denim is not allowed, shirts must have a collar.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6889 yards 74.1 150
Green 72 6385 yards 71.7 145
Blue 72 6016 yards 70.1 140
Blue (W) 72 6016 yards 76.6 140
White 72 5364 yards 67.1 130
White (W) 72 5364 yards 72.6 132
Burgundy (W) 72 4738 yards 69.6 124
Burgundy 72 4738 yards 64.1 123

Colonial Heritage Golf Club offers the only Arthur Hills-designed layout in Williamsburg, and it is also the city's only gated golf community. Golfers looking for a place where they can just 'grip it and rip it' will be out of luck on this course, which requires skill and strategy. It is a thought-provoking design where golfers will want to weigh all of the risk and reward options first. The layout plays through deep ravines that provide interesting changes in elevation. The golf course also features undulating fairways and large, fast greens that are bordered by strategically placed bunkers as well as water hazards that come into play on several holes. Colonial Heritage G.C. definitely provides a good challenge, even for a seasoned player, but beginners shouldn't feel too intimidated. The golf course offers some room for error and the risk-reward opportunities appeal to low and high handicappers alike.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 255 Reviews
5 stars:
153
4 stars:
81
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

239 out of 254 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"You have to think your way through the round"


vanottey's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really like the layout. Lots of challenges with hills, doglegs, water, woods...etc. I had to leave my driver in the bag a few times. One thing that I would like to see, and it would pick up the speed of play, is to mow the grass/weeds on the sides of the fairways. Almost impossible to find a ball there. You can still leave it rough but in the current condition it's just too much.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/09/2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Colonial Heritage and hope to see you back soon.


Commented on 07/09/2018

MizunoBen: Thank you again for such a wonderful review on our facility; glad you and your friends enjoyed your experience at Colonial Heritage. We hope to see you back soon!


"At Its Very Best"


MizunoBen's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Colonial Heritage Golf Club continues to be the most underrated course in all of Virginia and my most recent visit proves that even more. From exceptional playing conditions to a top-notch staff and everything in between, this course truly deserves to be considered one of the best courses anywhere that you can play for under $50.

The course conditions are the most improved aspect from my previous visit, though they’ve never been sub-standard. From tee to green, everything is superb, the greens especially are absolutely perfect with no bumps, grooves, patches or burnouts areas. Bunkers are ranked, the undulating fairways are well groomed and lush and the rough looks like it could host a U.S. Open.

I had previously only played this course on my own but I brought along some friends this time to show them around and it became clear pretty soon that I’ve been underestimating this course’s difficulty level. The rundown given by the starter is slightly sensationalized, but only slightly. We played from what we thought were reasonable tees for our skill levels at right about 6000 yards. We really should have played up a set because we admittedly took quite a long time to get around the course. Making sure you play the tees that match the slope rating your comfortable with will not only help you enjoy your round more but also speed up play for everyone. One last tip: spend as much time on the practice green before your round as you can.

Back to the course, the Arthur Hills design is as beautiful as it is challenging with well-crafted fairways and green complexes. Bunkers and hazards are in all the right places and really require you to think your way through your round. You’ll use driver less here than many courses but I feel that really adds to the experience. Challenges continue with heavily tiered or potato-chip-sculpted greens (running about 10.5 on the day I played) and sharp drop-offs on many of the greens and a few fairways as well. There’s quite a few blind shots as well so if you haven’t played here before, bring along someone who has or pony up the $6 for a yardage book.

The staff continues to impress here with professional and friendly service, we even had one of the maintenance crew pause her mowing to guide us towards a lost ball. If I have a complaint about my round it’s that the lack of a beverage cart for the 5 hours we were out there in the heat and humidity really seemed out of place.

The practice facilities (which I hadn’t really used before) are excellent here as well with grass driving range and separate chipping and putting greens. The food in the restaurant is a little pricey but you get what you pay for.

Speaking of value, it remains Colonial Heritage’s biggest asset. You can spend upwards of $100 at Spring Creek up in central VA (which is routinely rated as the best in the state) and not feel like you’re getting a better golfing experience as you do here for as little as $35. To me that’s a huge difference and with both courses just over an hour from me, I know I’ll be choosing Colonial Heritage far more often.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Conditions (Course & Weather)"


uWUEV8442WU's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing this course and really enjoyed the layout and the variety of holes. You really have to think your way around the course and in some cases knowing the holes is a big help as there are some blind shots or your tee shot has to be placed to prepare for your next shot. The cllubhouse and starter staff were very friendly and helpful.

Will definitely play this course again next time we're in the Williamsburg area.


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



u000005387133's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u5561860's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout!"


Charles7867487's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time, course in great shape and very challenging. Will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very Challenging Course"


dawnwood's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course will make you think on every shot. Great layout with some beautiful holes. Course plays long so be prepared to club up. I'm a 17-20 handicap but was able to birdie a few holes so this always brings me back to a course. Some construction was going on which created some dust and noise but still enjoyed the course. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Too difficult"


Gary2281295's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Can’t believe this course was built in a retirement community!

You need to be 10 or under handicap to play this course!

Lots of topography change which is vusually atttactive but adds considerable degree of difficulty.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/02/2018

Dear Gary,

Thank you for playing our golf course yesterday and providing us your feedback.

Our residents take a lot of pride in our course; its layout, conditions, and play ability. Due to the elevation changes throughout all 18 holes, our course plays roughly 400-500 yards longer that our scorecard states.

Choosing the proper sets of tees is paramount on enjoying ones round at Colonial Heritage. For those golfers who enjoy a course at 6,500 yards, our recommendation is to play our Blue Tees that measures 6,000 yards but will play 6,500.

We would love to have you play our course again and consider playing one set of tees closer.

Thank you again and I hope this information helps.

Sincerely,

Aaron Palen, PGA

Head Golf Professional

Colonial Heritage Golf Club


"A must play track"


u00000576841's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything first class here. Presentation, greeting, hospitality, course layout, difficulty and condition. Beautiful and difficult track that was enjoyed by all of us. A must play when in Williamsburg.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"3 thumbs up"


Caeasley's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course conditions were very nice. Greens were almost 100 % healed Whole facility is super with an abundant and courteous staff of PRO’S

Practice area was a nice surprise


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"5 hours on a Monday, disappointed"


rboyne's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We teed off at 2 and finished at 7. We called and asked for a nine-hole raincheck when we were 3 hours to the 11th but were told that because we had finished 10 to forget the raincheck even though we complained at 9. When we finished at 7 the clubhouse was locked. with players on the course. We never saw a marshal on the course, the only person we saw from the course was at the 17th and it was the same person who checked us in. We travel to Williamsburg every year to begin our golf season and have played this course many times before; it would be hard to recommend this place to any of our friends.

We finished the back nine in 2 hours because people in front of us and behind us left.

The course is fun, the layout is great but not respecting pace of play and our time is not acceptable. Management, realize the public has choices


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/02/2018

Dear rboyne:

Thank you for your feedback on your recent experience at Colonial Heritage this past Monday.

Our acceptable pace of play is 4 hours and 40 minutes due to the elevation changes, topography, and green complexes. With almost 150 golfers on our course this past Monday, all of our groups finished within our acceptable time frame.

Our rain check policy is to provide rain checks when our course closes for safety reasons (i.e. thunder storms, heavy rains, tornado watch, etc).

I am happy to discuss this further. You can reach me at 757.645.2032 or apalen@colonialheritageclub.com

Thank you again for your feedback.

Sincerely,

Aaron Palen, PGA

Head Golf Professional

Colonial Heritage Golf Club


"Picturesque Course"


u1654719's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This picturesque course was a challenge as it was the first time I had played here. Checking each hole layout and attention to management of same is essential for good scores. A good healthy walk when conditions are cart path only! All in all, It was a thoroughly enjoyable round!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor Layout in. Housing Construction Zone"


dontcarmichael's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Definitely not enjoyable. Course layout definitely needs signage, yardage markers, maps and more information on trap locations and water hazards. Uphill, downhill, side-hill lies galore makes the course a difficult one for anyone that sits 90+. The back nine features a dust bowl housing subdivision construction zone that on a windy day puts you in an area that feels like an open pit coal mine.

With a choice of great courses in the area this is not on my list for the future.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great challenge"


jdmsante's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I love this course because of the challenge. Even if I am a 14 handicap golfer, that course make you think. I played there 9 times in the last 4 years. In April the green at little brown, but you don't play there for that.

Please ask for the track map if not you would not like it.

There is also a great chipping range.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Punched Greens And A One Big Change"


MizunoBen's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 6/02/17*

This has been one of my favorite course in the state due to the great layout, consistently good playing conditions, friendly staff and great value. Most of that has been retained for 2018 but there’s one change that you should know about if you’ve played here before.

First and foremost, they have aerified all the greens, and not with the pin-sized holes I had witnessed last summer which didn’t affect play at all. This time the putting surface is largely altered by larger holes and sand and putting was a challenge all day. Since this only happens a couple times a year, I won’t focus too much on it and my overall rating doesn’t reflect the temporary degradation in playing conditions. It is worth noting that despite heavy rains the night before, the course had drained very well, though cart path-only was still warranted.

To me the biggest change that has impacted this beautiful course is the expansion of housing development, particularly on the back nine. My favorite par-3 on the course used to be tucked away in a secluded corner of the course, surrounded by woodlands. Fast forward 8 months and the trees are all gone and soon the only backdrop will be a row of gated-community houses. I admit this is more a personal letdown and may not affect anyone who hasn’t played here before, but it struck me how much change had been made to the hole’s character by simply changing the backdrop. The construction continues on to the next few holes but to me, that par-3 was impacted the most.

Scenic backdrops notwithstanding, this course remains a great layout with challenging and varied holes that will have you using different clubs and different shots on every hole. The fluffy bunkers (even after a lot of rain) take some time to get used to and the elevation changes are pretty incredible for this area.

The staff remains top-notch with friendly and helpful service, they even guided me to the back-nine first to avoid getting held up by a large group on the front nine. Talk about pace-of-play, I breezed through the whole course (cart path only too) in well under 3 hours!

For $30 for an early afternoon tee time, you cannot beat the value of this course. Iit remains my highest ranked course in the state for that category. Once the course fully recuperates from winter and aerification I will be back again and again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 04/20/2018

MizunoBen,

On behalf of the entire team at Colonial Heritage, thank you for your continued feedback on your experience's at our facility. We believe in our product and services and love hearing everyone's thoughts.

When you have a moment, I would love to chat with you. My office number is 757.645.2032 or apalen@colonialheritageclub.com.

Sincerely,

Aaron Palen, PGA

Head Golf Professional


"Great Experience"


itom212'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 04/13/2018
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course was a great experience. We enjoyed wonderful weather for April. The course was in great shape for the time of year. It was very challenging. The bermuda grass was still dormant, as was the case at all courses in the area at this time of year. The roughs were overseeded so they were green, making it more visibly appealing. The course was quite challenging with several forced carries over deep gorges. We found it to be a challenging, but fair design. The greens had been aerated recently, but had almost finished growing in so they were not 100% perfect condition. Long story short, we had a great time. The staff was quite friendly and extremely helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



John4120's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Except for two holes on the front nine and two on the back nine the course is a good layout.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


u000005859711's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

extremely windy round. great course set up. 5 different tee boxes to give the player the test he/she would like. on course restrooms left a little to be desired but other than that it was a great experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Over priced"


u000007447709's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course does have a nice layout. Pretty much each hole you will have a playable second shot as is an open layout which is nice. The staff was very nice and the snack bar was good. To start, a small bucket of range balls was $8 which is quite over priced as I have played nicer more ritzy courses where a small token is $4-$5. The driving range was nice. Fairways were not grown in yet due to the weather which I can understand. The biggest issue were the greens. If i could rate them a negative five I would. For the price of my round, I expect immaculate greens not greens covered in sand, holes all over the place some as big as a quarter and overall just 100% inconsistent. My group was giving gimmies from 5 feet in because no green would role without hops, skips and jumps. We were all super frustrated to pay a large amount for such poor greens. The round was worth $40, but round total plus the range balls was $65. Really feel like the course owes me some change.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/09/2018

I am so sorry to learn about your disappointment on the conditions of our greens. We take a lot of pride on our golf course, it's conditions, and our hospitality. Please contact me via email at apalen@colonialheritageclub.com or by phone (757)645-2032 and I would love to host your group back when our greens have recovered as a guest of mine.

Sincerely,

Aaron Palen, PGA

Head Golf Professional



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