Golden Horseshoe Green Course

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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.

He would not play this course again.

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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.

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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.

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Challenging and picturesque. Beautiful natural setting. Terrific value.

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Great gc we played at 5:00 and had the cc to ourselves. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Course was in great shape

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