- Location: Williamsburg, VA
- Rooms: 1000+
- Courses: 45 holes
- Amenities: Five Hotels / 21 restaurants / spas / pools
- Also good for: Best for Families (#2)
6 things you need to know
- Best time to go: April through Oct. is best for great golf and weather.
- Daily stay-and-plays start at: $359.
- Golf experience: 45 holes at the Golden Horseshoe Club, courtesy of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son, Rees.
- Best non-golf amenity: Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg.
- While you're there: Enjoy a carriage ride through the entirety of Virginia’s most one-of-a-kind resort.
- Insider tip: Bring the kids for a history lesson — with period actors — they will actually enjoy.
History is what they’re selling at Colonial Williamsburg, but as you’re learning about one of America’s first colonies, you can create your own. There’s a huge variety of lodging choices; many attractions for families, couples and history buffs; and lots of great golf. In addition to the Colonial Williamsburg Resort and its Golden Horseshoe Club, the nearby Kingsmill Resort (kingsmillresort.com; 800-832-5665), on the James River, boasts two championship courses for guests. The 6,432-yard, par-72 Plantation Course is an Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay design that challenges players of all skill levels. The River Course hosts the Pure Silk Championship, where the top LPGA players compete on a 6,379-yard, par-71, Pete Dye-designed layout. The River’s 17th hole, which non-golfers can walk to, is the original landing spot of the Jamestown settlers and is dotted with Native American artifacts and American Revolution earthen works, making in perhaps the most historic golf hole in America.