The Most His­toric 177 Yards of Golf in Amer­ica

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WIL­LIAMS­BURG, VA – On the col­or­ful score­card, hole 17 at Kingsmill Re­sort’s River Golf Course reads like thou­sands of other golf holes around the world: 177 Yard Par 3. And that’s a shame. It should read: “You are about to play the most his­toric 177 yards of golf in Amer­ica. Take it all in. Don’t rush. Look around and imag­ine how this very land played a role in Amer­i­can his­tory start­ing in 1607.”

Thanks to its strate­gic and invit­ing po­si­tion over­look­ing the James River, the tee box fea­tures clearly vis­i­ble rem­nants of the earthen works (a hastily made fort or de­fen­sive struc­ture) from the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, which was then re­pur­posed (lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion) in the War Be­tween the States. To­day a Civil War can­non and flag guard this sa­cred ground. We’re sure some golfers would like to use the can­non to launch their ball to the tee (not al­lowed).

But well be­fore ag­gres­sion – or the early set­tlers who ar­rived at this very shore­line in search of a new home –Na­tive Amer­i­cas lived here and en­joyed the oys­ters still plen­ti­ful and be­ing served up at the 19th hole here at Kingsmill. To­day, when golfers walk be­tween the tee box and the green at the River Course’s 17th hole, they are stepping on the same land where the Jamestown set­tlers stepped off their boat in 1607.

Those set­tlers would later sail up­river and start what is now the United States of Amer­ica at Jamestown. The old pil­ings in the river are the lo­ca­tion of their orig­i­nal port and start of the road from the James River to Wil­liams­burg, the amaz­ing Colo­nial town that’s still thriv­ing 400 years later. To the left of the hole are the foun­da­tions of what was ba­si­cally a pub, early ware­house, ho­tel and some say a brothel all dat­ing way back be­fore 1776.

That’s 177 yards of his­tory from the Na­tive Amer­i­cans to the Jamestown Set­tlers, Wil­liams­burg, the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and Civil War to where LPGA play­ers now tee off in an an­nual pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ment. Kingsmill Re­sort is also the place where Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, Bush (43) and Obama have come to meet, re­lax, work and re­hearse for de­bates. To­day golfers, fam­i­lies, cou­ples and friends come to Kingsmill Re­sort’s hal­lowed ground to make their own his­tory.

And while you may not ea­gle this hole (which would be a hole in one, too), it’s quite com­mon to see the Amer­i­can Bald Ea­gle fly­ing over­head. They nest on the grounds of Kingsmill Re­sort. Per­fectly fit­ting for the most 177 his­toric holes of golf, in Amer­ica.

Win­ston Churchill said, “Those who fail to learn from his­tory are con­demned to re­peat it.” In golf, ama­teurs call this a mul­li­gan, and if there is any golf hole in Amer­ica to pause, stop, take it all in – and re­peat – this is it.

Kingsmill Re­sort is the only AAA Four Di­a­mond con­do­minium re­sort in his­toric Wil­liams­burg, Va. The re­sort’s one- to three­bed­room con­do­mini­ums, with kitchens and spa­cious liv­ing ar­eas, are ideal for golfers. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. for spe­cific de­tails or call (800) 832-5665.

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