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Live and Play in Your Own Backyard: Golf Communities in Williamsburg

Live and Play in Your Own Backyard: Golf Communities in Williamsburg

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By Elaine VonCannon, ABR, SRES, Associate Broker, Notary, Team Leader, Property Manager, Award Winning Agent

Golf has long been one of the favorite leisure activities of professional and retired individuals. In Williamsburg, Virginia and surrounding areas, the professional and retiree can play golf on many renowned golf courses. The devoted golf enthusiast may desire even more than this. For some golfers, the ultimate immersion in the sport means moving to a golf community. In and around Williamsburg, Virginia a concentration of great courses and elegant golf communities make it the perfect place for the golfer to live, work, or retire.

Check with individual communities, but most have additional amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and restaurants. Home buyers at most golf communities may choose to live in Planned Unit Development homes with maintenance included for a monthly fee in addition to a homeowners association fee.

The Golf Club at Brickshire
In addition to being a Curtis Strange signature course, the Golf Club at Brickshire also offers the golfer opportunities to play emulation holes from August National, Saint Andrews, Pinehurst #2, and Riviera Country Club. Brickshire is a relatively new 18 hole course that is only three years old at the date of this writing and has been described as "player friendly" by avid golfers. Golf Digest recently gave the Brickshire course a 4 1/2 star rating.

Home buyers may choose from newly built and custom built attached and detached homes.

The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse
This stunning 18 hole golf course in New Kent County Virginia has been described as a challenging course that is larger than life. Featuring oversized greens and tremendous vistas, it is characterized by deep bunkers and long carries. In 2002, Stonehouse was awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.

Home buyers get ready: home sites are projected to be prepared by the end of 2005.

Kingsmill Resort and Spa
Kingsmill is the oldest gated golf community in Williamsburg and is home to three 18 hole golf courses, a marina and a conference center. The River course was once the site of the PGA Tour and is now the location of the LPGA tour's Michelob ULTRA open. In 2004 the original architect, Pete Dye, returned to oversee The River's renovation, which included resurfacing of greens and the addition of new fairway bunkering. Some golfers prefer the Plantation course, an Arnold Palmer design with generous fairway landing areas and water near eight holes. The Woods Course, designed by Tom Clark, has unique features such as a double green with a bunker in the middle shared by the par-3 twefth hole and par-4 fifteenth hole.

Kingsmill is one of the most prestigious communities in Williamsburg. All homes are custom built, and only resells are available now.

Ford's Colony
Ford's Colony, like Kingsmill, has three 18 hole courses. All were designed by Dan Maples. Choose from the Marsh Hawk Course, Blackheath Course, or the Blue Heron Course. Visit http://wwww.fordscolony.com to take a virtual tour of each course.

Home buyers interested in living at Ford's Colony will find lots available for home building sites, newly custom built homes, and resells of custom built homes.

Greensprings Plantation
At Greensprings Plantation, golfers come from near and far to play 18 holes on the Williamsburg National Golf Course designed by Jim Lipe of Jack Nicklaus Design Associates.

Lots are available for home building sites, newly custom built homes and resells of custom built homes.

Governor's Land
Governor's Land is known for its high dollar elaborate homes and quiet seclusion on the James River. Two Rivers golf course was designed by the three-time golf architect of the year Tom Fazio. Admisssion to this course is only granted to members of the Two Rivers Country Club. This 18 hole course runs along the James River, which provides a scenic backdrop for a game. The design takes advantage of the natural contours of the river, marshlands, ravines, and woodlands.

Residents of Governor's Land enjoy full use of a marina, and life in the most exclusive, high end community in Williamsburg.

Home buyers may purchase lots to build new homes, newly custom built homes, or resells of custom built homes.

For the golfing enthusiast, an opportunity to live so close to the game is paramount. In Williamsburg Virginia, the golf capital of the East Coast, golf communities abound. Call me at 757-288-4685 or e-mail at vonmor1@cox.net. I am a REALTOR who is in the know about these communities. I'll be happy to help you locate the home that fits your needs and lands you as close to the game of golf as you dream of being.