Williamsburg Virginia: Golf Capital of the East Coast

Written by Elaine VonCannon

Williamsburg Virginia: Golf Capital ofrepparttar East Coast by Elaine VonCannon

Williamsburg Virginia is widely known among golf enthusiasts asrepparttar 140951 golf capital ofrepparttar 140952 East Coast. Many avid golfers retire or relocate to Williamsburg, Virginia so they can be near a wide selection of courses. Following is a sampling of golf courses in Williamsburg, with links to their web sites, where you will find virtual tours, tour packages, and descriptions ofrepparttar 140953 courses.

Royal New Kent (http://www.traditionalclubs.com/ROYAL/) In 2002, Golf Digest deemed Royal New Kent a 4 1/2 star course. The course flows across 7, 372 yards of Virginia countryside and has been likened to Irish links. Tall grasses blowing inrepparttar 140954 wind against a backdrop of sharp, green, grassy knolls and hand-stacked rocks arerepparttar 140955 reason for this comparison torepparttar 140956 Emerald Isle. Golfers are challenged byrepparttar 140957 opportunity for blind shots inrepparttar 140958 contoured fairways. Golfers appreciaterepparttar 140959 par 72 design with over 120 bunkers. Each hole offers many different playing options. Expect special treatment from curbside attendants, who greet you and unload your bags, and upon completion – wipe your clubs and put them inrepparttar 140960 car.

Colonial Williamsburg – The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (http://www.goldenhorseshoegolf.com/) Choose from three courses at Colonial Williamsburg. Visitrepparttar 140961 web site for a virtual tour of each. The Gold Course This 18 hole course was opened in 1963 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, who considers it one of his finest designs ever. The course is 6,817 yards, and offers a par 71 design. The Green Course Another 18 hole adventure, this course was designed by Rees Jones,repparttar 140962 son of Jones Sr. The Green Course is a longer design thenrepparttar 140963 Gold Course. Although it is created fromrepparttar 140964 same terrain as The Gold Course, this course is less challenging. The Green Course is 7,120 yards and offers a Par 72 design. The Spotswood Course This 9 hole wonder was named for a former governor of Colonial Virginia, Alexander Spotswood. Jones Sr. updatedrepparttar 140965 1947 design in 1963 onrepparttar 140966 Williamsburg Inn’s property.

Williamsburg National Golf Club (http://wngc.com) Golf Digest gave this Nicklaus Design Associates course a 3 1/2 star rating and added their recommendation ofrepparttar 140967 WNGC as one ofrepparttar 140968 top 10 courses in Virginia. The 18-hole design is unique for its tree-lined fairways with challenging holes and wetlands for natural obstacles. The black course is 6,953 yards with a par 73;repparttar 140969 blue course is 6,411yards with a par 70;repparttar 140970 white course is 5,900 yards with a par 67;repparttar 140971 green course is 5, 122 yards with a par 68. Colonial Golf Club, Lanexa (http://www.golfcolonial.com) Golf Digest recently gaverepparttar 140972 Colonial Golf Club in Lanexa Virginia a 4 star rating. The tree lined course, in a tidal marsh setting is enhanced by a complete lack of development inrepparttar 140973 surrounding area. A public 3-hole regulation practice course is available for $18 and no prior reservation. This 18-hole course allowsrepparttar 140974 golfer to choose from five sets of tees (4,568-6,885 yards) and is a par 72. Golf enthusiasts love takingrepparttar 140975 challenge of “The Abyss” – a par 3 that is both renowned and cursed inrepparttar 140976 Williamsburg area.

A parents survival guide to Legoland Windsor

Written by Paul Fogg - Langton House

I have visited Legoland many times over many years, as well as having made and heard suggestions from many, many families overrepparttar years. It has given me a set of “rules” that have become invaluable in attacking and surviving a day out at Legoland in Windsor.

There really can be nothing worse than planning a trip to Legoland and to turn up just afterrepparttar 140871 park is open at 10am. This isrepparttar 140872 first fatal move. You will end up queuing almost as soon as you get offrepparttar 140873 M4 motorway (see Getting To Us for directions). This inevitably means you get torepparttar 140874 Legoland park some time after 10am, more likely nearer 11am, then queue intorepparttar 140875 parking area, queue to get tickets, queue to get throughrepparttar 140876 ticket barrier, queue to get onrepparttar 140877 train downrepparttar 140878 hill and then you continue your day with a bit more queuing on allrepparttar 140879 rides. Lovely!

I think you can all seerepparttar 140880 picture I’m painting here! I will just add that this is normally only this bad on peak days in summer, at weekends and duringrepparttar 140881 school holidays, but it can happen at any day to a greater or lesser degree depending uponrepparttar 140882 weather – it suddenly turns hot and sunny, everyone decides to go to Legoland – or there’s a special offer on you didn’t know about – allrepparttar 140883 locals with their Legoland annual passes turn out forrepparttar 140884 day.

So how do you start off onrepparttar 140885 right foot?

The most important thing to remember is thatrepparttar 140886 Legoland park opens at 10am, and by park I don’t meanrepparttar 140887 parking,repparttar 140888 pay points,repparttar 140889 Lego shop orrepparttar 140890 hill top restaurant!

Yep you guessed it, this is all open earlier, about 9.30am! This is when you should be rolling up torepparttar 140891 parking area. Fromrepparttar 140892 previous scenario you are already 1 hour ahead of those less fortunate who are about to get stuck inrepparttar 140893 traffic queues offrepparttar 140894 M4!

So you’ve arrived and parked up, its 9.40am and you’ve unpackedrepparttar 140895 kids and are wandering off torepparttar 140896 ticket booths, but of course if you’ve planned ahead – which you should have because you’re reading this for a start – and have bought your Legoland tickets online and hopefully got a better deal…. You can pass straight intorepparttar 140897 Beginning, get your bearings, form The Plan of attack, and try and keeprepparttar 140898 children away fromrepparttar 140899 shop! Check outrepparttar 140900 Model Makers Workshop and Hall of Fame – some amazing Lego models, a near life size 747 cockpit amongst many other exhibits. The Rocket Racers may even open early, or just get a coffee atrepparttar 140901 Pitstop Café. There is plenty to do here for ˝ an hour to chill out and relax before you hit Legoland proper. The Plan will help you get an idea of where to head first, which rides your children want as well as those with height restrictions andrepparttar 140902 times ofrepparttar 140903 shows throughoutrepparttar 140904 day.

It is getting towards 10am, head down torepparttar 140905 Hill Train. Now it may not be worth getting onrepparttar 140906 train, particularly if there is already a queue, after all,repparttar 140907 purpose of this guide is to cut downrepparttar 140908 queuing, so why would you want to startrepparttar 140909 day in one! Just wait until they let you past and walk on intorepparttar 140910 park.

It’s all downhill intorepparttar 140911 park, but it’s now time to follow The Plan you thought about earlier. The basic rule is to walk torepparttar 140912 back of Legoland and work your way forward. Its important to get torepparttar 140913 major rides as soon as you can, do them and then you can relax and makerepparttar 140914 most ofrepparttar 140915 park forrepparttar 140916 rest ofrepparttar 140917 day.

In my opinionrepparttar 140918 best rides at Legoland in 2004 wererepparttar 140919 Dragon Ride, Pirate Falls, Jungle Coaster andrepparttar 140920 Driving School. The one thing you can guarantee is that by midday there will be at least a 45 minute queue for all these rides, so its best to try and tick them all off you list as soon as possible. Of course if your little lovelies are too small or just into something else, then make sure you have it in The Plan.

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