PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – There are a number of great golf resorts across the country that offer championship golf, luxury accommodations, a world-class spa, tennis and more. But only one offers all of that, combined with history – from the very beginning of America’s existence.
That destination is Kingsmill Resort – for many years a renowned name in golf and vacation lifestyle. Now, with ongoing renovations, it is a resort that is continually getting better.
The first footsteps of British settlers were taken on the grounds of Kingsmill Resort, site of the historic Jamestown Colony landing in 1607. Sprawling upward from the banks of the James River is the Kingsmill Resort and just down the road is Colonial Williamsburg, with all of its carefully curated history and charm.
An in-depth look at Kingsmill Resort and all of the historic wonders of Colonial Williamsburg are the subjects of the April episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show. Host Tony Leodora takes viewers on a sparkling visual tour of the resort and the surrounding area.
“It had been more than 25 years since my last visit to Kingsmill Resort, site of famous tournaments hosted by the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour,” says Leodora. “It turned out to be an eye-popping return. The golf – including the Woods Course, which did not exist during my last visit – is exceptional. The accommodations and the wide variety of amenities have been updated with all of the modern conveniences, without losing any of the charm.”
Mixing the old and the new has been an intricate formula that requires innovative leadership.
“It’s one of the most historic old parts of the country and it’s a seasonal resort, which is great,” explains Joel Paige, chief operating officer of Kingsmill Resort. “It’s right along the James River, which is fantastic. Most people don’t realize how much water activity there is. But, at the end of the day, what we really pride ourselves on is the hospitality. When we talk to our guests, that southern hospitality really sticks out.”
Kingsmill Resort still stands as one of the great drive-to golf and vacation destinations in America. At the same time, it is served by three airports within less than a one-hour drive.
“It’s heaven on earth here in Virginia,” says James Gelfand, vice president of sales and revenue at Kingsmill. “But never has it been so easy to get to heaven. We are within a six-hour drive of 70 million people. And we are served by three airports. Newport News is the closest at 21 miles, Richmond is about 45 miles and Norfolk is about 42 miles.”
The April episode of the Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, three times every day, on the new Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington State, North Dakota, Raleigh, Orlando, San Jose, Albany and Boise markets. Additionally, national and international expansion has taken place via connected TV on Roku, Amazon Fire, SelectTV and GlewedTV.
The Traveling Golfer also airs a number of times in the Month of April on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.
The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, “Tech Talk”, hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers’ never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. Four times in the last six years, the show was been honored as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 20 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.
For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how a property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 721-8186 or e-mail Tony Leodora at tony.leodora@TL-golfservices.com.