Traveling Golfer Makes First Visit to Virginia Royal New Kent, Viniterra, Williamsburg National
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The marketing slogan proclaims: “Virginia is for lovers.” Now, they need to make an addition. Virginia is for golfers, also.
The re-opening of Royal New Kent under new ownership, the revival of the two courses at Williamsburg National, and the continued maturation of The Club at Viniterra have resulted in a corridor of golf excellence that forms the basis of the August episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.
Located between Richmond and Williamsburg, Royal New Kent was designed by the artistic-minded architect Mike Strantz and opened to rave reviews in 1996. It was selected by Golf Digest as America’s best new course. But the economic and environmental ravages of the next two decades took their toll on the Irish-style layout. The course finally closed in 2017 and lay dormant for a year before a new group bought it and turned it over to the management of Wingfield Golf.
After plenty of loving care – and reinvestment – the course reopened this year … better than ever. Modeled after renowned Royal County Down in Ireland, it stands as a monument to bold and challenging golf.
The Club at Viniterra, just a few miles down Interstate 64, shares the same rolling countryside at Royal New Kent – and the same commitment to excellence. Designed by Rees Jones, this championship layout is adjacent to the New Kent Winery and is the centerpiece of the unique and upscale Viniterra residential community.
Stretching to 7,500 yards from the back tees, Viniterra is a stern test of golf. But there are seven sets of tees, allowing every golfer the opportunity to enjoy this great layout.
Williamsburg National is another successful reclamation project, just a mile from downtown Williamsburg. The two courses – Jamestown and Yorktown — have undergone an amazing rebirth under new management. They stand as a very playable and enjoyable complement to the two beasts – Royal New Kent and The Club at Viniterra.
The Jamestown course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, opened in 1995. The Yorktown course, designed by Tom Clark, opened in 1997. Both are pleasant, parkland layouts.
“The four courses, located in close proximity, make up the absolute perfect golf trip,” explains Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. “They present an enticing amount of variety. Add to the golf the history of the Williamsburg area, the wealth of restaurants in town and the many attractions … and you have the perfect family vacation. This is truly a destination that has something for everyone.”
The August episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air a number of times in the Month of August on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach. The Traveling Golfer also 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 and NBC Sports + airings may vary, please see schedule on travelinggolfervideo.com. And, now, the show also airs nationally on the new Fun Roads Network.
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. The show added an Outstanding Achievement Award in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2019. The latest award came on the heels of an unprecedented three straight years as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 18 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.
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