Course architect Jones returns to Viniterra

NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) - Like a fine wine matures as it ages, the father of one of the best new golf courses in Virginia revisited his gem among the New Kent wine country, to see just how the course has come along in three years.

Rees Jones designed The Club at Viniterra and saw it completed in 2009.  Jones was back in town this week, as part of a Grand Re-Opening of the course. Viniterra has recently changed management, and is now semi-private instead of totally private.  Possibly now more golfers will be able to play the course built by one of the best architects in the country.

The son of golf course design legend Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones has designed or redesigned more than 100 golf courses in his career.  His remodeling skills have been applied to seven U.S. Open venues, seven PGA Championship courses, four Ryder Cup and two Walker Cup sites as well as the permanent site of the Tour Championship.  In addition to Viniterra, in Virginia he's had a hand in designing both courses at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, and the James River Course at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

Jones said Tuesday that Viniterra is unique in that blends both old and modern traits of golf courses.  But it is a trademark Jonesian design in the way that golfers have many options for their golf shots both on the tee and attacking the green.

The word "Viniterra" means, loosely "earth wines" or "land of grapes."  The Club is located adjacent to the New Kent Winery.

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