golf trip to Colonial country, however, would not be complete without a visit
to the beautiful Virginia countryside as well - and a great place to start is
Kiskiack Golf Club. Designed by John LaFoy and opened in 1997, Kiskiack is a
very pretty layout that measures 6,778 yards from the back tees (three others
are available). Ron Whitten, the highly respected architecture editor for Golf
Digest, once described Kiskiack as "the sort of course you wish you had in
your hometown." By that he probably meant fun, fair and challenging,
because Kiskiack is all of those. Mr. Whitten also used "pleasant"
and "quiet" to describe Kiskiack. "Friendly" works as well.
The fairways here are wide; some are even banked on both sides to help escort
errant tee shots away from trouble. The greens are pretty big, too, which helps
make them easier to hit. Don't be misled, however. The one word that doesn't
describe this golf course is "simple." Those large putting surfaces,
for example, have more than a little bit of undulation on them. And if their
speed is up, well, three-putting could be as common a sight as a colonial hat
in Williamsburg. Plus, there are woodlands, wetlands and water hazards to
contend with. "Enjoyable" is another good word for Kiskiack, but
"easy" isn't. Sounds like a "must play."