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LPGA Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA 2014

May 12-2014

The LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA later  this week with a new presenting sponsor.

Play starts Thursday May 15 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort with a field that features eight of the top 10 golfers in the Rolex world golf rankings, including defending champion Cristie Kerr and 17-year-old phenom Lydia Ko.

Cristie Kerr returns as the defending champion. Kerr has earned three of her 16 career LPGA victories at the resort’s River Course, as she also won the tournament in 2009 and 2005.

Kerr had her hands full with 2007 Kingsmill champion Suzann Pettersen last year, besting the Norwegian on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff after sinking a two-footer for par. The last seven champions have posted at least three rounds in the 60s en route to the winner’s circle, and this year should be no different.

Kerr will have to contend with the likes of Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Karrie Webb – who won the tournament in 2006 – among others. Se Ri Pak (2004) is another past Kingsmill champion in the field this week, so the player roster is loaded with talent once again at the $1.3 million event.

Golf Channel will be there to bring four rounds of coverage to fans not lucky enough to see it in person.

The Kingsmill Championship begins a four-week run for the LPGA that includes trips to Alabama, New Jersey and Ontario, and there is a heap of money up for grabs in the coming weeks. Ten events into the 2014 slate, LPGA players will begin looking to make moves in the standings as summer approaches, and it all begins this week.

The South Korean broadcast company JTBC has signed up as a partner this year and is expected to bolster the tournament’s international presence. JTBC reaches 21 million households in Korea, according to a Kingsmill release.

The tournament is booked at Kingsmill through 2017. This is the 11th event on this year’s LPGA schedule.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the tournament website

About the Kingsmill Championship

The 2014 Kingsmill Championship to be held May 12-18, 2014, on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72‐hole, stroke play tournament. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

Tickets are available online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com

About Kingsmill on The James and Kingsmill Resort

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort that offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, six restaurants. three Championship Golf Courses with a golf club house, a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Quarterpath Trace KingsmillThe community spans 2900 acres of protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched forever. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for sale in Kingsmill,ranging from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

Xanterra withdraws Kingsmill expansion plans

signXanterra abruptly withdrew its Kingsmill expansion plans Tuesday with no explanation, according to county Planning documents.

Xanterra’s local attorney, Vernon Geddy III, sent a brief letter to county planners Tuesday asking them to “withdraw in entirety the rezoning portion of the referenced applications and all portions of the master plan amendment portion of the applications.”

But the move might not signal defeat. Geddy said Xanterra, which owns Kingsmill Resort and hopes to build 207 new homes along the Country Road, will “continue to work to address issues that have been raised” and file a new application “in the near future.”

Still, the news pleased opponents, roughly 100 of whom turned out at a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month to speak out against the project.

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LPGA Announces Four Year Extension of Kingsmill Championship

The LPGA and Xanterra have announced a four-year extension of the Kingsmill Championship that will bring the event back to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. through the 2017 season.

The 10th staging of the Kingsmill Championship will be held May 15-18, 2014 with players competing for a $1.3 million purse. Kingsmill Resort is owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts® affiliate Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC, a sister company of Anschutz Entertainment Group and a subsidiary of Anschutz Company.

Golf Course 2“Everything about Kingsmill is top-notch — from the incredible resort, to the championship River Course venue, to the way they treat both the players and fans,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “I’m so excited about our long-term partnership, as it ensures that we’ll continue this wonderful tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the best golf resorts in the world.”

Xanterra acquired Kingsmill Resort from Busch Properties, Inc. on August 1, 2010. Xanterra recently completed a $6 million renovation of the resort, including a new resort pool complex and renovations to the marina restaurant and other resort facilities. The resort is a AAA Four‐ Diamond resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ‐ a global association of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the LPGA at Kingsmill,” said Andrew Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Parks and Resorts. “This is the 32nd year of professional golf at Kingsmill, and Xanterra is proud to be a part of this prestigious tournament. We are thankful to the sponsors, volunteers, spectators, and LPGA players who continue to support this tradition at Kingsmill, and make it a truly great event.”

The River Course at Kingsmill Resort previously hosted the LPGA’s Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill from 2003 to 2009. The event produced acclaimed winners including LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famers Se Ri Pak (2004), Karrie Webb (2006), Annika Sorenstam (2008) and major champions Grace Park (2003), Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009) and Suzann Pettersen (2007).

After a two-year hiatus, the LPGA Tour returned to Williamsburg in 2012 for the newly-named Kingsmill Championship where South Korea’s Jiyai Shin outlasted American Paula Creamer in an epic nine-hole playoff for her ninth-career LPGA Tour victory. In 2013, Cristie Kerr etched her name on the list of victors for the third time when she defeated Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff.

Kingsmill Resort offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, three Championship Golf Courses, six restaurants; a European style spa, indoor/outdoor pools, a Sports center and full service marina. Kingsmill Resort is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Read more about Kingsmill here

Kingsmill residents moving quickly under the “Kingsmill United” banner to form new community coalition

signA core group of Kingsmill residents is moving quickly under the “Kingsmill United” banner to form a new community coalition. Following a planning meeting last week the group has prepared Articles of Incorporation and established an interim steering committee. On Friday the steering committee authorized filing of the incorporation papers and issued a call to Charter Members for an organization meeting to be held on Tuesday.

The group describes its purpose as, “Providing accurate and timely information and commentary on policies and actions that may impact the quality of life and property values in Kingsmill”.

The organization is intended to be a permanent organization with membership open to all Kingsmill residents and owners. The establishment of an “associate membership” class open to commercial and industrial entities within the boundaries of the original Anheuser Busch development is being explored. “We have requested meetings with our business neighbors The organization is intended to be a permanent organization with membership open to all Kingsmill residents and owners. The establishment of an “associate membership” class open to commercial and industrial entities within the boundaries of the original Anheuser Busch development is being explored.“We have requested meetings with our business neighbors including Busch Gardens, AB InBev Brewery and AB Busch Office Park to be sure they understand the potential impact on them of the proposed plan changes and to explore their interest in participating” a spokesman said.

The organizers emphasized that the intention is not to duplicate the Kingsmill Community Service Association (KCSA) whose board is composed of 4 elected Kingsmill members and 5 Xanterra appointees, but to provide an independent voice on policy issues.

“Kingsmill United is neither anti-development nor anti-Xanterra, it is simply pro-Kingsmill,” a spokesman said adding that “KU” looks forward to establishing a cordial and positive long term relationship with both KCSA and Xanterra with the objective of promoting the best interests of the united community and to that end we have requested introductory meetings with each of them.

There are serious concerns regarding the proposed master plan revisions and we hope to be able to resolve those concerns with Winding Road Development and Xanterra. However, following the precedent set by Xanterra, we have requested meetings with individual James City supervisors and Planning Commission members. We are confident that those officials will extend the same courtesy to Kingsmill United as they extended to Xanterra. In the spirit of transparency we will share the meeting schedule as it comes together.”

Given the concerns expressed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Kingsmill United will also be consulting with local environmental groups to get their input on those comments which suggest that the impact of a portion of the proposed development will extend beyond the Kingsmill residential community. Those comments and the presentation of Winding Roads Development on proposed changes to the Kingsmill Master Plan have been posted to the Kingsmill United web site ( kingsmill-united.org ).

Those interested in learning more about the group or becoming a Charter Member are invited to e-mail their interest and contact information to Info@Kingsmill-United.org or visit the web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael McGurk

Director, Media Relations

Kingsmill-United

(www.kingsmill-united.org) (757) 506-5023

info@kingsmill-united.org

Kingsmill residents unite against Xanterra

JAMES CITY – More than 200 Kingsmill residents turned out for a meeting Thursday afternoon to express concerns about the resort’s plan to limit resort access and restructure memberships, a number of sources told the Gazette Friday.
Kingsmill Community Services Association resident representative Jim Zinn confirmed Friday that KCSA, as its known, had received enough feedback from residents about the plan that it scheduled a comment section during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Read more about it here http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-kingsmill-082413-20130823,0,6459014.story

Xanterra looks to build 322 new homes in Kingsmill

Kingsmill Resort owner Xanterra has submitted an application to build 322 new homes in the gated community, converting almost all of the Country Road to housing and reconfiguring the Woods Golf Course.

The changes come in the form of both a rezoning application and master plan amendment that would convert the Woods Course and 15 acres bordering the Country Road for residential use. The application converts trails and existing buffers to 196 single-family homes, 96 condominiums and 30 town homes.

The plan also includes a new Country Road – a cul-de-sac to serve a new 15-home tract.

It would also allow housing on 121 acres of area designated for the Country Road, and another 15 acres designated for recreation, according to the application filed this week with the county’s Planning Division.

More of the story here

Read  more about the Kingsmill Community here

 

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Kingsmill looks to close resort to public :(

kingsmillAt the end of the year, the restaurants, marina, spa and other amenities at Kingsmill Resort will be available only to members and resort guests, a move that will exclude the general public as well as more than half of Kingsmill’s residents.

Only 43 percent of residents currently hold one of 18 categories of Kingsmill club memberships, said Jim Zinn, who represents homeowners on the Kingsmill Community Services Association. KCSA is the closest thing to a homeowners association Kingsmill has, but includes corporate interests.

The prospect of an internal gate on Kingsmill Road "is probably the most controversial component of their offering," Zinn said in an interview Monday. "We’re hopeful the interior gate is something they defer or decide not to do."

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