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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.

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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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First Kingsmill, then cruise lines…..

Andrew Todd wanted to captain more than just the nation’s largest park-concessions-management company.

Kingsmill Entrance SignAnd when Denver businessman Philip Anschutz purchased Xanterra Parks & Resorts in 2008, Todd got his wish. In the past few years, the venerable company has grown its revenues by 50 percent with acquisitions that include a high-end cruise-ship line, an adventure-travel company, a hotel and a golf resort with real estate it plans to develop.

After more than a century focused solely on national-park-concessions contracts — a business strategy that often saw the company waiting for new National Park Service contracts to emerge — the new business direction has injected fresh life into Xanterra, which traces its roots to the Fred Harvey Co. in 1876.

CEO Andrew Todd, who has been at the wheel of the company for 20 years, is steering the nation’s largest parks-concessions- management company to new horizons..

"There wasn’t a great appetite from the previous ownership to expand beyond our core," said Todd, who next year will mark his 20th year at the helm of Xanterra. "The good thing with the Anschutz Co. is that they have the capital and Phil’s willingness to invest and expand beyond our core business. With him, we can be very nimble and very quick on deals."

Xanterra purchased the 1,025-acre, three-golf-course Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., in 2010, marking its first step outside national parks. A year later, the Greenwood Village company affirmed its move beyond national parks with the purchase of Windstar Cruises.

This year, it added cruise company Seabourn’s three small luxury cruise ships to the Windstar fleet, rescuing the ships from financial distress. The company pumped $18 million into upgrades on the high-end sailing ships, and bookings have been climbing at double-digit percentages. Windstar has posted four consecutive years of revenue growth.

Read more: Xanterra Parks & Resorts is expanding beyond national park concessions – The Denver Post

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Grand waterfront home for sale in Kingsmill

Lan Cao wanted a home on the water, one that gave her an open and peaceful feel. She also wanted a community with a lot of amenities. She got all that and more when she bought her 8,500 square-foot Mediterranean-style house on a hill overlooking a pond at the residential resort community of Kingsmill on the James.

frontLan, an author and a professor at the William & Mary Law School, moved into the Kingsmill home in 2004 with her husband, Bill Van Alstyne, also a law professor, and daughter, Harlan, then two-years-old. Kingsmill’s location just three miles from Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary was a major attraction to the couple.

“The original owners, who had built the house, were Greek,” said Lan. “The entire first floor has no doors, except for one to the study. Instead, the rooms are separated by rows of arches. It makes the house feel very open and airy.”

foyer1In fact, arches are recurring features on both the inside and outside of the 1984 home. Its entrance is covered by an arched, two-story front porch. The 2,700 square feet of gracefully curved decking that wraps around the back of the house includes an arched brick barbeque alcove. Inside, the grand foyer opens to an unusual, double staircase rising to a wide, arched opening on the second floor; on the main level, the foyer has a double archway into the home’s great room. Floor- to- ceiling windows in many of the rooms, including the great room, maximize the gorgeous water views and add to the open feel of the home.

deck viewSurprisingly, the 6-bedroom, 6- bath home had several Asian-style features. “Cabinet handles, shades on the outdoor lighting, and some of the drapes had an Asian style,” said Lan.” Since I’m Asian, that fit for me.”

The home’s main floor includes a 28’ x 33’ great room with a nearly 30-foot-high ceiling and a striking, two-story sculptural white stone fireplace. Lan said she does not often use the huge room, but has hosted her law school’s “Supreme Court Preview” dinner for 80-100 academics and other guests there. “It’s a perfect space for entertaining,” she noted.

dining3The main level includes a dining room and a study with a fireplace and full bath. A main floor game room is equipped with a pool table, a ping pong table, and big screen TV. “My daughter likes playing her Wii there,” Lan noted.

The heart of the home is the eat-in kitchen and family room, which open to each other and share a fireplace. “It’s where we hang out as a family,” Lan said. “It’s my favorite spot in the house.”

kitchen1In the eight years the family has been in the house, they have changed little. “We did take out white flooring in the kitchen to replace it with terra cotta,” Lan said. “The white showed too much dirt.”

living5The couple also switched the kitchen cook top from electric to gas to accommodate Bill’s needs as the family cook. The kitchen is fully equipped with a Sub Zero refrigerator, double ovens, a beverage chiller, and a large, granite-topped center island. A brick accent wall includes an arched alcove that is home to the cook top.

masterAlthough Kingsmill has a beach and full-service marina, the couple added a small boat dock on their 1.44-acre property. The dock allows them to launch their small rowboat and kayak, and provides a convenient place to feed Jim and Ann, the pair of white swans that live on their pond. “The swans come when we call them,’” said Lan, laughing. “And, our standard poodle comes running when we say Jim and Ann are here.”

Kingsmill Pond does get more crowded in the spring, Lan added.”Every year one swan shows up and we worry that something might have happened to the other. Then, the other one reappears with 5 or 6 chicks in tow.”

aerialAs she had hoped when she bought the house, Lan finds living on the water very peaceful, at least most of the time. “There is a large eagle or hawk, a predator bird, that sits on a tall, straight tree in our yard. It sits very still and then dives down to catch a fish in the pond,” Lan said. The pond attracts wildlife that is fun to observe, especially from the deck and its ornate gazebo perched right above the water.

Kingsmill has three swimming pools, which the family often use. The gated community also offers 15 tennis courts, a club house with restaurants and a spa, and several playgrounds. Since Lan and her family are not golfers they don’t use the community’s three championship golf courses that recently led Kingsmill to be named one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest.

marinarestThe family does enjoy the biking and walking trails that wrap around the community. “The trails are very long, some of them are paved and some not. It could take an hour or two to make the trail’s loop,” Lan said.

bridge trailLan and her family are relocating to southern California. They have put their home on the market through John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf, who was recommended by Lan’s friend after John helped her buy a home.

“Right after the sale, my friend went to Canada,” Lan said. “ She was planning to replace her new home’s very stained carpeting with hardwood floors when she got back, and mentioned to John in a phone call that she couldn’t stand the idea that she’d have to come home and see that stained carpeting. When she returned from Canada, she found that John had gone in on his off hours and taken out all the stained carpeting. This was after the transaction was already done, and John had been paid. It impressed me that John is not only knowledgeable, but also decent and a nice guy.”

poolIt won’t be easy for Lan to leave her Kingsmill Pond home. “We travel a lot and the house is filled with mementos and photos from our trips,” Lan noted. “My daughter grew up in this house and there are memories here of each phase of her life.”

“We’ve enjoyed that this is not a formal house, it’s furnished for daily living,” Lan added. “This is an easy- to-live-in place.”

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Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

Xanterra looking to add many homes at Kingsmill

Xanterra the company that purchased Kingsmill Resort back in August of 2010 has filed a number of land use applications with James City County and seems to be poised to add a number of new home sites to the community,

Kingsmill SignFive subdivision plats were filed in February, according to county records. Most seem routine: One splits the York County portion of a parcel from its James City counterpart along Kingsmill Road. Another splits up a resort parking lot. A third encompasses more than 200 acres in and around the resort, but county planners have not been told there are any plans for development.

Another, roughly 270 acres around the Woods Course, will need to be rezoned to be part of the planned community before 90 or so planned homes can be added.

What was once intended to be an equestrian center and corral on 25 acres near the intersection of Kingsmill and Wareham’s Pond roads is being split into three parcels with a plan to build more homes.

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Xanterra issued a press release announcing  the sale of certain undeveloped land owned by  Busch Properties, Inc located in the Kingsmill on the James community in Williamsburg, VA. to Xanterra .

Busch Properties, Inc.will also sell its residential real estate brokerage company, Kingsmill Realty, Inc., to Kingsmill Resort Development,, another Xanterra affiliate

The sale of the  Busch Properties, Inc. assets to Xanterra and KRD is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013 and will result in the Kingsmill declarant and developer rights and Kingsmill Realty being reunited with Kingsmill Resort under common ownership as Xanterra acquired the 1,025-acre Kingsmill Resort in 2010.

In laymans terms Xanterra "will be able to add land and home sites to the community without a membership vote," according to a KCSA blast email to homeowners.

The other terms and conditions of the sale were not disclosed.

Acquisition of the undeveloped Kingsmill property and the brokerage company reaffirms Xanterra’s investment in and commitment to the Kingsmill community.  Since 2010, Xanterra has made numerous investments at Kingsmill Resort, including construction of the new James Landing Grill at the Kingsmill Marina and a new pool complex, as well as bringing back an LPGA tour event to the Resort.
"We are very excited about this acquisition.  We feel that this is a great opportunity to ensure that both the community’s and the Resort’s interests remain aligned and that the community as a whole continues to be successful well into the future,” said Andrew N. Todd, Xanterra’s president and CEO.
While Xanterra has already begun preliminary work on future development plans related to undeveloped areas on both Resort lands and the property to be purchased from BPI, Xanterra looks forward to working with the community’s master association (Kingsmill Community Services Association), James City County, and the community in general on these plans to make sure that community interests are ultimately aligned.

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Kingsmill to host House Republican Conference

entranceThe "high-profile event" Kingsmill will host this month will not be a repeat of the 2009 visit by President Barack Obama and the House Democratic Caucus. This year the resort will host the other side.

According to Gordon Neal, deputy press secretary for Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st), the House Republican Conference will visit Kingsmill for its annual retreat Jan. 16-18, 2013

While the event will be held in Wittman’s district, Neal said the congressman isn’t the host.

"All the details are being handled by the conference," he said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The Gazette first learned of the upcoming event when Kingsmill Executive Vice President Robin Carson notified residents the resort would be closed for most of the three-day event.

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Tickets on sale for the 2013 Kingsmill Championship

michelob open 1st tee Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Kingsmill Championship to be held April 29 – May 5, 2013, on the  River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Tickets, including a Special Holiday Promotion, are available here

General tickets start as low as $25. 

Kingsmill is offering a “special holiday promotion” through Dec. 31 that might be attractive for the golfer’s in your social circle.

$60 buys you a discounted grounds badge for tournament week – Wednesday through Sunday, May 1-5 – plus a complimentary green fee good for any of Kingsmill’s three courses. For $80, you get grounds and clubhouse access along with the green fee.

The complimentary green fee is available for use on all three Kingsmill Resort courses, valued up to $185.  These holiday gift offers will only be available until December 31st.

Throughout tournament week, Kids 17 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.  Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

kingsmill golf courseThe 2012 Kingsmill Championship had record-breaking crowds with more than 62,000 spectators watching the stars of the LPGA battle it out for the $1.3 million purse. With a stellar leaderboard and a 9-hole playoff, Jiyai Shin beat Paul Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship, ending the longest playoff between two players in LPGA history.

“We are excited to have the Kingsmill Championship during the new spring dates this year,” stated Wayne Nooe, Executive Director of the Kingsmill Championship. “The 2012 event was an exciting family-friendly atmosphere with great golf and we look forward to welcoming the best LPGA players from all over the world once again to Kingsmill Resort.”

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

About the Kingsmill Championship

The Kingsmill Championship is being staged April 29 – May 5, 2013 at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. 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.

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.

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James City County recognizes Kingsmill Resort

James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized Kingsmill Resort at its 19th annual Celebration of Business. Kingsmill Resort was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, given by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community.

James City County’s Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority (EDA) recognized Kingsmill Resort at its 19th annual Celebration of Business. Kingsmill Resort was this year’s recipient of the Captain John Smith Award, given by the County’s economic development team to a business, organization or individual for exemplary contributions in the James City County (JCC) business community.In presenting Kingsmill Resort the award, Roberts District Supervisor and 2012 Board Chairman, John McGlennon, noted the company has been a member of the JCC business community since the 1970s, “For more than 30 years, Kingsmill Resort has assisted in supporting a thriving tourism base for James City County and the Historic Triangle. Kingsmill Resort is the 2012 recipient of the Captain John Smith Award for their continued investment in James City County and their sustainable efforts at the resort.”

Receiving the award for Kingsmill Resort was Wayne Nooe, Vice President of Golf and Club Operations. Nooe stated, “On behalf of Kingsmill Resort, both Robin Carson and I thank you and your businesses for supporting the resort and events we have at Kingsmill. We are happy to be here in James City County and have had wonderful partnerships over the years.”

Kingsmill Resort was originally developed by Anheuser-Busch, but was sold to Xanterra Parks and Resorts in 2010. Xanterra is a privately-owned United States park and resort management company based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The resort hosted a total of 29 professional golf tournaments from 1981 through 2009, notably among them LPGA and PGA Tour events. In 2012, Kingsmill Resort announced the return of the LPGA to James City County with the inaugural Kingsmill Championship which was held in September 2012. The tournament event will be held again in May 2013.

The Celebration of Business is an appreciation event for existing companies in James City County. The event was held on Nov. 1, 2012 in the Jamestown Settlement’s Rotunda and Great Hall.

Photo Caption: L to R: Board of Supervisors Chair, John McGlennon; Kingsmill Resort, Wayne Nooe; Economic Development Authority Chair, Paul Gerhardt; JCC County Administrator, Robert C. Middaugh

About Kingsmill on The James

kingsmill resort in williamsburgKingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. 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, these range 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.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and 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.

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Kingsmill Resort earns TripAdvisor award

Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg VA announced Tuesday that it has earned a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade is awarded to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the world’s largest travel site. Awardees are required to maintain a traveler review rating of four out of a possible five, as well as meeting other criteria. “To know our guests enjoy their experience so much that they want to share it with other potential travelers is a great achievement for Kingsmill and we look forward to sharing this standard of excellence with our future guests,” said Richard Keurajian, Kingsmill’s vice president of sales & marketing.

Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.kingsmill resort in williamsburg

About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. 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 residents in Kingsmill, these range 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.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and 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.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

Tournament Week Schedule Announced at Kingsmill Championship

Brittany Lang, currently the 15th ranked player on the 2012 LPGA Tour Money List, was in Williamsburg yesterday for media day generating excitement surrounding the Kingsmill Championship. Lang, an up and coming star of the LPGA, was born in Richmond, VA, and is thrilled about the LPGA Tour returning to Kingsmill. Lang turned professional in 2005 and has recorded five top ten finishes in major championships, including a runner-up finish at the 2011 Women’s British Open. Lang recorded her first victory earlier this year at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, as she prevailed after a four-player playoff.

imageIn addition to highlighting Lang at media day, Kingsmill Resort’s Vice President of Sports Operations, Wayne Nooe, announced the tournament schedule and other special events surrounding the historic championship.  "We are excited to have the Kingsmill Championship returning to Kingsmill Resort and have planned several activities to entertain fans and their families throughout the week of the tournament," stated Nooe. "We hope that the entire community will come out to support the LPGA and such a great event for the area."

Tournament Week

The Kingsmill Championship’s event week schedule has been finalized. The on-course events will begin Monday, September 3rd, with the Open Qualifier to be held at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course. Starting at 7:00am on Wednesday, September 5th, the top 50 players in the field will kick-off the official Pro-Am. The first and second rounds of the Kingsmill Championship will take place on Thursday and Friday beginning at 7:00am and will be televised live on the Golf Channel from 12:30 – 2:30pm ET. The final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday will be televised live on the Golf Channel from 12:00 – 2:30pm and 2:00 – 5:00pm ET, respectively. Kingsmill Resort’s River Course will be open to all spectators beginning Monday, September 3, with free admission on Monday and Tuesday. Good-Any-Day tickets for Wednesday – Sunday begin at $25 and kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

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Ferraris on the James @ Kingsmill coming in October 2012

Ferraris on the james @ kingsmill-001Kingsmill Resort has assumed the host role of Ferraris on the James for 2012. Situated directly on the banks of the majestic James River, there is no finer setting for a display of Maranello’s works of mechanical art. Upwards of 50+ Ferraris are expected at the event. This promises to be one of next year’s most notable car shows. Mark your calendars now.

Public Events:

Saturday, October 13, 2012 * Gala Dinner * Ballroom * 7PM-10PM

Sunday, October 14, 2012 * Concours d’Elegance * River Course * Noon-3PM

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About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There is a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range 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, however, with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and 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.

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KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 TO FEATURE A STRONG FIELD

Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, and Se Ri Pak have joined the field for the highly anticipated return of the LPGA Tour to Williamsburg, VA, for the Kingsmill Championship September 3-9, 2012

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.Cristie Kerr, the 2005 and 2009 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill Champion, will return to Williamsburg having great success in the past at the renowned River Course.  Kerr has 14 career LPGA Tour victories, including two major championships (2007 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2010 LPGA Championship).  Kerr, currently ranked at number eight in the world, has earned over $13 million in career earnings (4th all time on the career money list) and was the number-one ranked golfer in the world for three time periods in 2010.  Kerr was awarded the Muhammad Ali Award for Sport Achievement last year for her fight against breast cancer through her Birdies for Breast Cancer charity initiatives.

Fan favorite, Paula Creamer, is currently in her eighth year on the LPGA Tour.  Creamer has earned nine career victories including one major championship at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2010.  Creamer has been ranked as high as number two in the Women’s Golf Rankings and currently sits at number 12.  Creamer is the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $3, $4, and $5 million marks in career earnings.

Lexi Thompson turned professional in 2010 at the age of 15.  The now seventeen-year-old Thompson has steadily climbed up the world rankings all the way to number 25.  In September of last year, the teenage phenom set a new record as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament at age 16 years, seven months, and eight days, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, AL.

Se Ri Pak, the South Korean standout, turned professional in 1996 at the age of nineteen.  Pak has enjoyed phenomenal success as a professional golfer, winning 25 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the 2004 Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill.  Pak has won five major championships (1998 U.S. Women’s Open, 2001 Weetabix Women’s British Open, and the 1998, 2002, and 2006 McDonald’s LPGA Championship) and is 6th all-time on the LPGA career money list with over $11 million in earnings.  In 2007, Se Ri Pak qualified for the World Golf Hall of Fame, becoming the youngest living entrant ever.

In addition to these proven and accomplished golfers, the Kingsmill Championship is proud to give a sponsor’s exemption to one of the newest professionals on the tour, Brooke Pancake.  Pancake was a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team who took home the 2012 NCAA National Championship.  She has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in GolfWeek and Golfstat over the last two years, and has been ranked as high as the number two amateur.  Pancake was given the honor to represent the United States this summer as a member of the 2012 Curtis Cup team.

“We are excited to announce the commitment of these outstanding athletes to play in the Kingsmill Championship,” says Kingsmill Resort Vice President of Sports Operations Wayne Nooe.  We are expecting the vast majority of the best players in the world to be in Williamsburg in September, and today’s announcement is a great start.”

KM River Golf CourseThe Kingsmill Championship will be held September 3 – 9, 2012 at Kingsmill Resort on the historic River Course.  Tickets are on sale now.  For more information on the Kingsmill Championship, including advertising and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.thekingsmillchampionship.com.

The Kingsmill Championship  will be the 30th professional tour event contested over the Pete Dye-designed River Course. The PGA Tour visited 22 times in the 1980s and 1990s. Players who triumphed here include Calvin Peete, Fuzzy Zoeller, Lanny Wadkins, David Duval and David Toms.

The first LPGA tournament at Kingsmill Resort took place in 2003. LPGA Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak as well as major champions Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Grace Park include victories at Kingsmill in their impressive resumes.
About Kingsmill on The James

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There is a wide variety of  housing choices available for residents in Kingsmill, these range 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, however, with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and 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.

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Kingsmill Makeover Updates June 2012

river course at kingsmill williamsburg vaBy Bill O’Donovan VA gazette

Residents of Kingsmill were assured this week that ambitious plans to upgrade the resort are long-term and partially subject to county review.
Unlike last summer’s promotional rollout of a mega-million-dollar plan for rebuilding the resort and putting homes in infill sections, two briefings on Wednesday with hundreds of homeowners seemed cautious and conciliatory.
Gary Raymond of the design-consulting firm Winding Road LLC took great pains to stress that the plans extend out ten years “as a vision,” and will be “driven by market conditions” of supply and demand. That would suggests the 200-room hotel and new conference center are further down the road.
Two of three new residential sections will require rezoning and thus get a full public airing at hearings, at some unspecified date.

Earlier, KCSA president Tom Cucuel emphasized that the homeowners association “has not entered yet into any agreement about future development with Xanterra Parks & Resort,” the new owner of Kingsmill Resort. As a result, the new homes would not automatically fall under KCSA, but Raymond expressed Xanterra’s eagerness to join.

That’s important, because otherwise scores of new homes would fall outside the homeowner covenants and get a free ride for neighborhood amenities, primarily the community’s roads. Cucuel clarified that unless Xanterra agrees and the residents vote them in, the developer is exempt from the protective covenants that distinguish the planned community.
His comments pointed up how KCSA stands at arm’s length from the new developer. He said his board “is doing a lot of due diligence” about Xanterra’s plans but stressed they have a “symbiotic relationship” in which both sides want the other to be successful.

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Tickets now available for Kingsmill Championship

The Kingsmill Championship is considered to be one of the premier golf tournaments on the LPGA Tour. Kingsmill Resort first hosted the event in 2003 and has had past champions that include Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park, Karrie Webb and two-time champion Cristie Kerr.Kingsmill Resort announced today that tickets for the upcoming Kingsmill Championship are now on sale.  The championship will welcome back the world’s best women golfers to the renowned River Course on Sept. 6-9.

The Kingsmill Championship is considered to be one of the premier golf tournaments on the LPGA Tour. Kingsmill Resort first hosted the event in 2003 and has had past champions that include Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park, Karrie Webb and two-time champion Cristie Kerr.

Current LPGA stars who are expected to compete for the $1.3 million purse are Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, Ai Miyazato and many more. The championship will be seen in over 100 countries with more than 8 hours of live TV coverage on The Golf Channel.

image“We are excited to be back in Williamsburg, at Kingsmill Resort.  This is an exciting day for the Hampton Roads area, a place known for its enthusiastic galleries.” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner. “On the LPGA, we challenge fans to See Why It’s Different Out Here and we hope everyone has a chance to come out and see the most approachable athletes in sport.”

. Tickets start as low as $25 for Good-Any-Day Grounds and $35 for Clubhouse Tickets.  Spectators can also purchase a Weekly Badge good for access to the tournament all five days of play, along with a complimentary greens fee on the River, Plantation or Woods Course.  Kids 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.   Active-duty military members, police officers and firefighters and one guest receive complimentary grounds admission Wednesday – Friday when a valid I.D. is presented at the tournament entrance.

Tickets and more information can be found here

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New Waterfront Restaurant To Open @ Kingsmill June 2012

James Landing Grille

imageConstruction is underway on the new two story restaurant at the Marina in Kingsmill Resort!

Soon to be open year-round, James Landing Grille will be a scenic spot where family and friends gather to enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, while enjoying the beautiful sunsets over the James River.

All foundation work and floors are complete and walls are now being erected. The new restaurant will feature an indoor/outdoor bar, indoor dining on two levels and a great new menu! Of course the fabulous deck seating and entertainment will also return along with the spectacular view!

In addition to the restaurant, the new ship store is also coming together. The new store, located adjacent to the restaurant, will have showers and restrooms for Kingsmill boaters and beach goers. The store will also provide necessities for a day on the river or Wareham’s pond. With the opening of the store in April, jet-ski and pontoon boat rentals will also be back this year, operated from this new facility.

This will be the only riverfront dining experience in  Williamsburg and a highlight of any visit to Kingsmill Resort.

  Planned opening: June, 2012.

view from the restaurant in kingsmillPlans below show a huge outdoor deck easily 10 times  large than the old one. This is one of the first phases of the long-term expansion plans announced back in July 2010.

Kingsmill’s multi-million-dollar master plan has been designed to complement the great facilities that already exist at the resort, while capitalizing on its convenient and scenic location along the beautiful James River.

Stay tuned for more updates and see you at the opening of James Landing Grille ! I am thinking this could become my favorite place to dine in the burg.

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Hinckley’s future in Williamsburg VA

John W. Hinckley, Jr. nearly killed a sitting president. Today, in a Washington DC courthouse , his hospital and attorney are fighting to get Hinckley more free time in Williamsburg. Eventually, they want him to live permanently in Williamsburg’s gated Kingsmill community.

Neighbors in Williamsburg cringe at the thought. They’re now speaking out with their concerns.
"I don’t really believe that Mr. Hinckley ought to be able to move freely period," Robert Camp told 10 On Your Side’s David Culver. It’s taken a lot for Robert Camp to say those words aloud. For three years he’s kept quiet, worried about his name being attached to a story — a story about an attempted assassin living among us.
Camp lives a few house over from an 86-year-old woman who neighbors say keeps to herself. She’s not the problem. It’s her son: John Hinckley, Jr. Neighbors call him an unwelcomed visitor. Camp has come face-to-face with Hinckley several times.
"In every instance he was walking the street in our community … alone." Camp said.
Pam Michael also lives in Kingsmill. She and Camp didn’t know each other before a 10 On Your Side interview. Although they were both reluctant to speak in public, they broke their silence for fear of what would happen if Hinckley were released full-time into their community.

"I could not imagine that Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan or John Wilkes Booth would be welcomed in any neighborhood in this country," Michael said.

Unlike those assassins, Hinckley did not kill Reagan, but he came close.
Camp worries about the unknown saying, "I don’t think anybody knows what he is capable of if he is not on medication, if he’s not supervised."

Hinckley’s visits to Williamsburg started as supervised, short trips in 2006. Since then he’s had more free time.

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So Who Owns Kingsmill Resort ?

Philip Anschutz, whose Xanterra Company purchased the Kingsmill Resort , is profiled in an article in Monday’s issue of  the New Yorker.

The Man Who Owns L.A.

A secretive mogul’s entertainment kingdom.

Anschutz, who is seventy-two, owns A.E.G. and has an estimated net worth of seven billion dollars, according to Forbes. He has made his fortune in oil and gas, real estate, railroads, telecommunications, and sports and entertainment. He is one of the largest landowners in the U.S., and his empire of more than a hundred and fifty companies, nearly all privately held, is worldwide. Anschutz, who lives in Denver, is intensely private and does little to publicize his ownership of A.E.G. or any of his other business activities….

Anschutz,  hasn’t spoken to a journalist on the record since 1974

Here’s a snippet from the online abstract of the article in Monday’s issue.

LPGA Returns to Kingsmill in 2012

River Course KingsmillThe  LPGA came up with one more addition before unveiling its full 2012 schedule, returning to another former stronghold with a return to Kingsmill Resort , near Williamsburg , VA after a two-year hiatus.

The LPGA schedule — which the tour will officially release later Tuesday — for now will feature 27 events, up from 23 last year, and includes the $1.3 million Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., which will be sponsored by Kingsmill and Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the resort’s owner. The tournament will be played Sept. 6-9 this year — and will return in 2013 to a traditional early May date,  according to the LPGA.

“We are truly thrilled to bring the world’s best golfers back to Kingsmill, where the LPGA has such a great history,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “As our players will attest, Kingsmill is a premier venue and we all look forward to working closely with the resort’s new owner, Xanterra, on this tournament. In 2012, the LPGA’s motto is “See Why It’s Different Out Here,” and we hope that fans and media will have the opportunity to find out for themselves.”

The LPGA visited Kingsmill on an annual basis from 2003-2009 for the Michelob Ultra Open, which was enormously popular with players and enthusiastically embraced by fans. The Michelob Ultra Open was one of the most visible casualties of the 2008 acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, which at the time was Kingsmill’s parent company, by European brewing conglomerate InBev. A corporate decision to refocus promotional energy and reallocate sponsorship dollars was primarily responsible for the tournament’s demise.

Players mourned the loss of the Michelob Ultra Open. The $2.2 million event, widely recognized as the LPGA’s "fifth major," unfolded each year in an atmosphere of elegant efficiency. Its field was invariably strong. Its list of champions included some of the most lustrous names in women’s golf: Se Ri Pak (2004), Karrie Webb (2006), Annika Sorenstam (2008) and Cristie Kerr (2005 and 2009).

The new tournament will attempt to construct a legacy of its own. Some connections to past glory remain — Michelob Ultra Open tournament director Wayne Nooe is expected to fill the same role for the Kingsmill Championship — but other ties have vanished. Kingsmill, the event’s title sponsor, is no longer affiliated with Anheuser-Busch. The resort was sold in 2010 to Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a Denver-based hospitality management company.

The Kingsmill Championship marks the most recent foray into professional tournament golf for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, having hosted LPGA, PGA and Senior PGA events at properties that it has previously managed,Silverado Resort, Napa, Calif.; or that are currently managed through affiliated properties including The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sea Island, Ga.

“We are very excited about the LPGA’s decision to return to Kingsmill Resort,” said Andrew Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra. “Kingsmill’s history as a host of an LPGA tournament was one of the factors we found attractive when we purchased the resort, and it has been a goal of ours to reestablish a relationship with the LPGA and help bring a tournament back to Kingsmill Resort and Williamsburg. We look forward to hosting the players again and presenting a first-class event on our challenging River Course.”

Xanterra acquired Kingsmill Resort from Busch Properties, Inc. on August 1, 2010. Currently, Xanterra is undertaking a $6 million renovation of the resort, including a new resort pool complex and renovations to the marina restaurant and other resort facilities.

In addition to adding four new North American events and one new international event to the 2012 schedule, the LPGA recently announced the renewal of eight of the nine tournament contracts that ended in 2011 and 10 of 11 marketing partnerships that also required new contracts. In addition to these extended agreements, the LPGA has added Kia as its Official Automotive Partner, Frontier Airlines as its Official Airline and MedJet Assist as its Official Medical Evacuation Program. Additionally, Symetra signed on as umbrella partner of the LPGA Futures Tour, now called the Symetra Tour.

 

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Kingsmill Hosts USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament October 2nd–9th 2011

The Kingsmill Tennis Club in Williamsburg VA will once again be the host site for the 2011 Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament  This year’s event will be the third year we have held a women’s professional tennis tournament at Kingsmill. Based on  past years experiences, you can expect another week of great tennis from up-and-coming female players from all over the world.

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LPGA commissioner sees brighter days ahead, possibly at Kingsmill

rivercoursekm_edited-1The sponsor-first mentality introduced to the LPGA by commissioner Mike Whan is creating positive vibrations that could one day be felt in Williamsburg and Kingsmill Resort.

Whan, visiting the LPGA Futures Tour’s Eagle Classic during an off-week on the main tour’s schedule, said Thursday that "dialogue is ongoing with Kingsmill" regarding the possible return of the women’s tour to the sprawling resort on the lower James River.

Kingsmill and Anheuser-Busch played host to a popular LPGA tournament from 2003-2009.

Sponsorship was withdrawn following the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by European brewing conglomerate InBev.

"That’s not to say that anything is imminent," Whan said. "But we’re talking. There’s mutual interest. The thing we need to do now is figure out the finances that will let us pull it off."
 
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Kingsmill Expansion Plans Announced

Entrance to Kingsmill Williamsburg VAXanterra , the Colorado-based resort management company that now owns Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has  unveiled it’s ambitious long term plans for the future of Kingsmill.

The first projects to be undertaken include construction of a two-story restaurant at the marina, a luxurious family-oriented swimming pool complex where the current Bray Links par-3 golf course exists and redesign of the current fitness center and swimming pool.

Kingsmill will refurbish and expand the resort under an ambitious master plan designed to draw more people here and keep them longer. Parcels of unused land will be filled in while still preserving the large amounts of green space that define Kingsmill.

Highlights of the expansion at Kingsmill include:

* New marina and restaurant.

* Family swimming complex.

* New 210-room hotel.

* Second conference center.

* Restaurants along Route 60.

* Home sites on Woods Course.

* Condos on the River Course.

* Cottages along the river.

* More walk able accessibility.

* Renovated main building.

* Redesigned tennis center.

* Reconfigured pool setting.

Marina – First up, the outdoor restaurant will be razed to develop a larger, year-round restaurant extending to a second story, with 85 seats under roof. The kingsmill restaurant today is limited by weather and season. The deck will be expanded for more tables as well. The site will still be accessible by car, but by the river walkway as well. Roads leading to the boat ramp will be narrowed, and the beach will be expanded for volleyball and other activities. The marina may get an additional dock to handle more transient and resident boats, if dredging allows. Raymond characterized that as a “future project.”

Swimming – Next to break ground, three new kingsmill pools will displace the existing pool. They will have a lazy river ride and a sandy beach with palm trees, as well as a snack bar. To make way, the Bray Links 9-hole Course will disappear in favor of mini-golf elsewhere. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Hotel – 210 rooms will eventually be built in four stories in a rectangular building along the 18th kingsmill fairway and pond, where visitors can see the final shots of approaching golfers. The allusion was to a future pro tour event, replacing the LPGA and PGA tours. A new restaurant and lounge are planned, as well as a new golf pro shop. The hotel will link to the existing conference center by covered walkway.

New Conference Center – Com­prising 15,000 square feet, it will rise three stories in a similar rectangle. It will double existing space and open Kingsmill up to significant new business. Carson, said, “We’re woefully short of meetings space, especially for trade shows.” A pier will be built below the new Conference Center for bigger ships, handling dinner cruises and the like.

Existing Conference Center – It will be redesigned with a more friendly lobby. Moody’s lounge upstairs will be opened up for more natural light and to take advantage of “some of the best views of the whole resort,” Raymond said. A large lawn behind the main building will be designed for tented wedding receptions and outdoor events.

Frontage – To raise the profile of the resort, up to 60,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants are envisioned along the main entrance on Route 60, “to bring the resort to the road,” Raymond said. Half of the available 18 acres will be reserved for maintenance and employee parking, where they will be shuttled. This is the site of the original boat tarmac, next to the brewery.

Home sites – Raymond alluded to reports in the Gazette that the Woods Course at kingsmill might be scrapped for houses. “Not quite,” he quipped. Instead, four golf holes will be repositioned to open up 95 lots. “If you really want to protect the Woods Course, then building homes along it will prevent it from going away.”

River Course ––18 condos are planned on land that separates the first and second holes from the eighth and ninth. In addition, homes are planned along the fifth and sixth holes near Harrop’s Glen, and the nearby boat/RV tarmac will be transformed into a cul de sac of houses. More dramatic are nearly three dozen home sites bordering the 16th and 17th holes of the River Course, as well as a hole on the Plantation Course.

Cottages – There was room for 85 at 2,400 square feet each, but Philip Anschutz, whose development company owns Xanterra, walked the property and insisted on preserving the trees at kingsmill, so the number was reduced to 33. Five smaller cottages in the spirit of the cabins at Augusta National are planned on the site of the golf putting green, which will be moved.

Tennis – The 15 courts have “very little utilization,” which will change by developing destination packages that include lessons and the other Kingsmill amenities.

Golf Club – It will remain largely the same for now except that the restaurant will be reconfigured for more casual dining. The Sports Center at kingsmill in the existing Conference Center will be upgraded.

The new resort hotel building will sit to the south of and on the site of the current Eagles restaurant and lounge as well as the golf pro shop. Timing for the new hotel has not been finalized. Various other upgrades such as a new entrance and walkways throughout the resort are also planned. 

Kingsmill Resort Expansion plansKingsmill’s multi-million-dollar master plan has been designed to complement the great facilities that already exist at the resort, while capitalizing on its convenient and scenic location along the beautiful James River. Already one of the best resorts along the east coast, the planned improvements will raise Kingsmill’s profile yet again for business, meeting and leisure travelers. “This plan has something for all of our guests, whether they are on business, enjoying a family vacation, getting married or having a golf getaway,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Kingsmill Resort operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before. Kingsmill hosts dozens of weddings every year, and now our couples will have even more choices for staging the wedding of their dreams. And golfers will certainly like the new pro shop and restaurant.”

 

UPDATE JUNE 2012
Two of three new residential sections will require rezoning and thus get a full public airing at hearings, at some unspecified date. 
KCSA  the homeowners association “has not entered yet into any agreement about future development with Xanterra Parks & Resort,” the new owner of Kingsmill Resort. As a result, the new homes would not automatically fall under KCSA, but Raymond expressed Xanterra’s eagerness to join. That’s important, because otherwise scores of new homes would fall outside the homeowner covenants and get a free ride for neighborhood amenities, primarily roads. Cucuel clarified that unless Xanterra agrees and the residents vote them in, the developer is exempt from the protective covenants that distinguish the planned community. 

Busch Properties still retains pockets of land for future home sites, and it owns the Kingsmill half of the Country Road, which Colonial Williamsburg closed when it sold Carter’s Grove Plantation. Kingsmill Resort general manager Robin Carson said, “Nobody is pushing anybody off the use of the road, but nobody is doing any maintaining. There are ‘Use At Your Own Risk’ signs that say this.”

Xanterra has just completed the new James Landing Grille at the marina, which is scheduled for a soft opening this weekend.

Construction of a pool and “lazy river” entertainment section and outdoor bar behind the resort will be ready later this summer. The indoor pools of the Sports Center have been refurbished as well. 

Two proposed sections of cottages have stirred some grumbling for potentially blocking the views of those living in Moody’s Run and Burwell’s Landing. Raymond said some of the cottages have been trimmed from two stories to one. Other residents have worried that small cottages would hurt the property values of big houses nearby. One set of cottages between the 16th hole of the River Course and 18th hole of the Plantation Course has been upgraded to “River Estates” of large houses, comparable to existing homes. Around 20 home sites in three small sections are planned between holes 5 and 6 of the River Course, near Harrop’s Glen. Raymond stipulated they would be subject to rezoning and public hearings. Another 95 homes are planned on the Woods Course as holes 12-15 are repositioned. Raymond said the home sites would border the course as it’s reconfigured

Master Plan Kingsmill Williamsburg
Kingsmill will be applying for a variety of county permits and has scheduled several meetings with area residents and homeowners associations to share its “master plan” for resort upgrades and development of real estate within the Kingsmill community. The first meeting was held Thursday, July 21, 2011.

proposed river club cottages at kingsmill Several parcels of land are already zoned and under consideration for development, added Taylor. Timing has not been determined for such development. Artists’ renderings and other graphic displays providing more details of the projects will be on display in the Kingsmill Resort lobby beginning the last week of July.

"This plan has something for all of our guests, whether they are on business, enjoying a family vacation, getting married or having a golf getaway,” said Gordon Taylor, vice president of Kingsmill Resort operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our new pool facilities will have the bells and whistles that keep kids happily entertained, while the new hotel and conference facilities will make doing business at Kingsmill more seamless than ever before. Kingsmill hosts dozens of weddings every year, and now our couples will have even more choices for staging the wedding of their dreams. And golfers will certainly like the new pro shop and restaurant.”

residences on river courseThe long-term plan is to be phased in gradually over seven to 10 years.

Other additions to the resort will include a  Second conference center., Restaurants along Route 60, Home sites on Woods Course., Condos on the River Course, Cottages along the river, Renovated main building., Redesigned tennis center. 18 condos are planned on the River Course Homes are also planned along the fifth and sixth holes near Harrop’s Glen, Home sites – 95 home sites on the Woods Course m 30+ home sites are to border the 16th and 17th holes of the River Course, as well as a hole on the Plantation Course.

The new master plan for Kingsmill was created by  Winding Road Development Company LLC, a full service resort real estate company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona who was hired to work on the envisioning and delivery of the New Kingsmill  experience.

The Winding Road Development team specializes in creating unique destination places where visions turn into realities. Their team has a long history and experience in resort developments and has worked on world class resorts such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada as well as one of the world’s largest ski resort destinations – Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia not to mention numerous golf courses, hotel developments and resort communities around the world.

 click here to visit the Winding Road Development Company website

 

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Why did the Virginia courts determine that Kingsmill HOA should not transition to homeowner control of the Board of Directors?

By John Tarley Esq.
Entrance to Kingsmill Williamsburg VAOver the course of the past few years, homeowners in the Williamsburg development of Kingsmill on the James have become more vocal over the continued control by the community’s developer, Busch Properties, Inc. In May 2010, Kingsmill resident and William & Mary Law School professor Donald Tortorice filed a lawsuit against Busch Properties. On August 20, 2010, the Williamsburg/James City Circuit Court heard the demurrer filed by Busch Properties. The court granted the demurrer. Tortorice appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court. The Court declined to hear Tortorice’s appeal. Tortorice filed a petition for rehearing that the Court refused to hear by an order dated June 16, 2011. Tortorice fired one more shot, summarizing his arguments in an essay to the Virginia Gazette. If the issue is as clear as Tortorice writes, why didn’t any court grant the relief he requested?

The Kingsmill Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions (“Declaration”) provides three classes of membership. Busch Properties is the Class C member, and according to the Declaration, shall remain a Class C member until “it no longer desires to be a Class C member.”

The Declaration provides that the Class C member shall appoint six members to the Board of Directors, and the lot owners shall elect three members to the Board. This composition of the Board of Directors shall continue until the Class C membership expires. Therefore, Busch Properties maintains the majority of members on the Board of Directors.

Tortorice argued that the Virginia Code, as interpreted by the Virginia Attorney General in an unrelated case, provided support for the court to rule that the lot owners of Kingsmill should control the Board of Directors. He based his argument upon Va. Code Ann. § 55-509.2. That section, entitled “Documents to be provided by declarant upon transfer of control,” provides as follows:

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A KINGSMILL ELECTION – INTEGRITY IS AT STAKE

The following is an editorial written by Don Tortorice  a resident of Kingsmill and a professor at the William & Mary Law School.  He was given the Walter Williams Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Devotion to Law by the law school’s graduating class of 2009.

This year, there is a crucial election of two of four KCSA resident directors to the Kingsmill homeowners’ association board.  We have an opportunity to elect two members who can truly give voice to the concerns of Kingsmill residents. 

For more than thirty years, Busch Properties has directed the operation and expenses of what is supposed to be our homeowner association.  However, KCSA has never had its own employees.  Rather, the KCSA employees have been Busch employees, paid and directed by Busch Properties.

For more than thirty years, Busch has provided administrative and maintenance services to KCSA under an oral, cost-plus contract under which Busch guaranteed to itself a profit.  Last year, for the first time, the board decided to have a written contract for KCSA services and appointed the four resident-elected directors to negotiate a contract for those services.  Did they did go to the national market for competing bids?  No, they did not. They did something any responsible business person would find incredible.  They negotiated with and came to an agreement with one party – Busch Properties.  And, in concluding the agreement, the committee of resident-elected directors, even though they were acting as fiduciaries over the $4 Million budget of KCSA, conducted every one of its meetings in secrecy.

The tragedy of current governance by the KCSA board is not simply that it continues to be dominated by Busch Properties appointees, but that the directors who were elected by Kingsmill residents have been quietly and consistently complicit with the Busch majority, notwithstanding that:

  • Busch owns fewer than 5% of the lots in Kingsmill

  • Busch contributes no money to the KCSA budget because the covenants written by Busch exempt its lots from KCSA assessment

  • KCSA spends hundreds of thousands of homeowners’ dollars in landscaping and irrigation to create a beautiful environment in which Busch sells those lots

  • The KCSA board has responded to persons dissenting from their policies by threatening letters from their lawyer – delivered by the Kingsmill police.

Although they sit as fiduciaries, the KCSA board, through its legal counsel, has refused resident requests for fundamental information, such as: a list of KCSA employees; a list of KCSA members and addresses; material invoices from Busch Properties to KCSA; a schedule of KCSA assets; copies of minutes of the KCSA contingency planning committee; and invoices for legal services paid by KCSA.

We need desperately to have resident directors with substance and integrity to represent truly the interests of Kingsmill residents.  I recommend that you cast your vote for the following persons who I believe have substance and integrity to stand up for Kingsmill.  They are Richard Gould and John Niland.

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Xanterra closes on purchase of Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg

20090828182150319518000000-oEffective August 1, 2010, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, owned by Denver-based Anschutz Company, has purchased and assumed management of Kingsmill Resort. Xanterra purchased the resort from Busch Properties, Inc. (BPI).

Located in Williamsburg, Va., Kingsmill Resort includes 422 rooms; six restaurants; a 17,000-square-foot conference center; full-service spa and fitness center; marina; and 15-court tennis center. The resort is also widely known for its three award-winning championship golf courses and its executive nine-hole course.

Xanterra is the largest concessioner with the National Park Service and a leader in the hospitality industry, managing resorts, lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in national parks, state parks and destination resorts. The 027289Acompany also is a leader in environmental stewardship, and its programs and accomplishments have resulted in numerous prestigious awards from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Hotel & Motel Association and many other governmental agencies, tourism entities and environmental organizations.

“We are pleased to complete the purchase of Kingsmill Resort, and we eagerly look forward to managing such a prestigious property,” said Xanterra President and CEO, Andrew Todd. “This resort complements our existing portfolio of lodges and resorts, and we look forward to continuing the resort’s commitment to excellent service and exceptional product quality.”

Todd added that Xanterra has no immediate plans for major changes to the resort property or staffing. The company will work closely with the resort’s constituent groups including ownership, employees, membership and the property’s homeowner associations as future plans are developed.This sale does not impact BPI’s realty or residential operations or its role with the Kingsmill Community Services Association.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Kingsmill Resort has been Sold ! Williamsburg VA

Kingsmill Williamsburg VAA resort management firm owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz has reached a deal to purchase Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Busch Properties Inc. announced Monday.

The sale, expected to close by next month, adds the prominent Williamsburg-area golf resort to Anschutz’s sprawling portfolio, which ranges from Regal Cinemas to the Los Angeles Lakers. Anschutz is the world’s 123rd-richest person with an estimated $6 billion of wealth, according to Forbes’ latest listing of the world’s billionaires.

With a fortune built on energy, he later invested in transportation, telecommunications, real estate, entertainment and sports.

027289AAside from a minority stake in the Lakers, he has become the patron of U.S. professional soccer, helping co-found Major League Soccer, owning at least two MLS teams and bringing English star David Beckham to play for his Los Angeles Galaxy. He also owns the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings.

Through Anschutz Entertainment Group, he also owns venues where these teams and others play, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AEG also is a live concert promoter and backed Michael Jackson’s stillborn comeback.

In 2008, his Denver-based holding company, the Anschutz Company, bought Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc., which is primarily known for operating concessions in national parks such as the Grand Canyon.

Xanterra is now acquiring Kingsmill.

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill is among the non-core assets that Belgian brewer InBev announced it planned to sell after purchasing Anheuser-Busch in 2008. Busch Properties had been marketing the resort since September.

In October, the company sold Busch Entertainment Corp. and its 10 amusement parks, including Busch Gardens and Water Country USA near Williamsburg. The theme park company was purchased by private equity firm Blackstone Group for $2.7 billion in a deal announced in October.

"Our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property," Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties, said in a news release. "Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the long-kingsmil lsports clubstanding commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill."

InBev plans to keep Anheuser-Busch’s 12 breweries, including one in Williamsburg. That location employs about 870 people and, according to the company website, produces 297.6 million gallons of beer and malt liquor a year.

 

Xanterra is the largest concessioner with the National Park Service and a leader in the hospitality industry, managing resorts, lodges, restaurants, gift shops, tours and activities in national parks, state parks and destination resorts.  The company also is a leader in environmental stewardship, and its programs and accomplishments have resulted in numerous prestigious awards from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Hotel & Motel Association and many other governmental agencies, tourism entities and environmental organizations.

kingsmill_resort"Since first announcing our intent to sell Kingsmill, our goal has been to find a buyer that will enhance the long-term value of the resort and maintain the Kingsmill assets as a premier resort property," said Michael Taylor, president of Busch Properties, Inc.  "After a lengthy and thorough search process, I am pleased to announce we have far exceeded those expectations in a buyer that is the perfect fit for this exceptional property.  Xanterra is widely recognized as an industry leader in park and resort hospitality, and we look forward to the company continuing the longstanding commitment to quality, service and stewardship that distinguishes Kingsmill."

When the sale is final, Xanterra will have bought a 422-room resort, six restaurants, a 16,991-square-foot conference center, a full-service spa and fitness center, marina and 15 tennis courts. Also part of the deal are the resort’s best known features — its three championship golf courses.

The golf courses have hosted 29 PGA and LPGA tour events, and until 2009 hosted the Michelob Championship women’s golf tournament. The $330,000 tournament ended its 22-season run when Anheuser-Busch pulled its sponsorship in September 2009.

The Kingsmill Resort golf courses have been recognized repeatedly by top golf publications and other entities, with the River Course, being named one of the "Top 10 Golf Courses in Virginia."  The Plantation Course was named one of the "Top 10 Best Courses for Women" by Golf for Women Magazine, and the Woods Course was named one of "America’s Best Resort Courses."

"Kingsmill is one of the country’s premier resorts, and we are very excited to acquire such a high-caliber resort that complements our existing portfolio of properties and is consistent with the expansion of our company," said Andrew Todd, Xanterra president and CEO.  "We greatly respect Busch Properties’ longstanding commitment of excellence to the resort and the surrounding community, and we will build on that tradition. We place great value in the employees, condominium owners, members and the resort’s other tremendous assets and look forward to being part of this prestigious property."

"Our evaluation of the resort began with the hiring of commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis last September to explore a potential sale, and as we reach the culmination of this process we are very excited about the future of the resort and the community," Taylor said.

Busch will still manage the development and realty operations of the residential area. At a Board of Directors meeting last month, Kingsmill Community Services Association President Robin Carson announced Busch planned to end its management as of Dec. 31

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