By Roger Cox, Editor
Set beside the James River within easy access of historic Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, Kingsmill Resort takes its name from one of the earliest settlers, Richard Kingsmill, a prominent member of the Virginia Company, which King James I charged with setting up a colony in North America. The 2,900-acre resort drapes across what was once a plantation. Originally developed in 1969, it now encompasses three 18-hole golf courses, a 15-court tennis complex, a spa and fitness center, a marina, river pool, spring and summer children's programs, conference facilities, four restaurants, and some 400 condos and cottages.
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Tennis director Dan McCain joined Kingsmill in 2019 with an extensive tennis resume that included college tennis at the University of Michigan (where he graduated with a degree in journalism and psychology), Division I coaching, Manager for Player Development for the USTA, and directing several clubs. He has put together a diverse program designed to meet the needs of every level of tennis player. To that end, he says, "We have hosted Doubles IQ clinics, Cardio tennis, Inter-club and Intra-club leagues and match play, USTA and UTR adult and junior tournaments, as well as a number of round robins, tennis socials, and charity events." He also started a junior program.
Courts & Fees. The facility consists of 13 spaciously laid out Har-Tru courts‐one of them a stadium‐as well as two hard courts and four pickleball courts. A large pro shop looks out across the complex from atop a grassy knoll, making the whole facility an attractive place to play. Court fees: $32/hour (full-day rates available).
Spa & Fitness
Golf Courses. Two 18-hole courses meander through the property: the Pete Dye-designed River Course, which borders the James River, and the Plantation Course, which Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay laid out through a landscape of water hazards, ravines, and deep woods.
Spa & Fitness Center. The spa offers a variety of Swedish and therapeutic treatments as well as hair and nail salons. There is also a well-equipped Fitness Center in the Sports Club that houses the tennis pro shop.
And ... There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools at the Sports Club as well as a lazy river near the James River. Bikes are available for use on property or through neighborhoods of Kingsmill. The marina on the James River has slips for 15 transient ships as well as well as a variety of rental watercraft including jet skis, kayaks, pontoon boats, paddle boards, and fishing poles. Finally, scenic running and walking paths lace the resort.
During spring and summmer, the resort runs an Explorers Kids Club that bundles sporting activities, swimming, arts and crafts, and other diversions for kids 5 to 12. It offers full-day (9 am-4 pm) and half-day options. Parents looking to entertain their children on their own can make use of nearby Busch Gardens amusement park.
Accommodations, which are scattered around the property in lowrise buildings, range from guest rooms and 1-to-3-bedroom kitchen-equipped condos to 3- and 4-bedroom cottages.
There are several dining options, including The Mill, a bakery and coffee shop adjacent to the tennis pro shop; the seasonal James Landing Grille alongside the James River; Eagles in the golf clubhouse; and Elements 1010 for casual family dining with views of the river.
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Season. Year-round, though tennis season (and the clay-court season) typically extends from March to November.
Travel Instructions. The nearest airport is Virginia's Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), which is 25 minutes' drive away. The alternatives are Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF), each about 50 minutes drive away
General Tourist Information. For information about the Williamsburg region, visit the Virginia Is For Lovers website.