In Volume 3 of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, Tom Doak published that:
“Adjacent to the old-money Williamsburg Inn, Golden Horseshoe was considered a top-of-the-line resort course in the 1960s, which just goes to show how high our standards have grown in the fifty years since it opened; the property seems small and cramped today. The focus of the course has always been the four short holes, all of which revolves around ponds in a deep ravine that runs through the center of the property; each has its own identity, but I’ve played dozens of classic courses with better sets of par-3’s. The 10th and the two finishing holes are among the more difficult two-shotters you’ll find on any resort course, but as usual with Mr. Jones’s work, the shorter par-4s don’t measure up to the same standard.”
The Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club received a score of 5 out of 10 from Tom Doak, and score of 5 and 6 out of 10 from two of his co-authors.