8 must-play mountain golf courses
Find your mountain game on these 8 bucket-list mountain golf courses:
1. Pipestem Resort State Park
Take your pick from 2 challenging courses. The 18-hole, par-72 championship course is open year round and has sweeping views of Bluestone Canyon, while the Short Course is a 9-hole, par-3 adventure. A resident PGA Pro can help you with lessons, or schedule some tournament play through the Pro shop.
2. Resort at Glade Springs
Glade’s unlimited golf packages include overnight accommodations, club cleaning and storage facilities, range balls, full breakfast and access to tennis courts— all at affordable rates. The 4,100-acre full-service resort has luxurious accommodations, a full-service spa, recreational activities and plenty of dining options, many overlooking the famous Cobb Course, which will keep you on your toes with 200 feet of elevation change and loads of bunkers and lakes.
3. Stonewall Resort State Park
Get the Arnold Palmer experience at Stonewall’s course designed by the master himself. Multiple tee selections at each hole give golfers of all skill levels a comfortable experience. Introduced in 2015, the King Course overlaps the Palmer course, but has a set of tees that give players the option of a 2,600-yard short course.
4. Crispin at Oglebay Resort
Open year round and built for all skill levels, this 5,670-yard course has been a favorite of locals for more than 50 years. After your game, stop by Oglebay Resort & Conference Center’s Hamm Clubhouse for a fully stocked pro shop and on-site pro. The course’s location in the heart of the resort gives players a view of the hillsides as they change with each season.
5. Speidel at Oglebay Resort
Another course designed by Arnold Palmer, the Speidel is a par 71 with 6 par-3 holes, 7 par-4 holes and 5 par-5 holes. Designed for all skill levels, the course ranges from 6,800 yards from the championship tees up to 4,200 yards from the forward tees. Bunkers, mounding and generous greens makes the most of the surrounding terrain. The practice range features grass tees, matted tees and a chipping green bordered by 2 sand bunkers.
6. Pete Dye at Bridgeport
Ranked 45th on on Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” and 9th on Golfweek’s “Best Modern Courses,” this course covers 250 acres of rugged landscape and Dye’s trademark earth sculptures. Enjoy a skillfully designed course that incorporates mining remnants and wild terrain. It will test you from the opening shot to the final putt.
7. Cacapon Resort State Park
Rated as one of the 130 best-designed courses in America by Golf Digest, the Cacapon course includes 3 ponds, small streams and 73 sand bunkers. Schedule private and group lessons from the full-time PGA golf pro and the part-time LPGA teaching professional on site. Cacapon is open year-round.
8. Canaan Valley Resort
Nestled away in the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, Canaan Valley Resort is the ultimate scenic getaway in all 4 seasons. The 18-hole, par-72 course is exciting enough for veteran golfers, but still approachable to beginners. The professionally groomed fairways and lush greens have 65 sand bunkers and 8 water hazards, plus a practice facility complete with a driving range, putting green, sand bunker and chipping green.
This post was last updated on July 27, 2020