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Road Trip! Destination: W.Va. golf spots

| Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 8:11 p.m.
The Greenbrier
The lush Greenbrier course
Stonewall Resort
The sixth hole at the Stonewall Resort
The Resort at Glade Springs
The 16th hole at Cobb golf course at The Resort at Glade Springs
The Resort at Glade Springs
Cobb-Stonehaven Clubhouse at The Resort at Glade Springs
The Resort at Glade Springs
The Resort at Glade Springs freatures two public courses including Woodhaven.
The Resort at Glade Springs
The 18th hole at Cobb Course, a semi-privatecourse at The Resort at Glade Springs
Glade Springs
Stonehaven is one of two Glade Springs courses available to the public.
Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa is a one-stop destination with two golf courses,187 renovated guestrooms and 52 condos, a fitness center, spa, pools and two restaurants. This course view shows the mountains.
Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
The seventh hole at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Mountains surround Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
The Oglebay course designed by Arnold Palmer accommodates golfers on all skill levels. Palmer’s design takes advantage of the existing terrain and with the addition of strategically placed bunkers, attractive mounding and generous greens, the course has a unique character that every golfer will enjoy.
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
The original championship course at Oglebay that was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was the first public course designed by the legendary golf course architect. Home to the West Virginia LPGA Classic for 11 years, this course offers spectacular views and is sure to challenge your game.
Harry Watson, The Greenbrier
The fall is beautiful at The Greenbrier.
The Greenbrier
The first hole at The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier
Hole seven at Old White at The Greenbrier

Spectacular vistas abound at top golf spots in West Virginia, where lines of trees and lakes are not only beautiful in the distance but sometimes are worked into the courses themselves.

Much of the art of course design and architecture lies in taking advantage of the topography, so don't expect different courses designed by the same person, such as Arnold Palmer, to play the same way.

While West Virginia golf courses are close enough to Pittsburgh for a day trip, many golfers prefer to stay overnight or for a few days.

Check for what's considered proper attire when making your reservation. Just don't expect jeans or a T-shirt to cut it.

The Greenbrier resort has the longest history, stretching back to Revolutionary War days when the site's white sulphur springs were used for healthy mineral baths.

Golf courses at resorts are often open to the public. Semi-public courses may limit play to guests staying at the resort.

Private golf courses are open to members only, often with a steep membership fee. Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, which made Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses in the United States in 2011, the first year it was eligible, is a private course. Serious inquiries are welcomed but membership is by invitation only.

Mark Kanny is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7877 or mkanny@tribweb.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

With four courses at its Speidel Golf Club, the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling offers plenty of variety in the challenges golfers enjoy. Its older championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.; the newer one by Arnold Palmer. In addition, there's the Crispin 18-hole regulation course and a par 3 course and putting green.

The 271-room Wilson Lodge, which opened in 1957, has been remodeled and has 59 premium rooms. There are 54 cottages for groups and larger families. In addition to a conference center, amenities include a 5,000-square-foot spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as casual- and fine-dining options.

Details: 800-624-6988 or

Stonewall Resort

The par 72 Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Stonewall, near Weston, ranked No. 3 in Links Magazine's 2011 rating of the top 10 Palmer golf courses. There are six tee placements for players of varying ability. The full course is 7,149 yards and includes uphill and downhill slopes and a variety of hazards and approaches to the greens.

The lakeside resort includes 208 guest rooms, along with cottages, a restaurant, fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools and a spa. The resort's 100-passenger excursion boat provides tours of Stonewall Jackson Lake. There also are nature trails for hiking and biking.

Details: 888-278-8150 or

The Greenbrier

Home to the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic, the resort's Old White TPC Course includes holes modeled after famous European courses and has been played by many legendary golfers — and a president or two. The Meadows Course was upgraded in 1999 and is used by many state and regional championships. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, is a National Historic Landmark. Accommodations range from traditional and deluxe rooms to suites, cottages, estate houses — and the presidential suite and Windsor Club. The Greenbrier has 14 restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges and in-room dining. The spa takes advantage of the springs that have attracted people for more than two centuries and offers massages, facials, cleansing wraps and skin and nail care. It also is home to a casino.

Details: 855-453-4858 or

The Resort at Glade Springs

Glade Springs in Daniels boasts three championship golf courses — two public — and is ranked among the best in the state. The 7,121-yard Cobb Course is semi-public and open to resort guests. It features 51 sand bunkers, more than 200 feet of elevation changes, eight lakes and subtle fairway slopes. Woodhaven Course was completed in 2010 and features two distinct nine-hole loops — one overlooks Glade Creek Gorge, the other moves through a steeper valley. The Stonehaven Course loops around 69-acre Chatham Lake and through a forest. It was ranked in second position among best courses in the state by Golf Digest.

Accommodations include an inn, manor houses, lodges and villas. Pet friendly lodging is available. The spa includes full-body massages, facial-skin treatments and a hair salon. Other activities include archery, equestrian trail rides, bike rentals, fitness classes and tennis. The resort is home to a grill, cafe, sports bar and full-service restaurant.

Details: 866-562-8054 or

Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa

Located just 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border near Morgantown, Lakeview Golf Resort features two championship courses. The par 72 Lakeview Course is rated four stars by Golf Digest. The seventh hole features a 180-foot vertical drop from tee to green. The Mountainview Course winds through Allegheny forest and poses singular challenges.

Guest rooms and suites are recently renovated. The 40,000-square-foot Fitness and Sports Center includes basketball, racquetball and tennis courts, pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and personal training. The spa offers massage and body therapies, skin care and a complete salon with nail and hair care.

Details: 304-594-1111 or

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