Perhaps the real tone is set when one sees the spectacular Alleghany Mountains. The hills and the forests along with the raging rivers across the landscape make for a gorgeous scenic golfing trip.
While the golf courses here may not be marketed as easy, they are less than two hours from most of the resorts. This beautiful scenic trip through the countryside is a one of a kind experience that no one should miss in their lifetime.
Designers such as Palmer, Nicklaus and so on have all taken advantage of this gorgeous canvas with flowing rivers and unique valley’s and twisted mountains that all are so picturesque that you’re nearly distracted.
Simply start out in Southern West Virginia at the Greenbrier Valley. Stop in at Glade Springs and look at the three solid tracks. Cobb, Woodhaven, and Stonehaven. George Cobb is who Cobb is named after. He created the par 3 when at Augusta National as well as Quail Hollow located in Charlotte. In 1972, this course was built and features excellent bump and run greens. Elevated tees and rolling terrain with ponds top it all off scenically.
Glade Springs is a location for the entire family, even the nongolfers. Here the family can enjoy the swimming pools and spa while you’re out golfing. Or maybe they’d prefer the ten bowling alley’s or the tennis or racquetball courts. There’s still the movie theater and other activities to round it out. Outside they can enjoy fishing, hiking and caving as well as biking or even the Equestrian Center. There’s something for everyone here.
If you drive East, you’ll come to White Sulphur Springs. Here they played the old White TPC at Greenbrier. Sam Snead sparred with other notable guests here and just about anyone else who would take a bet. The elevated perch lets you tee off just like the legends including President Eisenhower and others who came before you. Picture yourself teeing off where famous legends have, and you must try this course.
At another track in Greenbrier, the course has been hosted by the Ryder Cup as well as the Solheim Cup. Constructed in 1924, Seth Reynor created it and then it was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus.
You can drive north into the famous Appalachians next. Up the twisty windy roads, you’ll cut right through rock and pines to reach the top of the famous Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Here you’ll see scenic views of mountains and valley’s right off of your condo balcony. You’ll also see the fairways of the Raven Golf Course. Gary Player designed the track. Holes are routed and go through the fairway right into the wild wilderness. A few of the elevations can change from up to 200 feet from the greens to the tee.
Raven also has a famous collection of par 5s such as the #17 hole. It rolls over a wide brush-filled ravine. You’ll enjoy vistas of the West Virginia countryside as well. You can settle into the comfy condos right on the edge of the Snowshoe Village.
For your last stop, try Stonewall Resort in Roanoke. Situated on 1900 acres of the state park by Stonewall Jackson Lake. You’ll note that Arnold Palmer created this through wetlands as well as hills and water and forest. Elevated tees grace several holes including #13 which is a 450 par of 4.
Ravines play into it from the get-go and you’re sure to appreciate the first hole where you’ll have to decide if you want to lay up or land in the hazard that runs through the front of the green.