The Most Beautiful Courses in West Virginia You Can Play

By Ryan Watson

West Virginia has a long history in golf, with the oldest exclusive golf club in America, the Oakhurst Golf Club, founded in West Virginia in 1884. Today, the state is best known for providing some of the east coast's best mountain golf, with the states rugged geography the perfect setting for some breathtaking courses. The following are the most beautiful courses in West Virginia.

Cacapon Resort State Park

818 Cacapon Lodge Dr, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Cacapon Resort State Park was built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a way to both provide jobs and provide recreation opportunities to residents. The state park later added a golf course designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and offers beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and ridges. The course is kept in good condition and features strategic golf typical of Jones’ designs but with enough tee boxes to allow for golfers of all skill levels to still enjoy the course.

The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Dr, Daniels, WV 25832

The Resort at Glade Springs is one of the West Virginia’s best known resorts with three 18-hole courses on offer for guests. The Cobb Course is the oldest of the three and was built in 1972 by George Cobb. An update in 2004 stretched the course to over 7,100 yards, though it is still regarded as the easiest course. The Stonehaven Course and Woodhaven Course are true championship challenges, with both including stunning elevation changes and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Golfers will enjoy their time on these unforgettable mountain courses.

Stonewall Resort State Park

940 Resort Dr, Roanoke, WV 26447

The Stonewall Resort is the end result of millions of dollars of funding to turn the rugged area around Stonewall Jackson Lake into a golfer’s paradise. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer Design team member Eric Larsen to be a championship caliber course. The use of water and wetlands in a mountain setting helps distinguish the course from others in the state that lack the water of Stonewall. Golfers should expect to use every club and may well remember best the fun par-3s that dot the course.

Pete Dye Golf Club

801 Aaron Smith Dr, Bridgeport, WV 26330

Set on top of a former coal mine, the Pete Dye Golf Club presents a challenge that’s as West Virginian as you can get. Dye used the land creatively, spreading the course over 250 acres and sprinkling remnants of former mine equipment throughout the course. Many golfers consider this the best course in the Mountain State, as the difficult layout and beautiful setting add to the challenge. The course is considered one of Dye’s more playable courses, but be advised that it is still far from easy.

Pipestem Resort State Park

3405 Pipestem Dr, Pipestem, WV 25979

Pipestem Resort State Park is located inside a gorge of the Bluestone River, with one of its 2 lodges only accessible by cable car to the bottom of the gorge. The park has a 9-hole par-3 course and a full 18 hole course built by Geoffrey Cornish in 1966. The course is admittedly not the most challenging course but will still provide a solid round of golf for all levels. The setting makes this course unforgettable with beautiful views of the river and surrounding bluffs.

The Greenbrier Resort

300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort has been hosting guests since the 1700s, including over half of all the U.S. presidents, and is also home to the oldest American golf course. While playing with period clubs and balls is fun, most guests come to the resort to play the 1914 Charles Blair Macdonald designed Old White TPC Course. The track is home of The Greenbrier Classic, an annual PGA Tour Event, the course provides an opportunity for amateurs to play the same course as the best in the world. The course is routinely ranked among the best courses in the South.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.