With the Appalachian Mountains running through the state, West Virginia offers breathtaking mountainous terrain and beautiful river valleys. An outdoor enthusiast dream state, more than a million acres have been set aside for 37 state parks and recreation areas as well as 9 state forests and two national forests.
Full of spectacular views, Pikewood National is carved out of the mountainous terrain that makes West Virginia so unique. Sitting atop a mesa in a mountain setting just outside of Morgantown, the John Raese and Bob Gwynne collaboration was called, “the most challenging, fair and beautiful course in the world” by Dow Finsterwald, former Ryder Cup captain and PGA champion. Pikewood National is a private course but connect with a member on All Square and maybe you can get a tee time at this masterpiece.
Six of the top ten rated courses in West Virginia are open to the public. The top public course in the state is The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier. Nestled in the trees of the Appalachian Mountains, this course opened in 1914 with President Woodrow Wilson being one of the first golfers to play the course. In 2010, The Old White TPC hosted the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR FedExCup Event. This resort located in White Sulphur Springs also includes two other championship style courses both rated in the top 10 in West Virginia, The Greenbrier and Meadows courses. Other fun and challenging public courses in the state include, The Resort at Glade Springs and Stonewall Resort. Another notable course that should be added to any golfers bucket list is Stonewall Resort in Roanoke.
Filled with trees, an ideal time to visit this state is in fall when the mountains appear to be painted with autumn colors. West Virginia has a variety of courses to fit any golfer’s criteria, make sure to add it to your list of states to visit!