The floral entry of West Virginia’s most famous Greenbrier sings a loud welcome that doesn’t stop at the door. Dorothy Draper designed a colorful palette of stripes and plaids with roses and rhododendron, painted on carpets and furnishings to European chandeliers. Every seat in the house says, “Relax”, but there is too much to explore. Begin the luxurious day with a buffet in the elegant main dining room, consulting the Greenbrier Daily for the schedule of falconry shows, beauty, art, decorating clinics and culinary demonstrations as well as tours of the interior, grounds and secret historic bunker.
Golf on The Greenbrier course, home of the 1979 Ryder Cup, or The Meadows or The Old White TPC, home of the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, and location of “The Big Break” last season. The Greenbrier topiary sign and caddies under the clock welcome golfers with Nick Faldo’s home looming on the hillcrest above. On number 16 Swan Lake and 17, water lures balls as fly fishermen in the creek lure trout.
The pool, spa, boutique shops and dining are exquisite with chocolates made on site. Culminate a marvelous day in the Casino Club with the Champagne Toast & Waltz at 10pm. “Experiences are timeless and memories last forever,” at The Greenbrier. www.greenbrier.com
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia is the only golf resort with it’s own “Good Zoo” and glass blowing center. Blow your own glass creations in a workshop or be blown away by the golf at Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club. Perhaps the only place with a combo ski lift and driving range, deer prance among festival of light frames and deep woods on the Arnold Palmer and the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. courses.
An ice mountain topped with fresh raw oysters, a sundry of gourmet delicacies and lusty dessert buffet is all you can eat and all really as delicious as the window view. Retire with a dreamy fireplace, soft robes and slippers. www.oglebay-resort.com.
Stonewall Resort is a Roanoke, West Virginia mountain retreat with a 2600-acre lake, 20 miles long. An evening cruise is included in the Adirondack inspired lodge room rates, as are paddleboards and kayaks. The signature Palmer Golf Course meanders through a mosaic of picturesque woodlands and unspoiled wetlands, with altitude adjustments, and Audubon Certification. Appearing as formidable as it’s namesake, General Stonewall, it is very playable. Lightburn’s panoramic hilltop view makes a perfect 19th hole to satiate every taste. This is a leisurely resort. Stroll through the shops and schedule time for the spa, sit by the lake or play the Palmer course again. “Close to nature. Far from ordinary,” it will reveal a new angle every round. www.stonewallresort.com
Three gorgeous courses make The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia a super choice. Number 18 on the Woodhaven Course is long and crazy. Like a great roller coaster ride, as soon as it is over, you want to rush back in line. The coaster theme continues at the Stonehaven Course, one of our favorites for the fun layout. Take a photo op of the most dramatic descending views in woodland golf, on the signature number 16, par 5, 601 yards. The legendary Cobb Course completes the exceptional golf at Glade Springs but the entertainment continues with Spa Orange, tennis, swimming, bowling, basketball, a cinema and bonfires. Choice of accommodations are as varied, from single rooms at The Inn or Lodges, to Villas and Manor Houses with central spaces ideal for groups and families. The clubhouse has veranda seating leading to the sports bar with table and wall TVs. Best of all is Glade’s Italian Grill and Bar’s family style feast that is Mama Mia good! www.gladesprings.com
At One Lakeview Drive in Morgantown, West Virginia, find one true golf travel value. Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have all set records here on the two championship golf courses. The Lakeview course climbs up across the Interstate highway with dramatic downhill plays to the water, a parkland style gem.
The Fitness complex boasts 40,000 square feet. The Spa Roma offers healing treatments. Self-medication is available at the Legends Sports Bar & Grille or the outdoor Tiki Deck with a view of golfers. The chef at Fusion Restaurant creates exceptional flat bread hors d’eouvres and stuffed mushrooms with boursin cheese. www.LakeviewResort.com
Go for the Greenbrier or visit all of the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia golf at www.wvgolfing.com