“WWVA, Wheeling West Virginia” was the dreaded childhood radio wakeup call. It meant hard labor on the farm followed by school and more chores before having to rise at 4 am, again to “WWVA Wheeling West Virginia.” This week, Wheeling West Virginia and four other special state spots were a most pleasing adult golf wakeup call, starting at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. Totally unique, it is the only golf resort with it’s own “Good Zoo”, an eco education encounter and glass blowing center. Wheeling made 50% of the industry glass, hence the bar is named Glassworks. A lost art that is resurfacing across the county, you may blow your own glass creations in the workshop or be blown away by the wild and wonderful golf at Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club. “Close to nature, far from ordinary,” Spiedel displays more shades of green than can be named. A bit nippy in May with a short frost delay, the freezing cold did not damper the round. Between Legskinz, Kenwool Socks, Hothand warmers, Toastee Toes and layers of Antigua, the body swung normally through the picturesque layout. Perhaps the only place with a combo ski lift and driving range, deer mix with festival of light frames and dramatic wooded views on the newer Arnold Palmer and the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. courses.
This is a four-season destination set on the summer estate of Earl W. Oglebay where generous hospitality began more than one hundred years ago. Book early if you want to enjoy the festival of lights in the winter season. So complex is the wired display that the forms and lights are left in place year round. Spring brings brilliant hopes in blooms in the gardens. Buy two-dozen of Netherlands tulips for $10.
Betty Cutlip of the West Virginia Board of Tourism worked in the kitchen when she was just 16 and remembers Courtney Burton, grandson of Oglebay who summered here. When he first walked into the kitchen with mud dropping from his boots, she unknowingly informed him, “You are not allowed in here.” An eccentric type, he understood and her career was unscathed. Courtney offered milk or Dom Perignon to guests, relating to all. Today, pick the Dom or another bubbly with the seafood buffet that begins with an ice mountain topped with fresh raw oysters on the half shell. A sundry of gourmet delicacies, carving stations and a lusty dessert table round out the meal – all you can eat and all really as delicious as the window view. Rooms are furnished with a dreamy fireplace, soft robes and slippers. For a gorgeous summer golf retreat, go to Wheeling, West Virginia – www.oglebay-resort.com