Travelling With Joe – West Virginia (Day 1)

(Wheeling, West Virginia, October 1st, 2012) – The luxurious Oglebay Resort was the first destination on a familiarization trip for a van load of Canadian golf and travel writers in late September / early October. What a treat to sit down for an evening meal after an afternoon of travel with Oglebay Directors and West Virginia Travel Officials.

A special meal had been prepared for us featuring Acorn Squash Bisque, a Caramelized Pear Salad, Medallions of Beef Tenderloin and Brown Sugar Spiced Shrimp. As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy the palate, we were treated to a dessert of delicious Chocolate Creme Brule.

My morning wake-up call interrupted a deep sleep in my tastefully appointed room. A walk around the resort was in order before meeting the group for a buffet breakfast before we were shuttled over to  the Arnold Palmer  designed Klieves Course at the Speidel Golf Course. The Trent-Jones designed Speidel Course, which had hosted the LPGA for a dozen years was busy hosting practice rounds for high school golfers playing in the State Championships.

My group was treated to a hole in one by Ottawa Sun Journalist Tim Baines on the picturesque mountain course at the Oglebay Resort. The 134 yard – 9th hole was the site for Tim’s second ace with a 7 iron into a stiff breeze. As he pulled his ball out of the cup with a sheepish grin on his face, you could sense that he was pleased to share his moment with his fellow golfers. Appropriately, the beverage cart found us soon after and we were treated to a beverage.

You have to ask why it is that golfers are penalized for hitting an historic shot.

The Palmer course is a must-play if you’re in the area and a cart is mandatory and welcomed with the terrain reminiscent of mountain courses in the Gatineau area. Mr. Palmer has laid out a generous 18-hole layout featuring large greens with some tricky undulations and multi-tiers. What you see off the tee is what you get. There are no trick holes.

We have just finished an afternoon snack and we’ll be on our way shortly to another Palmer designed course at the Stonewall Resort located inside the Stonewall Resort State Park.

– Joe Mclean