Travelling with Joe – West Virginia (Day 3)

The signature hole at Glade Springs, a 601-yard par five. Photo: Joe McLean

After our round of golf on the Palmer course at the Stonewall Resort, our group of Canadian writers hopped in the van and made our way to our next destination on our West Virginia familiarization trip and our lodgings at the Resort at Glade Springs.

And what lodgings they were.

We were privileged to have two Manor Houses at our disposal for our overnight stay at The Resort at Glade Springs. Each oversized bedroom was equipped with two queen beds and marble baths. In addition, the Manor Houses feature a large common area with a living room, gas fireplace, large-screen televisions, dining room and kitchen facility.

After checking in, we were picked up by a shuttle bus and transported to Glade’s Grill & Bar for an Italian style family dinner. All of the foods we tasted and there were many were delicious and filling to the extreme. I’m not complaining but one of the problems with familiarization trips is the late evening dinners making sleep a little tough.

After our buffet breakfast in the Rotunda, Greg Haynes, senior sales manager took us on a tour of the various types of accommodations (The Inn, Chestnut Hill lodges, Executive Suites, Manor Houses, Villas and Stone Manors), the available food services and the indoor leisure center featuring bowling, indoor pool, basketball court, tennis court, cinema, arcade along with a spa and hair salon. We were also treated to a quick viewing of the Woodhaven and Cobb golf courses before we geared up for our game on the Stonehaven course designed by Tom Clark. A mountain venue, Stonehaven can boast to having some of the most spectacular holes in West Virginia with appreciable elevation changes, rock walls, strategic bunkers and treacherous hazards.

The acknowledged signature hole on the Stonehaven course is the 601 yard, par 5 – 16th hole. Golfers travel up the mountain from the 15th green and once at the top are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding West Virginia mountains and a visual of the upcoming hole in play. From the elevated tee shot to avoiding the numerous bunkers, players can be distracted by the beauty of the signature hole. The look back after completion of the hole is a must.

Stonehaven is a must play on any visit to The Resort at Glade Springs and if golfers stay for a few days they will find the Cobb and Woodhaven courses equally pleasurable to play.

After an adult beverage, we were on our way once again on what turned out to be an interesting ride to Pipestem Resort State Park.

More details tomorrow.