A major accident on the highway delayed our arrival at Pipestem Resort last evening. With gas running low in the van, our driver decided to turn back to fill up instead of waiting for traffic to clear. While he was filling the tanks, we were given alternate directions to our destination. This new route gave our group an appreciation for the road less travelled and some impressive views.
Upon arrival at Pipestem Resort, we were met by Ed Wooton, Director of Marketing and Sales who directed us to our rooms and then rode with us to the Mountain Creek Lodge where we were treated to a fabulous dinner. Equally memorable to the meal was the ride in the darkness on the Pipestem Aerial Tramway, the only public access to this secluded lodge with a vertical rise of 1100 feet. It must be quite the daytime view with the Bluestone River flowing below ascending and descending cars.
Pipestem Resort is also known for their fly fishing packages and would be perfect for those interested in combining golf and fishing. The unique name for the resort is taken from the native Pipestem bush with its hollow, wooden stems, which were used by Indian tribes in the making of pipes.
With our hotel perched on the rim of the Bluestone Canyon, I awoke to a bevy of spectacular views with the mist rising from the river far below. After breakfast, we walked over to the Pipestem Resort State Park Golf Course designed by Geoffrey Cornish. Measuring between 5600 and 6884 yards, the golf holes meander through a mixture of open land and full growth trees with stunning views prominent especially on the finishing holes.
After an enjoyable 18 holes, it was time for a van ride to the Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown.
– Joe McLean