The Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia was our overnight host after a two and a half hour drive from the Oglebay Resort. We were greeted on arrival by Steven Ludwig, Director of Sales & Marketing. Dinner that evening was off the menu and this writer opted for the lobster bisque and pan fried scallops over a bed of linguine. After a few adult beverages, our Canadian team of writers retired to our individual rooms for a pleasurable sleep after another long day of golf and travel.
Dawn arrived all too soon with the steady drum of raindrops bouncing off my window. After a full buffet breakfast, our hardy group decided it was full steam ahead even though we would be playing cart paths only. That’s not a lot of fun when you’re playing a mountain course, but off we went.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort is located inside the Stonewall Resort State Park in the Appalachian Mountains near Roanoke, West Virginia. Arnie’s course measures anywhere from 5038 – 7149 yards from four sets of strategically placed tees and is sloped at 143 providing golfers with tests of accuracy, elevation changes and lengthy carries. Our task was made harder today with fully saturated fairways providing no roll but balanced off by greens holding accurate approach shots.
Playing through a steady supply of liquid sunshine, we were rewarded for our perseverance with the sun breaking through for our final eight holes. Distractions abound on this award winning Palmer design with magnificent panoramic views and an abundant supply of wildlife including water fowl and an overabundance of deer.
We finished our round in the Adirondack styled clubhouse restaurant, where we were provided with breathtaking views of the golf course, the lodge and kayakers paddling on Stonewall Jackson Lake.
Apart from golf, numerous other activities are available for visitors to the Stonewall Resort, which is also committed to the environment and the golf course is Audubon Certified.
Off for dinner right now, so I’ll catch up with you tomorrow after we play golf at the Resort at Glade Springs.
– Joe McLean