A stone’s throw from the Ohio state line 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh is Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, one of the finest municipally-owned and operated resorts in the nation. The cornerstone of the 1,700-acre, family-friendly complex, set near the Allegheny Plateau on the former summer estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay, is the Speidel Golf Course, a burly Robert Trent Jones layout circa 1971 built on the rolling pastures of a former dairy farm. The narrow, wooded front nine is carved from pines, elms and oaks; the longer back nine is flatter, more open. Both nines feature large, generously sloped greens that make putting an adventure. Also at Oglebay is the sporty Crispin Golf Course, a 5,670-yard layout built in the mid-1930s that plays up, down and across steep hills. The resort’s newest course is an Arnold Palmer-designed layout opened in 2000 that features six par 3’s, seven par 4’s and five par 5’s. A gentle westerly breeze cools the courses all summer long.
Amenities at the well-kept property include 16 acres of formal gardens interlaced with brick walking paths; the Mansion Museum (Mr. Oglebay’s summer home built in 1846): and numerous shops (Carriage House Glass showcases the region’s largest selection of decorative glass). Additional amenities include horse stables offering trail rides, a large outdoor pool, a lighted par-3 course and the Good Zoo, a 30-acre children’s zoo enjoyed by visitors of all ages (don’t miss the ocelot and red panda exhibit).
Accommodations at Oglebay range from the 271-room Wilson Lodge, a recently expanded hilltop hotel crafted from fieldstone and wood; to multi-bedroom golf cottages.
As you’d expect in this neck of the woods, golf package rates are extremely reasonable. Details: http://www.oglebay-resort.com/