Really strange things happen at Skytop Lodge, a grand hotel in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
It’s not the most famous golf resort on earth, not by a long shot, but it’s fascinating, sort a smaller version of the Greenbrier or Homestead transported north. There’s a big old-fashioned fancy hotel, with a big spa and several restaurants, plus tons of outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, tennis, fly fishing, shooting, skiing, skating, and the like. For me the main attraction is the golf course, rated a near perfect 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play, and the resort is also home to the Brian Boyle School of Golf.
The last time I wrote about Skytop, it was because of a truly astonishing golf record set there: playing in a tournament, head instructor Boyle and his partner both made aces – on the same hole. Yep, they scored a team 2 in stroke play, or -4 versus par, a feat Golf Digest calculated to be a one in 17 million occurrence.
The place must be magic.
As if the promise of the lowest scores humanly possible weren’t enough, now Skytop is luring us with its ultimate mancation: “A vacation strictly devoted to doing only guy things, with only the guys.”
“This three-night/four-day ‘Ultimate Mancation’ package kicks off with a scotch tasting (included) at the famous Tap Room, which boasts a 40-bottle single malt scotch list. Friday and Saturday are all about Skytop’s meandering golf course… Take in the stunning mountain views and great outdoors by enjoying an array of top-brand cigars (three cigars per person included) at the newly added fire pits. Looking for more adventure? Why not spend a day rock climbing, mountain biking or white-water rafting. Is fishing more your thing? Spend a day bass fishing on the 75-acre Skytop Lake, or learn to fly-fish on the many native streams, abound with freshly stocked trout.”
Skytop’s Mancation package also includes three meals per day, and starts at just $570 per night per double room ($285 per person) but you need a foursome to book it, and the package can only be reserved until August 31, so hurry!