East Side Sto­ries

Dis­cover Golf Op­tions Galore In The East­ern Part Of The US

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by JD La­torre

No mat­ter your point of view on these up­com­ing trans­for­ma­tions, ev­ery golfer can agree on one res­o­lu­tion: this year, a change is needed to play more golf. One part of the coun­try where there is no short­age of cour­ses to help achieve this goal is out east. Be­sides its well-known golf des­ti­na­tions, there are sev­eral hid­den gems plus those bring­ing their golf ameni­ties to an elite level.

For bet­ter or worse, 2017 will be a year of change.

No mat­ter your point of view on these up­com­ing trans­for­ma­tions, ev­ery golfer can agree on one res­o­lu­tion: this year, a change is needed to play more golf.

One part of the coun­try where there is no short­age of cour­ses to help achieve this goal is out east. Be­sides its well-known golf des­ti­na­tions, there are sev­eral hid­den gems plus those bring­ing their golf ameni­ties to an elite level.

Imag­ine peg­ging it at a course re­designed by the 2016 Ry­der Cup cap­tain, travers­ing rolling hills on lay­outs con­ceived by the big­gest names in golf, and en­joy­ing post-round bev­er­ages and sto­ries in a ma­jes­tic club­house.

Ready to play? Here are some in­trigu­ing golf hotspots east of the Mis­sis­sippi River that are sure to ex­cite ev­ery golfer’s pas­sion to play more.

Mag­no­lia Green Golf Club – Be on the look­out for a new $5 mil­lion golf club­house in 2017 from Mag­no­lia Green Golf Club, lo­cated just out­side of Rich­mond, Va.

The two-story, $5 mil­lion struc­ture will boast 15,000 square feet and fea­ture crafts­man-style ar­chi­tec­ture. The com­pleted pro­ject will fea­ture front and rear porches, a full-ser­vice bar and an out­door din­ing area with views over­look­ing the golf course. The multi-func­tional fa­cil­ity is ca­pa­ble of host­ing up to 180 guests for pri­vate func­tions, such as cor­po­rate par­ties and wed­dings, and will fea­ture a for­mal lawn area with arbor – an ideal place for guests to ex­change vows. The Mag­no­lia Green Golf Club is semi-pri­vate, there­fore the club­house will be open to both mem­bers and the gen­eral pub­lic.

Draped over un­du­lat­ing ter­rain and mea­sur­ing 7,150 yards from the back tees, the en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly track was named one of 2015’s “Best New Cour­ses” by Golf Digest. Lead ar­chi­tect Chris Cochran from Nick­laus De­sign ex­pertly in­cor­po­rated five sets of tees for play­ers of all abil­i­ties.

Mag­no­lia Green Golf Club is si­t­u­ated within the Mag­no­lia Green com­mu­nity – the re­gion’s best-sell­ing neigh­bor­hood – which of­fers an ar­ray of re­sort-style com­mu­nity ameni­ties and wide se­lec­tion of town­homes, sin­gle-fam­ily and cus­tom-built res­i­dences priced from just un­der $200,000 to over $1 mil­lion. www.mag­no­lia­green.com 804-818-6900

Nema­colin Wood­lands Re­sort – The year 2017 will see ma­jor changes for this splen­did golf re­sort in the Lau­rel High­lands of south­west­ern Pennsylvania. Shep­herd’s Rock, a Pete Dye-Tim Liddy de­sign, will open in July and com­ple­ment Nema­colin’s ex­ist­ing Dye de­sign, Mys­tic Rock.

The 7,142-yard Shep­herd’s Rock lay­out will sit high atop the Al­legheny Moun­tains, and is ex­pected to ri­val the high­est-rated cour­ses in the coun­try. The rolling bu­colic ter­rain is ideal to fully uti­lize Dye’s bril­liant imag­i­na­tion in fash­ion­ing a rout­ing sure to amaze any­one who tees it up here.

The tree-lined 3,306-yard front side at Shep­herd’s Rock will be a shot­maker’s de­light. Pre­ci­sion and ac­cu­racy will be key to suc­cess­fully

nav­i­gat­ing its rip­pling fair­ways flanked by the ever-present Dye­cre­ated mounds, nat­u­ral wet­lands and clev­erly si­t­u­ated greens.

Its stout 3,836-yard back nine is brawny and wide open, with jaw­drop­ping vis­tas of the Lau­rel High­lands and am­ple land­ing ar­eas off the tee. The dra­matic par-5 18th, un­der the gaze of Nema­colin’s posh Fall­ing Rock bou­tique ho­tel, fea­tures a green sit­ting atop the prop­erty’s high ground and a sin­gle, mag­nif­i­cent oak tree stand­ing sentinel on the right. www.nema­colin.com 866.399.6957

Ogle­bay Re­sort and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter – Look­ing to change things up when it comes to a bud­dies’ golf trip? Seek­ing some­where quaint and invit­ing, yet boast­ing two cham­pi­onship golf cour­ses de­signed by golf lu­mi­nar­ies?

Si­t­u­ated in the foothills of the Ap­palachian Moun­tains in Wheel­ing, W.V., Ogle­bay Re­sort and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter of­fers ex­cep­tional overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions, world-class ameni­ties and 1,700 acres of year-round recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. Among the ac­tiv­i­ties: swim­ming, tennis, horse sta­bles, minia­ture golf, fishing, miles of paved walk­ing/jog­ging trails, shop­ping and sight­see­ing.

Golf­wise, Ogle­bay presents four cour­ses, in­clud­ing two cham­pi­onship lay­outs at the Spei­del Golf Club. The par-71 Arnold Palmer de­sign is a mod­ern links lay­out that takes ad­van­tage of the rolling ter­rain with strate­gi­cally-placed bunkers, con­tem­po­rary mound­ing and am­ple­size greens. De­signed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Jones Course is draped over the hills and dales of a for­mer dairy farm, and hosted the West Vir­ginia LPGA Clas­sic for 11 years. The re­sort also fea­tures the 18-hole reg­u­la­tion Crispin Course – Ogle­bay’s orig­i­nal lay­out – and a nine-hole, par-3 course.

Ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude the invit­ing, 270-room Wil­son Lodge, quaint cot­tages and spa­cious es­tate houses. Through­out the year Ogle­bay of­fers ex­cep­tional golf pack­ages that match any group, and are chock­full of value-laden in­cen­tives. www.ogle­bay-re­sort.com 800.624.6988

The Sea Pines Re­sort – The Sea Pines Re­sort – Hil­ton Head’s most cel­e­brated golf and leisure re­treat – opened its new At­lantic Dunes by Davis Love III course in Oc­to­ber to rave re­views.

The work of Love Golf De­sign, At­lantic Dunes is a com­plete re­con­struc­tion and recre­ation of the re­sort’s his­toric Ocean Course, the first on Hil­ton Head. Love III, the 2016 U.S. Ry­der Cup Cap­tain, lead ar­chi­tect Scot Sher­man and Mark Love have fash­ioned en­tirely re­built holes to ac­com­mo­date mod­ern shot val­ues and frame scenic cor­ri­dors.

At­lantic Dunes now fea­tures a pro­nounced sea­side am­bi­ence and Low­coun­try feel ac­cented by co­quina shells and sea­side grasses. The pro­ject’s goal to in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of the sur­round­ing beach­front along with na­tive pines and oaks lin­ing the fair­ways has been fully re­al­ized with stun­ning re­sults.

The course ben­e­fits both vis­ually and strate­gi­cally from restora­tion of nat­u­ral sand dunes as well as the cre­ation of new dunes blend­ing seam­lessly into the de­sign. Tens of thou­sands of in­dige­nous plants have been in­stalled in these ar­eas to com­plete the sea­side feel. The play­ing sur­face of At­lantic Dunes is a blend of cut­ting-edge grasses match­ing the su­pe­rior strains at the re­sort’s ac­claimed Har­bour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye.

Not to be missed while at Sea Pines are vis­its to the spec­tac­u­lar new 44,000-square-foot Har­bour Town Club­house, named the 2016 “Best New Pub­lic Club­house” by Golf Inc. Mag­a­zine. The re­sort’s 23,000-square-foot Plan­ta­tion Golf Club hub was awarded the 2015 “New Club­house of the Year” by the same pub­li­ca­tion.

Guests may choose from an ar­ray of ac­com­mo­da­tions, in­clud­ing 300 vil­las, 100 rental homes and the lux­u­ri­ous 60-room Inn & Club at Har­bour Town. The re­sort is of­fer­ing its ex­cep­tional Villa Golf Pack­age com­bin­ing cham­pi­onship golf with a stay in a deluxe two-bed­room villa. The golf-only “Ul­ti­mate 54” of­fer is ideal to play all three cour­ses with an av­er­age sav­ings of up to 15 per­cent. www.seap­ines.com 866.561.8802

Hole 18 at Mag­no­lia Green

Back tee on Hole 2 at Mys­tic Rock

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