Well, folks, it’s almost over for another year, and as the 2016 golf season winds down, golfers wanting to play in the northeast part of the country have two options – you can either rush out to the first tee before the courses officially close for the winter and embrace the colorful fall foliage, or you can hibernate until next spring when everything is in full bloom. Something many folks I know down here in the south do even though they don’t have to. It’s a psychological thing, I think. But how about this:
At the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania, golfers can’t go wrong with either option. For those wanting to satisfy their golf fix one last time, the resort is currently offering some outstanding fall stay and play packages. For those who insist on waiting until 2017 to swing the sticks, Nemacolin will have something to “Dye” for.
Next July the resort is set to open a stunning new 18-hole championship course – Shepherd’s Rock – to co-star with its existing world-class golf course, Mystic Rock. Pete Dye, who designed Mystic Rock, has teamed with noted architect Tim Liddy on Shepherd’s Rock. Like its older sibling, the rolling layout will offer amazing challenges and views, all while enhancing Nemacolin’s reputation as a premier golf travel destination.
Once the site of the PGA TOUR’s 84 Lumber Classic, Mystic Rock ranks in the top-60 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” A stout par-72 layout stretching to over 7,500 yards from the tips, the layout features five sets of tees making the course more than playable for golfers of any and all abilities. Even better, caddies are included in the green fee to make the golf experience something to long savor. How great is that?
To prep us for Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock, the Nemacolin Golf Academy offers an array of game improvement programming including: individual lessons, TrackMan ball flight and V-1 Video swing analysis, one- and three-day golf schools, and one of the leading club fitting centers on the East Coast. A commitment to growing the game also abounds, with numerous junior and family golf options.
Earlier this year, Nemacolin added two of the top names in the golf industry leading up to the opening of Shepherd’s Rock. Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation, comes to Nemacolin from Hawaii’s Kapalua Resort, one of the top golf resorts in the world. Director of instruction Eric Johnson, one GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 teachers in America,” arrived at Nemacolin just days after his former course, Oakmont Country Club, hosted the 2016 U.S. Open.
Luxurious touches inside Nemacolin’s Falling Rock boutique hotel abound. A tribute to the organic architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, Falling Rock features 42 rooms, including four suites. A 24-hour butler service allows guests to fully indulge in niceties such as a 10-option pillow menu, upscale sheets and hand sewn chenille bedding. Plus, guests of the AAA Five-Diamond award winning hotel can enjoy exclusive amenities such as a drawn-bath menu, milk and cookie turndowns, and exclusive access to its Infinity pool. In all, Nemacolin offers 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes.
Many additional activities and amenities can be found inside the friendly Nemacolin confines. The resort possesses an internationally acclaimed spa collection – a wide variety of services from relaxing massages to facials to integrative practices such as acupuncture and energy work. Nemacolin also boasts an extensive art collection and museums showcasing vintage planes and unique automobiles. All these activities will surely work up an appetite; thankfully Nemacolin has 15 restaurants and lounges to choose from, all of them exceptional, as one would expect at a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond winning Lautrec to pub-style fare with billiards at the Tavern – that will satisfy any palate.
Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the Shooting Academy and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. The resort also offers a Wildlife Academy featuring everything from safari tours to dog sledding, and an Adventure Center complete with zip lines and climbing wall.
I know that many golfers that read my column will not have heard of Nemacolin, much less visited the resort. So here’s your opportunity to try something new. Give ‘em a call, book one of the stay and play packages, live a little, if only for a few days.
Visit the Nemacolin website or call 866.344.6957 for more information on Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.