Pigskin and Pars at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

The Palmer Course, OgleBay Resort, WV
••• The Palmer Course, OgleBay Resort, WV. Photo Courtesy of OgleBay Resort, WV

Okay, so I’m not big on football, but tie it in with a little golf and a good seat in a skybox, and I’m all for it. As you may know – I didn’t - many college football pundits and fans still consider West Virginia’s move to the Big XII a “Morgantown Mistake.” Unfortunately for them, the Mountaineers are here to stay in the Power 5 conference and have actually held their own – especially in the two major revenue sports, football and basketball.

Don’t I just sound like I know what I’m talking about? Nah, but that’s what I heard folks who do know what they’re talking about say. That being said, consider this:

Another West Virginia entity is holding its own – on the golf resort scene – is Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Oglebay offers superb overnight accommodations, world-class amenities and 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities including swimming, tennis, miles of paved walking/jogging trails and golf.

In fact, it’s hard to avoid getting bitten by the golf bug at Oglebay, as the resort features four golf courses including two championship layouts at the Speidel Golf Club. Noted architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed this layout over the hills and dales of an old dairy farm, while Arnold Palmer constructed a modern links track that is both fun and challenging.

There’s also a par-3 course and Oglebay’s original 18, the Crispin Course.

Okay. That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me? You may well ask. Here’s the answer:

This fall, Oglebay offers a slew of stay-and-play packages ideal for affordable golf getaways. They’re also perfect for those heading to Morgantown to watch some football, as the resort is less than a 90-minute drive from the University of West Virginia campus.

Ones Golf Package

Before the tailgate, satisfy the golf fix through the Ones Golf Package. Starting at $131 (per person, per night, double occupancy) and available weekdays through Oct. 31 (Sun.-Thurs.), it includes lodging and a round of golf on both the Jones and Palmer courses with GPS cart.

Birdie Golf Package

For larger groups, the Birdie Golf Package provides golf with GPS cart on both the Jones and Palmer courses, as well as daily play on the par-3 and Crispin courses (subject to availability, cart not included). Valid on weekdays through Sept. 28 at $179 per person (double occupancy required), accommodations and daily breakfast buffet are also included.

Eagle Golf Package

Oglebay also is headquarters for post-game celebrations and golf. Available on weekends through Oct. 28 (Fri.-Sun.), the Eagle Golf Package includes lodging and a round of golf with GPS cart each on the Jones and Palmer courses. Starting at $299 (per person, per night, double occupancy), it also features daily play on the Crispin and par-3 courses (cart not included), and daily breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday.

Championship Golf Package

If some still prefer pars over pigskins this fall, Oglebay provides the Championship Golf Package.

Available through Sept. 28 (Sun.-Thurs.), the offer includes unlimited golf on both the Jones and Palmer courses with GPS cart and daily play on the Crispin Course. Starting at $239 per person per night (based on double occupancy), the getaway also provides lodging and daily breakfast buffet.

In addition to golf, Oglebay offers a plethora of activities amenities suitable for both the guys and families, including the West Spa. The Bissonnette Gardens (formerly known as Waddington Gardens) are a re-creation of many of the gardens that existed in Oglebay in the early 1900s. The neighboring Glass Museum features more than 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass made from 1829-1939, including the largest piece of cut crystal ever made, The Sweeney Punch Bowl.

Situated close to Oglebay’s lodging, the Good Zoo showcases more than 50 species, including 20 that are rare or endangered.

Visitors can also walk and hike the many trails that bob and weave through the property or partake in horseback riding or water activities on Schenk Lake.

Besides Morgantown, Oglebay is also easily accessible from other football hubs. Pittsburgh, home of the Pitt Panthers and the NFL’s Steelers, is an hour’s drive from the resort. Oglebay is also drivable from Columbus (home of the Ohio State Buckeyes), and NFL sites Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Make no “mistake” about it, Oglebay is the place to be this fall.

For additional information about Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, you can visit their website or call:  800.624.6988.