One thing Western Pennsylvania is not short on is rolling forest land. And so, the golf courses there tend to be sprawling, brawny places with big slope ratings and lots of room off the tee.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Mystic Rock fits the pattern exactly. The home of the former 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour, Pete Dye's layout will make you tired just looking at the scorecard. Tipping out at more than 7,500 yards, it has five par-4s of 460 yards or longer. In the three years it hosted the 84 Lumber Classic, from 2003-2006, they didn't even play it from the full yardage. Folks love birdies.
Lest that sound too much like a death march, it's a beautiful walk at a beautiful place, and a collection of springtime deals make the punishment even more palatable. Book the Just Fore Four package for any date before May 21 and you get four rounds on Mystic Rock along with lunch at one of the resort's acclaimed restaurants for $440. Book a fifth round and the rate is only $60. The peak season green fee is normally $225.
The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort sits in the southwestern corner of the state, 70 miles south of Pittsburgh and 36 miles east of Morgantown, W.V. Spreading out over 2,000 acres, it has accommodations ranging from the AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock hotel to RV hookups. Room rates at Falling Rock start at $509, while a two-bedroom townhouse runs $319 and up.
If you have friends with an RV, book a space for it at $129 a night and use the savings at the adjacent Lady Luck Casino--which is only open to resort guests and members.