When you think of Pennsylvania golf the first course that comes to mind is most likely Merion or Oakmont. However, when it comes to a world-class, comprehensive Pennsylvania golf resort, Nemacolin (formerly known as Nemacolin Woods) sits alone atop the list.
Tucked into Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, the property was originally a private hunting preserve, but in 1987 the land was sold to Joseph Hardy and the transformation began in earnest that is still occurring today.
Leave it to the founder of the 84 Lumber Company to build an amazing resort whose centerpiece is two championship Pete Dye Courses. But seriously, that is just the beginning of the experience.
Today Hardy’s outdoorsy daughter, Maggie, and her son DJ Magenko are continuing the family tradition of providing the ultimate in customer service at the Five Star, Five Diamond property.
The two Dye-designed championship layouts – Mystic Rock and Shepard’s Rock – along with a state-of-the-art Academy make up the offerings at Nemacolin golf. Both courses offer spectacular views over the Laurel Highlands from their perch in the Allegheny Mountains. Golfers of every skill level can benefit from a stop at The Academy at Nemacolin with individual and group lessons, Trackman analysis, club fitting, and advanced teaching technology.
Open year-round, weather permitting, Mystic Roch was Pete’s first design at Nemacolin and played host to the 84 Lumber Classic in 2006. With a slope of 149 and a course rating of 77, it plays as one of the most difficult in the state.
It also tops prestigious lists as the No.1 course you can play in Pennsylvania.
Open seasonally, Shepard’s Rock was designed to be fun and challenging. It recently completed a renovation by Tim Liddy, Dye’s associate, of bunkers, playing surfaces, and tee boxes, designed in conjunction with Mr. Dye before his passing.
There are a variety of accommodation options at Nemacolin; The Chateau at Nemacolin, a luxurious retreat fit for royalty. Falling Rock, a boutique hotel influenced by the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright and featuring personalized butler service. The Lodge, the original hunting lodge that was completely reimagined and renovated in the Fall of 2013. The Homes and The Estates are private residences providing an intimate setting for families or several couples traveling together.
Off-course activities are too numerous to list, but highlights include; The Woodlands Spa & Salon, horseback riding, upland bird hunting, art galleries and an outdoor sculpture tour, fly fishing, bourbon and wine tastings, bike rentals, a climbing wall, pickleball, walking trails and cooking classes.
Nemacolin is a 90-minute transfer from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), providing an easy connection from across the United States. For those traveling by road, Nemacolin is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Washington D.C. Premier Golf can help arrange your golf vacation to Nemacolin, from booking tee times and transfers to recommending suitable accommodations for your group.