5 notorious holes on golf mountain courses
The Mountain State’s rolling terrain can already be a challenge for golfers, but these 5 notorious holes take the game up several notches:
1. Twisted Gun Golf Club – 16th hole
Located on top of a former mine site, Twisted Gun offers a series of challenging holes over rolling greens, with great views of southern West Virginia. The 16th hole is a 525 yard par 5— and plays uphill with some bunkers. The hardest part of this hole? Blind shots and figuring out just where your putt will break.
The Palmer Course at Oglebay is famous for many things. Designed by golf great Arnold Palmer, it’s a longer course that typically takes more than just a couple of hours. Part of the challenge is the 15th hole, which is listed as a par 3 but is more of a par 4 at 273 yards. Experienced golfers always comment on the beauty of the course, but also at how complex it is overall.
3. Scarlet Oaks- 18th hole
Scarlet Oaks in Poca always offers golfers challenging play over 6,721 yards. Hole 18 is a par 5 like no other. The green sticks out over the lake. It is a risk/reward hole. 2 great shots can give you a birdie opportunity. But not a good drive off of the tee? You are looking at a big water hazard. And no slicing on this hole, because the right side can be an issue with trying to avoid the lake. Best of luck!
4. The Raven at Snowshoe- 5th hole
The Raven at Snowshoe is widely known for its excellent greens and mountain views. The number 5 hole is the longest and widest on the course. After the tee shot, there’s a large tree, a creek that crosses the fairway and finally an elevated green that conceals the bottom of the flagstick. The most important thing about this hole is club selection, so choose wisely.
5. Cobb Course at Glade Springs- 16th hole
Ranked consistently as one of the top 5 in West Virginia, Cobb Course at Glade Springs is well-known and well-played . It boasts a doozie number 16 hole. It is a 420-yard par 4, and one of 3 finishing holes that force golfers to work around water hazards. Finishing strong is a major challenge.