Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Mystic Rock Course

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4.9
Friendliness
4.9
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4.6
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7526
Slope 149
Rating 77.0
Type Resort
Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of southwest Pennsylvania Nemacolin Woodlands Resort sprawls across over 2,000 wooded acres. The resort offers 36 holes of championship golf, Mystic Rock and the Links. Pete Dye added the Mystic Rock Course 25 years after the original Links opened in 1970. Both golf courses offer a strikingly different character as well as unique challenges. Dye incorporated some of his most well known elements including his massive, Sahara-like bunkers and rolling greens. Mature trees line the fairways, requiring further accuracy. The layout stretches to a lengthy 7,526 yards. It has plenty of long holes and presents a formidable challenge but its playability has earned it a ranking in the top 100 public courses in the country. Nemacolin Woodlands' Links Course is a bit less difficult but it also has its own challenges in store.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7526 yards 77.0 149
Blue 72 6818 yards 73.3 138
White 72 6313 yards 71.6 137
Gold 72 5668 yards 68.5 130
Red 72 4848 yards 68.8 126
Scorecard for Mystic Rock
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 77.0/149 409 473 231 385 598 410 223 545 476 3750 438 634 185 394 465 453 525 204 468 3766 7516
Blue M: 73.5/139 368 442 211 344 491 396 170 496 444 3362 390 534 181 360 388 433 521 181 468 3456 6818
White M: 71.2/136 W: 77.5/142 299 379 178 335 504 361 126 486 415 3083 336 507 166 345 384 382 512 166 432 3230 6313
Gold M: 68.0/127 W: 73.8/134 283 340 172 328 466 343 109 381 373 2795 293 405 151 324 348 361 423 156 412 2873 5668
Red W: 68.8/125 266 278 149 243 379 271 89 379 297 2351 242 402 108 236 314 298 419 114 364 2497 4848
Handicap 13 5 15 11 3 9 17 1 7 8 2 16 14 10 12 6 18 4
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/15
Architect Pete Dye (1995) Ron Forse

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - Nemacolin Golf Academy
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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4.8
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5.0
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Top Shelf Course

A group of 16 friends attended Nemacolin Woodlands for a guy's weekend and couldn't be happier with our experience at the resort and the golf played. Mystic Rock is a challenging, but fair course that demands you bring your A-game. The facilities give you every chance to get your game tuned up before the first tee. I would recommend this course/resort for anyone ever in the Pittsburgh area and worth the trip to the resort. The staff takes as good care of the players as they do of the courses. A+ all around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Wet weather

Big-time golf at a big-time resort

Pete Dye's place in the golf firmament is well-cemented, and it's because of courses like Mystic Rock. It's maximalist but playable. It's thrilling but gettable, though on its own terms. It's at a relaxing resort, but if you take a one-swing vacation you're likely to pay dearly.

This is evident from the first tee. You can play safely out to the left and have a longer approach, or you can challenge the right side and risk going down into one of many deep, big bunkers, which are juxtaposed nicely with typical Dye pot bunkers, as well as profuse rock outcroppings that sometimes and sometimes obscure the best path to a given hole. For a course with so much blatant visual drama, there's a lot of subtlety, too, and that's what makes Mystic Rock stand out.

Conditions Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Pennsylvania Gem

I love this course. It is extremely challenging from the tips but there are holes out there that you can take advantage of. Every hole is one of a kind and it takes you up and around big boulders that have been strategically placed on the course. Plus, the course was in fantastic shape. The greens were quick and the fairway were cut beautifully.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nemacolin Has It All

Courses are in great condition consistently throughout the year. Membership rates are such a strong value for the money. Off course amenities are unmatched from Five star lodging and a five star restaurant--only 18 such combinations in the country. Casino on site.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Incredible day on beautiful course

Sometimes resort courses are too scenic and not tests of golf. This course, played from the blues, is scenic and a true test. Hit every club in my bag.

Course was in great shape with greens smooth even though the area had been pounded by rain.

Forecaddie made the round even better.

My wife and I played several times on this course which she enjoyed as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Very nice

Mystic is a very nice course but I preferred the Sheperds course. The conditions were typical resort level, very nice but played hard by below average players; divots unfilled and ball marks not fixed. The greens were nice with good movement and undulation. The tee boxes were okay, fairly beaten. The holes are very well done and fit the terrain very well. This is a very nice setup but doesn't warrant anywhere near the price point they have implemented. The resort is very nice and upscale but Mystic is not a 200 dollar course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pennsylvania's top public course? Could be

I had high expectations going playing this former host course of the PGA Tour's 84 Lumber Classic and I wasn't disappointed. Every hole is interesting, the views are great and conditions, especially the greens, are impeccable. While it's difficult, though, Pete Dye doesn't kill you on this one., There are places you can miss. Key is to play it from the right tees, though. You don't want to be coming in with long clubs all day. Still, the fairways are certainly generous enough. The key to scoring is having a good short game and flatstick,

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course But WAY Overpriced

I played this course 2 years ago for a $99 twilight rate in June and it was one of the best rounds ever for the value so I couldn't wait to go back. Then I find out that the prices this summer would be $235 during the day and still over $160 for twilight! And the new Shepherd's Rock course rates are the same so no more deals to be had at the old Links course. It's prices like these that are certainly adding to the declining participation in golf. So it looks like fall weekdays are the only time either course is somewhat affordable going forward at $135/$80 twilight. And their website doesn't even publish the rates anymore because they're so embarrassed most likely. So next summer when the price is likely $250, do yourself a favor and buy a Masters ticket, or a round at Oakmont or Bandon Dunes, or any other nationally ranked or major championship host course for the same price. Or if you're playing on a corporate dime, like I'm sure 99% of their clientele are these days, by all means, do it. The course is beautiful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

One of the most beautiful courses I have played

Played at Nemacolin for the first time on a gorgeous fall day. All I can say is wow. Even with just aerating the fairways I can't think of one negative thing about the course. Tough course but playable. Punishes wild shots but if you can keep it in play it will reward. Can't wait to come back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

A playable Pete Dye an hour south of Pittsburgh

I visited this former PGA TOUR stop fully expecting to be pummeled by those "mystic rocks" you see in all the online photos and brochures and came away dumb-founded at how playable and interesting Pete Dye made this course.

It's hard, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have the intimidating shots of a TPC Sawgrass Stadium course or the Dye course at French Lick Resort. There's always a safer route, and for resort guests who are middle to high handicaps, that's comforting. If you want to take on a fairway bunker you can, but it's not necessary.

Seven holes feature water, the most memorable being the par-5 11th hole that stretches to 634 yards.

Dye built alternating greens on the par-5 fifth and par-3 12th holes, although the secondary greens aren't used much, according to my playing partners who work at the resort.

Sculptures and random works of art add a bit of whimsy to this fantasy land in the mountains.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Great facility, challenging course

Played both the Links and Mystic courses and was very impressed. Links course is the lesser of the two but still nice. It is not visually dramatic but it is very hilly with tight greens. I wasn't hitting it straight that day and I paid for it. The rough is thick and the greens are challenging to hit even from the fairway. Several blind shots making a caddy worthwhile. The Mystic course is the championship course and has hosted PGA events in the past and it shows. Visually dramatic course with great views and interesting holes with a lot of character. Par 5s were very challenging and visually stunning, especially on the back 9. Caddy again was very helpful here as the greens were hard to read, there are some blind shots, and the distances didn't always play as listed. The course saves the best for last though as it has 3 amazing finishing holes. I read that these are the architects (Pete Dye) favorite three finishing holes of all of his courses, and I can see why. First is a dramatic par 5 to a green surrounded by mostly water. Then a long par 3 over water with the green running along the water on the left side. And the final is a dramatic par 4 with a long uphill tee shot with a dramatic drop off on the left and bunkers on the right. Course still has a huge scoreboard behind 18 which adds to the drama.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

great upscale course&clubhouse

enjoyed the whole mystic rock experience from fast true prostyle greens&bunkers to supernice clubhouse&locker areas-must play this beautiful mtn resort golfcourse-thankx

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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