Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Mystic Rock Course

4.6008235294 4.6 stars from 5 (11)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7526 yards
  • Slope: 149
  • Rating: 77.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - Nemacolin Golf Academy

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire shall be worn at all times on the golf courses and practice areas. Cutoff shorts, gym shorts, beachwear, denim jeans or denim shorts, T-shirts, and halter or tank tops are not appropriate attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7526 yards 77.0 149
Blue 72 6791 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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 11 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

10 out of 11 reviews


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"Pennsylvania Gem"


MastersChamp2's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nemacolin Has It All"


Rumbunter's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




u000001029234's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Incredible day on beautiful course"


Torodeleste's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice"


Randall9750593's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pennsylvania's top public course? Could be"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Course But WAY Overpriced"


Moneyball4454's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"One of the most beautiful courses I have played"


mcquainc13's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A playable Pete Dye an hour south of Pittsburgh"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great facility, challenging course"


pedz55's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.<br/> 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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"great upscale course&clubhouse"


teemark's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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