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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6099 yards
Slope 130
Rating 69.9
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6099 yards 69.9 130
White 72 5713 yards 68.0 126
Gold 72 5272 yards 66.8 121
Red 72 4823 yards 68.1 122
Scorecard for Old Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 69.6/128 W: 75.1/137 475 153 460 458 163 378 323 310 163 2883 373 199 528 568 355 500 169 353 171 3216 6099
White M: 67.7/125 W: 73.0/132 469 142 419 447 148 364 308 287 151 2735 352 172 507 515 333 477 152 316 154 2978 5713
Gold M: 65.8/120 W: 70.5/126 419 136 415 440 140 318 301 284 145 2598 334 159 416 438 327 470 101 294 135 2674 5272
Red M: 63.6/115 W: 68.1/121 363 127 400 404 137 313 270 259 125 2398 329 154 406 432 222 365 97 288 132 2425 4823
Handicap 1 15 5 3 13 7 9 11 17 8 14 4 2 10 6 18 12 16
Par 5 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 3 36 4 3 5 5 4 5 3 4 3 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1892
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.2
5 Reviews (5)
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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4.0
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Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Old School Feel

This William Flynn track oozes old school vibes. the stately clubhouse, the layout of the holes and the bunkering all speak to a different era. Still, this mountain course and its tradition stands up, as evidenced by its top 30 rankings in the American Public Course lists. The course boasts the "oldest first tee in continuous use" in the country, and is set against the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains, which influence the outward nine. The rolling elevation changes produce few flat lies, despite the severely cambered fairways funneling balls to collection areas. Here's a tip I discovered quickly: I had heard from others that because this course sits at a great elevation above sea level that I would need to be prepared for shots to fly 10-15 yards more than normal. I did find that my driver thru 8-iron did fly farther. However, 9-iron through wedges did not. I didn't execute this early in the round and it cost me some shots. Waterfalls and the rushing stream of Cascades Gorge dissect the back nine, which plays mostly through a flat in a valley. The bent greens were spectacular. Something about the western Virginia mountain climate agrees with bentgrass because they were soft and smooth. Downhill putts can get away from you. These are old-line greens though, so expect them to be slightly raised with not a lot of contour, just gentle slope. There are few forced carries, making it playable for higher handicappers. I particularly liked the finishing holes: back-to-back par 5s before the par-3 finisher. Finally, tip #2. Arrive early, especially if not staying at the resort. The Cascades course is about 5 minutes from the resort and does not have a driving range - only a putting green. So, if you want to hit balls you'll have to head to the Old Course first.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Sneed would be proud.

As a high handicap I was nervous playing the old course with do much history and blind tee shots. I played the front nine one day and the back the next. Where to start the resort itself is awaome so I had high expectations for the course and to be truthful the course stood up. The first hole is a par 5 long but reachable in two if u place your shot tight I did not. The fairways are narrow and the second cut thick. Never had an issue finding my ball. Most of the shots were blind tee shots. Greens were receptive but rolled true to the line I picked. On the back most of the greens were a good drive and a pitch away from a bird. I can not wait to come back.

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

October Leaf Beauty

This course is beautiful! Played in prime leaf viewing season. Good news, the views on the course were spectacular. The not good news is that with all the downed leaves, it was sometime impossible to find balls in the fairway. A number of folks lost balls in the fairway. This is less a criticism of the grounds staff and more a fact with the heavy leaf fall, it was virtually impossible to keep the fairways clear. Loved the six holes each of par 3s, 4s, and 5s. Golf staff were very friendly and helpful.
I would suggest they add a shuttle back and forth to the driving range for a large event like ours was. A number of our more senior golfers did not appreciate the hike to and from the range.

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

No Flat Lies!

Played two round over a couple of days. Course was in great shape. Mid October so leaves could have been an issue. The grounds staff did a great job keeping the leaves under control if you hit the ball in or near the fairway. If you didn't then you were in trouble as you should be! Golf staff, starter, bag staff, and shuttle driver couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The test on this course is hitting good shots from the never flat lies.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Historical & Beautiful

It's a rare treat to tee off of the oldest continuous use tee box in America. That is how you begin your round on the first hole. The course is lush, green, and well-maintained. The layout is unique with expected elevation changes. Be certain to study the layout because their is trouble in areas you can't see. The green speeds were inconsistent but in superb shape. I'm pretty sure I heard Sam Snead's ghost tell me I sucked.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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