The Arnold Palmer Signature Course At Stonewall Resort

4.1764705882 4.2 stars from 5 (7)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7149 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.4
  • Layout

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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (2002), Ed Seay (2002)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round. High Season: April 30th - October 16th

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Palmer 72 7149 yards 75.4 143
Gold 72 6726 yards 73.2 141
Gold/Blue 72 6455 yards 71.5 137
Blue 72 6228 yards 70.0 131
Blue/White 72 6015 yards 69.1 127
White 72 5821 yards 68.3 122
White (W) 72 5821 yards 74.5 134
Black 72 5297 yards 66.1 117
Black (W) 72 5297 yards 71.7 130
Red 72 4921 yards 64.6 115
Red (W) 72 4921 yards 69.6 127
King 72 2568 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 7 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

7 out of 7 reviews


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"Challenging"


geriw117's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Raining one day and hot another when we played but still challenging. Pay attention to yardage as some holes deceiving.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect fall day"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Had an absolute blast playing the course. Played it for the second time this year and it did not disappoint. The only reason I gave 3 stars for course conditions was 3 greens were undergoing some work so the flag was placed in front with a white circle I guess representing the putting surface. I understand the need for greens to get some maintenance from time to time especially on mountain courses where it is a little tougher but paying full price for only 15 true greens seemed like a little bit of a rip off. Will definitely come back next year though, staff was as friendly as could be. Love the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/01/2017

Thank you for visiting us and playing our course. I am glad you enjoyed your round, even though three of the greens were closed. It was not by choice , but out of necessity to allow them to grow back in after a particularly horrid summer. As a result we reduced our normal rate for that time of year by almost 50% to reflect the tough conditions.

We are addressing some of the environmental issues for each of those green sites, but Mother Nature is the ultimate influencer. The mild winter has been kind to our recovery efforts. We do look forward to your return this season. Thanks again for enjoying our facility.


"HIDDEN GEM"


catman33's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I have played Stonewall a few times. Being the mountains of West Virginia the course is relatively flat. The course has one of the best layouts you will ever play. Each hole is very unique. Each hole is separate from the rest of the course which makes for a very quiet and relaxing round of golf. GPS on the carts helps a lot when playing for the first time. The course conditions were outstanding even though its been a rough summer. We had 12 in our group and all were very impressed. The practice area is one of he best. I love practicing on natural grass before the round. Can't wait to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/01/2017

Thank you for the comments and the understanding for the weather conditions we endured.


"Great design - Recommend with reservations"


abwnd76's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I played the Stonewall Resort course on 9/18/15. The par 72 course is advertised as an Arnold Palmer signature course.

The design was outstanding. Every hole was different from any other and presented unique and scenic, but fair challenges. Stonewall Resort is part of the West Virginia state park system and there is a large lake and resort on site. I did not stay there, but stopped on my way along I-79 to Pittsburgh. The course is located about 4 miles off I-79 and was easy to find.

I played the gold/blue tee combination which is one of nine tees or combinations available. The gold/blue tees play to 6,455 yards with a rating of 71.5 and slope of 137. The various tee combinations play from 7,149 yards to a short course of 2,568 yards.

Service

I had passed the exit this course was off of many times over the last eight years and never had time to stop and play. I called from the road the day I played and left a message on the pro shop voice mail asking about the chance of playing and they called back within 10 minutes and invited me over. The pro shop attendant, cart attendants, and starter all were very friendly. The pro shop employee informed me that there was no drinking water on the course and that the beverage cart was probably on her final round for the day. He encouraged me to buy some water or drinks to take with me which turned out to be good advice.

When I talked to the starter, he was a very friendly gentleman but kept encouraging me to play the white tees of 5,821yards since I had never played there before. I found it strange that he never asked my experience or handicap but seemed very insistent that I should play the shorter tees. I went with my gut and played the tees at a yardage that I was consistently playing at my home club. The course did start with somewhat of a blind tee shot but there was a very good GPS on the cart that showed yardages, design, hazards, etc.

Overall Condition

I was stunned at the condition of the course in a negative way. They had obviously aerated not too long ago, which is not unusual, but there were an inordinate number of bare spots in the fairways and around the greens that I found disappointing for such a grand design. And even for a green that had been aerated, I was surprised that the surface had not been smoothed out somewhat and that the chance of a putt going true were absolutely zero. The front nine was in worse shape than the back nine. The back nine seemed to have fewer bare spots in the fairways and around the greens.

Clubhouse/Amenities

This course has a restaurant, clubhouse, driving range, and practice green. I had no time to use the driving range or any of the other facilities. The clubhouse does have a nice porch around it from which you have a nice view of the course and the park.

Value

I played the course on an afternoon rate of $68.90 which was the after 2:00 rate. The regular rack rate was $94 plus tax. I was very disappointed at the conditioning of the course and the fact they were charging top rates. Had the design not been so strong and the holes so unique, I would have been even more disappointed. They have what should be a great course that does not live up to the conditioning they advertise. I’m glad I played it but disappointed that I would not be in a hurry to play it again. I have been part of their email mailing list for at least a year with the thought of maybe staying there someday for a weekend. In the current condition, I would have been very upset had I done so based on the email representations.

In summation, I think Arnold would be proud of his design but disappointed in its appearance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/03/2017

Thanks for visiting us and playing our course. I am sorry your experience did not meet your expectations. I can address your condition concerns. During the previous months prior to your arrival we experienced heavy rains in our fairways and then tremendous heat before the water had enough time to drain. This is called scald. Basically, the turf plant boiled to death thus creating those bare areas. Those areas have been re-seeded and allowed, by weather conditions, to grow back in. We experienced the scalding event again in 2016 as well, but not as severe.

Regarding spots around greens; these were created by years of mechanical damage and the harsh weather that summer. We have since re-sodded around the greens to ensure the defined edge between collar and rough is clear and turf is playable.

Recovery from aerating greens is truly weather dependent. I am sorry that you felt the greens were not smooth enough. We do take great care to have our greens still puttable as they are recovering from aeration.

I do look forward to your return and chance to enjoy the course again.


"Great Secluded Course"


slabotnick's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This is an incredible course that is hidden away in the mountains of WV. There is a lot of wildlife that you will see on this Arnold Palmer course. It's very well maintained and a lot of fun to play. Definitely play if you get the chance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/03/2017

We are glad you enjoyed playing the course.

We look forward to your return.


"Great tournament course, fantastic views"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

If your game is off, you will lose balls in the high grass just off the fairways, but there's no denying this is a great test of golf. Just bring plenty of balls, play lost balls as lateral and enjoy the ride. Built around Stonewall Jackson Lake, there are elevated tees, doglegs, greens with plenty of movement and a great variety of holes. Plus, the staff has put great effort in recent years to improve drainage, firm up the fairways and generally provide excellent playing conditions. Coupled with the Stonewall Resort, it's a terrific destination experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/03/2017

Thank you for the positive comments. We have continued install drainage and apply fairway topdressing in an effort to firm up our fairways. Also, we continually address micro-environments around our greens that have challenges.

We look forward to your return visit.


"great course"


mplumley's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Great course beautiful views. Excellent staff. Liked it so well had to play it again before I left. The resort was great as well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/03/2017

Thanks for the positive comments. Glad you enjoyed playing the course.

Please come back again.



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