Lakeview Resort — where the focus is on golf!
Our final stop on this spring’s whirlwind Golf Media Tour of West Virginia was Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown. (Click here to see map location.) After traveling throughout West Virginia in search of the best golf courses in the state, I was eager to see what Lakeview had to offer.
The resort boasts of two championship courses: The Lakeview Course and The Mountainview. Each is unique and challenging in its own way. Lakeview is the older of the two, begun in 1950 and completed in 1954. Almost every fairway is lined with trees making accuracy a must if you want to stay on the fairway. The Mountainview is the newer of the two golf courses, opening for play in 1985. It winds in and around the foothills of the Allegheny forest and has lovely vistas in every direction.
We arrived late in the afternoon and had just enough time to shower and dress for dinner before meeting our hosts on the Ticki Deck for drinks and appetizers. The food was plentiful and well prepared. As it was our final night on the road we all joined our tour host for a celebratory toast on the patio overlooking beautiful Cheat Lake.
Early the next morning it was time to load up our luggage for the last time and head for the final first tee of the tour. My foursome ended up being a threesome and the last out on the course of our group — with me alone in a golf cart tagging along behind one of our writers from Seattle and the resort’s golf pro. It all worked out quite well however as time was getting short and we both needed all the assistance we could get. The pro gave us both lots of hints on how to play each hole and by the time we got to the 18th, our group had caught up with the foursome ahead.
The 18th hole on the Lakeview Course is something of a legend and a standing challenge to every long hitter who plays the course. It is a 620 yard par-5 with a slight dogleg left. It’s so narrow that only the most accurate shot will give you a chance at a par. In the 50+ years since it was opened, no golfer has ever been able to reach the green in two. I didn’t even consider the possibility but of course, the long hitters on our media tour gave it their best shot and a couple came close. But alas, the record still stands.
Your choice of accommodations: guestrooms, suites and if you prefer family-style, there are over 50 two bedroom condominiums that line the fairways of the Lakeview course.
For an affordable vacation where golf is your focus, Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa is a great choice. For more information click here to contact the resort directly, or visit the West Virginia Tourism website.