Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Mountain
Elevate Your Next Golf Trip
By Brian Weis
Situated in the valley of the Allegheny Mountain Range, The Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe is a true mountain course offering spectacular views with elevation changes on some holes measuring over 200 feet from tee to green. The award-winning Gary Player designed course is a resort friendly course. Ed Galford, VP of Operations echoed that statement on the first tee. "Gary Player built the course with the resort player in mind. The greens are big ranging from 6000-7000 square feet. Four tee boxes were used to accommodate all abilities. The most golfer friendly feature is the mounding lining the edges of the holes. All mounds were designed to push errant balls back into play and onto the fairways.
The mountainside gem flows effortlessly through the hills and valleys of the surrounding skill hill. "During construction, they moved less than 375,000 cubic yards of dirt. We like to think Gary designed the course and Mother Nature built it," chuckled Galford.
At an elevation of 4848 feet above sea level, Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers golf enthusiasts a mountaintop Village to enjoy throughout their visit. Featuring 1,400 comfortably appointed rooms, the Village is also home to numerous restaurants options and stunning sunsets.
Hole # 3 - Play a club less on this 127 yard par-3. The green drops 12 stories to an oval green.
Hole #4 - The fourth hole features the most dramatic elevation drop. The best advice Galford gave was to let you playing partners tee off first to see how the wind and elevation will affect the ball. The fairway descends 250 feet below the tee and tee shots will average a hang time of 15-20 seconds.
Hole # 5 - The number 1 handicapped hole climbs back up the ridge. From the tee, you will have to negotiate a mature tree sprouting from the middle of the fairway 220 yards out. Pick a side that will position your second shot to layup in front of a stream cutting at base of the hill. Note there is more room to left. As an aside, from the tee box you have a distance view of the skill hill and mountain lodge. At that moment you are nearly 1600 feet below the mountain village
Hole #9 - A classic risk versus reward hole awaits at this drivable par four. Before reaching for a club, look for the stick as the hole features dual greens. Ed shared that in the inaugural round Gary Player called every shot before he hit it. "On this hole Gary called a green ball and stuck it close. He rimmed his eagle putt to which he announced a birdie is a great score on this hole," Ed recalled.
Hole #13 -Gordon McHugh, Head Pro claimed this as his favorite. "This hole is my favorite because double dog leg left par 5 that offers up some risk versus reward opportunities. If you bomb a driver you have a decision to make. If you think you can hit a 200 yard, all-carry shot over water you will get home in two. When I go for it, it feels like golf's version of kicking a field goal," smiled Gordon.
Trust me, the safer play is to bail out to the right and give yourself an angle for your third shot.
Golf Week Magazine 2010: #2 Course in the State of West Virginia, "Best Courses You Can Play"
Golf Week Magazine 2009: "#2 Course in the State of West Virginia"
Golf Digest 2008/2009: 4.5 Star Rating (5 Stars possible)
Golf Week Magazine 2007: "18th Best Resort Course in the Nation"
Golf Week Magazine 2006:"Ranked #1 Public Access Course in West Virginia" - Fifth straight year receiving this number one ranking
Golf Week Magazine 2006:"Ranked #17 in the Top 40 Resort Courses in America"
Golf Week Magazine 2006: "Ranked #84 in the Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in US"
Washington Golf Monthly 2006:"One of the 100 Must Play Golf Courses in the Mid-Atlantic"
Travel & Leisure Golf: Rated in the Top 25 of the "Best 100 Courses to Play Under $100"
How To Get There
Snowshoe Mountain is located in rural West Virginia. As far as getting there, GPS units are not always the most reliable source for turn-by-turn directions. In addition, some of the roads in the area are not properly mapped. It is recommended to input the longitude and latitude coordinates, rather than using a street address.
Inn at Snow Shoe
Mountain Top Check-In
While the road to the resort is winding and weaving, it is absolutely worth the drive.
4 Tees: 7045, 6397, 5976 and 4363 yards
Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Mountain
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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