Stonewall Resort - West Virginia - USA

Stonewall Resort,
940 Resort Drive,
West Virginia (WV) 26447,

  • +1 304 269 7400

  • André D'Amour

  • Eric Larsen of Arnold Palmer Design

  • Randy Hernly

Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in Lewis County was an ambitious outdoor amenity project – consisting of campsite, marina and offices – that was completed in 1990 by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of flood control measures for the West Fork River.

One of thirty six state parks in West Virginia, ten of which have golfing facilities, it was one of the first in the US to combine federal, state and private interests into one ownership body, using Benchmark Hospitality International to manage the park in its re-branded format as Stonewall Resort.

As part of Stonewall’s multi-million dollar improvement program at the end of the 1990s, the resort acquired the talents of Eric Larsen, one of the most highly respected project architects at Arnold Palmer Design, to lay out a championship golf course within the property.

“Stonewall’s different than a lot of the courses we’ve designed, mainly because it’s fairly tight,” says Larsen. “It’s a very subtle course visually but it’ll bite you playing it. It’s a gorgeous site with a ton of variety but there was a small amount of usable space. We did a number of routing plans, trying to make the golf course fit the best it possibly could.”

The layout opened in the summer of 2002, quickly establishing itself as one of the best public access courses in the whole country. With fairways that play over water, cut across wetlands, weave through woodland and cling to the side of valleys, the course offers challenge and beauty in equal measure – and with no real estate development, it’s just golf and nature at one with each other.

The downhill 166-yard, par three 6th is rated the easiest hole on the front nine but it’s also the most memorable, playing across part of the lake with a carry of around a hundred yards to a highly contoured green. The 455-yard, par four 17th may be remembered for a different reason as the large, dead tree that sits in the centre of marshland between the fairway and green divides opinion on its strategic merit.

Randy Hernly Stonewall's Head Professional commented as follows:

The most challenging hole is the 17th. Driving distance is somewhat limited as the fairway ends at an area of wetland. The carry across the wetland area to the green is about 165 yards. The left side of the fairway is protected by a large tree in the wetlands area so the tee shot must be fairly precise in the middle to right side of fairway. Too far right is a lateral hazard. The putting surface is protected at the front left by a bunker with bunkers long and to the right. The green is kidney shaped and slopes from front to back and right to left. Par is a very good score here and bogey is acceptable!

As far as a “signature hole” on the course is concerned, we have around a dozen that could qualify. Hole 6 is the recognized signature hole, a par three across Stonewall Jackson Lake that is well protected in front by bunkers with a green divided into four quadrants by small ridges. The par five 7th is a very pretty hole, framed by tall trees and, from 130 yards in, is lined by bunkers that shape the fairway. Hole 12 is a par five with a split fairway in the landing area for the second shot which then plays up a valley to a tiny elevated green. Hole 17 would also qualify as described above!

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Description: As part of Stonewall’s multi-million dollar improvement program, the resort acquired the talents of Eric Larsen, to lay out a championship golf course within the property. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Dave Finn
The Stonewall Resort is located just off I-79 near Roanoke in the centre of West Virginia affectionately known as the Mountain Lakes region. There are no permanent homes here since it is sits in a State Park and perched on 1900 acres overlooking Stonewall Jackson Lake. This resort has attained a Four Diamond Award from AAA because of its’ Stonewall Resort Golf Course - Photo by reviewerrustic charm with modern amenities. Accommodations include an Adirondack style lodge with 186 rooms, 5 suites as well as ten fully equipped lakeside cottages. Their Arnold Palmer Signature Course has a 4 ½ star rating and is consistently ranked in the top 100 public golf courses in America. The rolling terrain and the tight tree-lined fairways really give you the true feel of West Virginia – secluded, relaxed with plenty of wildlife including deer, wild turkey and bobcats. All par fives are uphill but there are six sets of tee blocks so it fair for all caliber of golfers. There are some long distances between holes so it is definitely a driving course. A word to the wise, keep your ball on the fairway or pay the price. Golf Getaway Packages for two start at $240USD and include one round of golf for each person, GPS equipped cart, range privileges, overnight accommodations for two in the lakeside lodge and a breakfast buffet. The course opens at the end of March until the US Thanksgiving weekend in November. Read about more golf in West Virginia at
May 20, 2014
8 / 10
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