The 10 Best Golf Courses in West Virginia – Rated By Real Players

West Virginia, the “wild and wonderful” state has 130 golf courses on offer to the paying public and the variety will challenge all skill levels.

This task of selecting the 10 best golf courses in West Virginia has been eased with a collaboration with TheGrint, our favorite mobile app that helps golfers track their handicap and stats. They have collected golf course reviews from millions of real golf rounds from real golfers.

Ranking in order 1 to 10

  1. The Greenbrier Resort | Old White TPC
  2. Williams Country Club | Williams
  3. The Greenbrier | The Meadows
  4. The Arnold Palmer Signature Course At Stonewall Resort | The Arnold Palmer
  5. Sugarwood Golf Club
  6. Oglebay Resort | Palmer Course
  7. The Resort At Glade Springs | Cobb
  8. Green Hills Country Club
  9. The Woods Resort | Mountain View
  10. Cacapon State Park

1. The Greenbrier Resort | Old White TPC

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  • Site Link
  • Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6,661 meters off the Tips and 5,356 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 96.0
Fun Rating: 95.2
Shape Rating: 96.8

4 tees options available.

Signature Hole – The 164-meter par 3 18th is the signature hole.

Not many courses finish with a one-shotter, but this is a beautiful hole to finish the round.

It plays over Howard’s Creek into a difficult green, surrounded by bunkers.

Old White TPC is the flagship of the 36-hole resort.

A good easy walking course that will allow the golfer to take in all the vistas.

The layout is noted for its fabulous par 3’s that will test the short iron accuracy.

Only 2 par 5’s are in the layout with the first at the 12th.

Solid par 4’s keep the challenge going and accurate approach shots are required to hold a good score.

Bring your best short game if the iron-play is not up to scratch on the day.

2. Williams Country Club | Williams

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Weirton, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,062 meters off the Tips and 5,104 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 93.8
Fun Rating: 93.3
Shape Rating: 94.2

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 186-meter par 3 12th is my choice of signature hole.

It plays through a beautiful avenue of trees over a pond to the green.

A single bunker left is the only hazard once across the pond.

The course is set high above the Ohio River and plays its way into the valley.

Tree-lined fairways and gentle undulations, with doglegs and bunkering, strategically placed.

A feature is the back-to-back par 5’s which offer risk and reward to the bold player.

Raised green complexes require judgment on approach shots in order to

keep the card going.

The bunkers have recently been revamped and 300 trees removed to open up the track.

3. The Greenbrier | The Meadows

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  • Site Link
  • Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,211 meters off the Tips and 5,324 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 93.1
Fun Rating: 92.9
Shape Rating: 93.3

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 148-meter par 3 12th is the signature hole.

It plays across Howard’s Creek in front of the green.

The stone wall of the creek facing the tee is a bit intimidating.

2 pot-bunkers left and 1 at the back are not easy up-and-downs.

The course was revamped in 2017 after flood damage.

A feature of the track is the sod-stacked bunkers that lurk throughout the round.

Doglegs, downhill tee shots, creeks that meander through the course, forced carries,  and risk and reward holes get the adrenaline pumping.

The green complexes are testing.

A good outing awaits.

4. The Arnold Palmer Signature Course At Stonewall Resort | The Arnold Palmer

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Walkersville, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,535 meters off the Tips and 4,498 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 88.4
Fun Rating: 90.3
Shape Rating: 86.3

8 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 152-meter par 3 6th is the signature hole.

Playing across the Stonewall Jackson Lake successfully starts the hole off well.

But the highly contoured green is where the fun begins.

Hit it below the hole or a 3-putt lurks.

The fantastic layout is a challenge of note.

Playing from the forward tees allows all skill levels to revel in Arnie’s masterpiece.

Sloping fairways framed by trees and natural grasses, narrow towards the landing areas.

Golf strategists and shot-makers will be in their element as the angles for approach shots are crucial.

Placement off the tee and distance control into the undulating greens will keep a good score going.

A must-play track!

5. Sugarwood Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Lavalette, West Virginia.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,133 meters off the Tips and 4,995 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 87.8
Fun Rating: 90.0
Shape Rating: 85.6

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The short 151-meter par 3 15th is my choice of signature hole.

It plays to a peninsula-style green and distance control is the key to not getting the ball wet.

Water at the entrance on both sides then wraps around the left side to behind the green.

A card destroyer!

Water comes into play on 9 of the holes and keeping the ball dry is a challenge.

The wide undulating fairways offer attacking opportunities, provided the driver works on the day.

Moving the ball both ways in the air will set the scene for a good round.

Slightly raised undulating greens are receptive to target golf.

6. Oglebay Resort | Palmer Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Wheeling, West Virginia.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,147 meters off the Tips and 4,176 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 86.5
Fun Rating: 90.7
Shape Rating: 82.3

5 tee options available.

Signature Hole – My choice of signature hole is the 179-meter par 3 13th.

It plays to a green protected by a pond on the front edge.

Playing long brings the 3 bunkers into play at the rear.

Get the distance right!

A 36-hole facility that offers great championship courses.

The Arnold Palmer-designed Klieves Course is set in the hills of Wheeling.

Natural topography presents rolling tree-lined fairways that are wide and can be mastered by all.

Doglegs both ways, water and bunkers protect this parkland-style track.

All-round golf skills will be tested throughout.

7. The Resort At Glade Springs | Cobb

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Daniels, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,537 meters off the Tips and 4,964 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 84.5
Fun Rating: 87.7
Shape Rating: 81.3

4 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 419-meter par 4 16th is the signature hole.

A dangerous hole where a forced carry off the tee over water to a landing area split between 2 ponds.

The approach is across the same body of water to a narrow green protected by a front bunker.

Big numbers lurk!

A George Cobb designed layout where tons of soil were moved to create the course.

The tight fairways framed by tall mature trees require accuracy to avoid trouble.

Exceptional large greens throughout the round will test the putting skills.

3-putts lurk on every green!

A course for all skill levels to enjoy.

8. Green Hills Country Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Ravenswood, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 5,916 meters off the Tips and 5,226 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 83.7
Fun Rating: 83.4
Shape Rating: 84

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 201-meter par 3 2nd is my choice of signature hole.

A forced-carry over water, off the tee, continues up to the right side of the green.

3 bunkers surround the green complex.

The layup area is short in front of the green.

The layout has a long front 9 and a hilly shorter back 9.

Undulations, slopes, tall tree-framed fairways, forced carries over water and strategically placed bunkers protect par.

Positional play from the tee and layup shots are required to score well.

A shot-makers delight, but the putter needs to work well to keep a good scorecard.

9. The Woods Resort | Mountain View

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Hedgesville, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,052 meters off the Tips and 4,974 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 83.5
Fun Rating: 84.5
Shape Rating: 82.6

4 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 117-meter par 3 3rd is my choice of signature hole.

Named the “ballwasher” for a reason!

It plays across water, from the tee, that extends to the front edge of the green.

4 bunkers encircle the green and playing long is not necessarily the right option.

Could face a nervy trap-shot towards the same water just crossed!

The Mountain View course plays around a wooded plateau and the stunning Third Hill Mountains.

A relatively flat track carved from the forest.

The majestic maple, oaks, dogwood, and pine trees frame the rolling and undulating fairways.

As beautiful as they are, play into them at your peril.

A good variety of holes increases the enjoyment and the challenge.

10. Cacapon State Park

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,224 meters off the Tips and 3,679 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 82.6
Fun Rating: 88.7
Shape Rating: 76.4

5 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The shortish 346-meter par 4 10th is my choice of signature hole.

It is a double dogleg over water off the tee.

2 bunkers protect the inside corner of the fairway and the green has a single bunker front left.

Highly rated as one of the best-designed layouts in the USA.

The wide fairways meander around small streams, 3 lakes, and play through a wooded valley.

The course is flat with 73 bunkers to negotiate and doglegs both ways.

A feature is the 91-meter double green and the back 9 has more interesting holes.

Pull the big dog out and take the track on.

Other Courses Outside the Top 10

1. Oglebay Resort | Jones Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Wheeling, West Virginia.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 80.7
Fun Rating: 84
Shape Rating: 77.3

Any Robert Trent Jones course is worth playing.

His layout style, with multiple tees, allows all skill levels to enjoy a round of golf.

Sloping fairways and challenging doglegs increase the test to score well.

Very fast greens are not for everyone, but avoiding 3-putts increases the intensity.

2. Esquire Golf Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Barboursville, West Virginia.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 80.3
Fun Rating: 81.3
Shape Rating: 79.3

An interesting layout with no sand traps, but still requires concentration.

Water is ever-present and can do some serious damage to the card.

A course where all skill levels can play with enthusiasm.

3. Locust Hill Golf Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Charles Town, West Virginia.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 79.3
Fun Rating: 83.3
Shape Rating: 75.3

The Blue Ridge Mountains form a magnificent backdrop to the course.

Plenty of bunkers and deceptive undulating greens keep the interest during play.

Lakes, ponds, and streams are in play on 11 of the 18 holes.

Take your swimming costume if the golf is substandard on the day!

Final Thoughts

A fantastic place to visit and test the level of golf skills.

The mountains and scenic value, with lakes and streams meandering through most layouts, are as good a reason to play here as any!

Don’t miss any opportunity!

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