A Hidden Gem in the Rolling Hills of Pennsylvania
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, named after a local Indian Chief, is situated just 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh, on top of the scenic Laurel Highlands’ mountains. Family-owned and run by the Hardys since it opened 31 years ago, Nemacolin is perhaps one of the best kept 5-star secrets we know.
We recently had the good fortune to spend a wonderful 36 hours at the resort. Arriving early Friday morning, we were greeted as VIPs and headed right for our appointment at the spa and our tee time at the brand-new golf course, Shepherd’s Rock. While the spa is one of the best on the East Coast, the real stars of this resort are the two Pete Dye designed golf courses.
The Golf: Mystic Rock & Shepherd’s Rock
The golf at Nemacolin merits a closer look, not only by local players but by those looking to play at world-class courses. Mystic Rock is no stranger to the best golfers on the PGA tour: once home of the 84 Lumber Classic, the event has featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Vijay Singh, and the infamous John Daly. This beautiful course takes its name from the natural rock found in the Allegheny mountain range, which one finds interwoven among the fairways and greens.