By Bill Nestor
This past week took us to Tygart Lake Golf Course. Located just outside of Grafton, this 18 hole venue has long been known as one of the best tracks in North Central West Virginia.
The bones have always been good here and the layout is conducive to a great round of golf. However, it’s the attention to detail and several upgrades that have this course at the top of the game. New ownership and leadership have been the difference makers that have drawn the attention to Tygart Lake. The membership has grown to nearly triple digits and the amount of daily play has been through the roof.
The front nine allows an opportunity to get your feet wet with five straight forward scoring holes. Number 6 is a par 5 that plays under 600 yards from the blue tees. Number 7 has always been my favorite, a par 3 that is protected by water. It is so beautiful that it takes your focus away from the hole.
The backside picks up the pace on number 11, a lengthy par 4 with water down the right and in front of an elevated green. Number 12 is the number one handicap hole that owns a new elevated tee area that doglegs right with water down the entire right side. Number 14 has received a facelift of epic proportions. New tee boxes lengthen the par 5, changing the risk versus reward factor to a new knee-knocking level. A brand new bridge has been added on this hole as well. Number 17 is the ultimate roll of the dice, par 5, it is lined with heavy trees on both sides. A driver could bring a scoring opportunity or a big number.
Tygart Lake Golf Course has plenty of teeth, providing a challenge to top golfers of all skill levels. Punishing rough, multiple water hazards, and strategically placed bunkers are mainstays here.
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They are quick to help in any way possible. I spent 15 minutes in the pro shop before hitting the links. The 19th hole is top shelf and provides a chance to recap a great day.
Tygart Lake Golf Course has upped the bar and it’s a definite must play this season!