Championship Golf Courses in Allegheny Mountain Foothills
The Lakeview Course is a sight to behold, but its par 5 seventh hole takes the cake. From the tee, 564 yards of lush bentgrass unfurl along the shores of Cheat Lake at a dramatic vertical drop of 180 feet. The equally challenging sister course, Mountainview, weaves a sinuous path into the Allegheny forest's undulating foothills. Golfers from far and wide have made the pilgrimage to Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa to challenge course records set by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead. Though the forested, 500-acre resort feels like a remote hideaway, it lies conveniently within reach of downtown Morgantown and West Virginia University.
Completed in 1954 by architect James Harrison, the par 72 Lakeview Course still challenges big hitters on its mammoth 18th hole, where no player has ever reached the green in two strokes. After attempting the near impossible, you can unwind at Spa Roma with a soothing massage.
At Legends Sports Bar & Tiki Deck, high-definition televisions broadcast PGA events and divot-filling seminars. The casual eatery serves up jumbo shrimp cocktail ($12) and chicken quesadillas ($8) and the tropical-themed Tiki Deck doubles as a grandstand for Lakeview’s 18th green.
Morgantown, West Virginia: College Town Along the Monongahela River
Morgantown hugs the Pennsylvania border along the picturesque Monongahela River. Farther southeast, toward the Allegheny Mountains, Cheat River draws outdoor enthusiasts with its springtime whitewater rafting. Those interested in a more peaceful communion with nature can hike along Caperton Trail, which passes a vintage train depot and heads into historical downtown Morgantown.
Home of West Virginia University, downtown Morgantown blends the dynamism of a university town with rustic, small-town charm. Along Main Street, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques now occupy late 19th-century Victorian buildings. Decadent chocolates take center stage on April 14 for Chocolate Lovers' Day, when the downtown area teems with dessert samples and the Monongahela is drained and filled with liquefied chocolate.