Pete Dye’s Newest Creation

The highly anticipated grand opening of Pete Dye and Tim Liddy’s newest creation at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort surpassed the hype.

A bagpipe parade led to the ribbon cutting ceremony from Horizon Point to the 9th green with flutes of champagne en route. Draped in Tartan, Val the mascot ram joined the Hardy family with celebs from Duck Dynasty and John Daly for the momentous occasion.

The course vista was breathtaking as the 84 Lumber hot air balloon inhaled and exhaled proudly. An inaugural round followed with food, cigars and beverage samplings at tee boxes from the many fine restaurants throughout the resort.

Never have we experienced the high quality consistency in cuisine between so many chefs and kitchens under the guidance of Executive Chef Matt Moore.

We grazed the course like happy sheep, coming 6 feet from winning the hole in one Maserati on #8.

On the 9th hole John Daly entertained by powering balls to the fairway with his winning new Vertical Groove driver.

Shepherd’s Rock had high expectations to live up to. After all, the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is rated the number one public course in Pennsylvania.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Shepherd’s Rock Golf Course

Owner Maggie Hardy Magerko chose the name Shepherd’s Rock to honor her life shepherd, her father and founder, Joe Hardy.

He was also the owner and president of 84 Lumber before passing them both on to his very capable Maggie who shares his vision of fun for everyone.

She brought Mike Jones from Kapalua in Hawaii to direct operations. He and his staff are happily at your service every second.

Wispy grasses adorn the flowing hills below the Allegheny Mountains where Maggie said we should scream in the hills. Indeed on 16 we sang, “The Hills are Alive” for the 360-degree views.

The course encircles the Falling Rock boutique hotel culminating on 18 with a large lake, cascading waterfalls and a hippo sculpture.

Falling Rock Hotel

Over 90 whimsical sculptures are positioned around every corner, many of rams and birds. Real animals are seen throughout the resort including lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Oh yes, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has something for everyone – skeet shooting, zip lining, spa, casino, pools, equestrian center, car and plane museums and more.

Shuttles transport to all areas every few minutes or there is the Rolls Royce and Bentley transport service. Shepherd’s Rock had the best grand opening from fireworks to a gala rocking with Huey Lewis and the News.

It will indubitably join its sister Mystic Rock as a top course to play for decades to come.