West Virginia's tourism slogan may be "Wild and Wonderful," but it's also home to manicured greens.
The Mountain State's courses are highly ranked by golfing magazines and even include a stop on the PGA tour.
Despite this prestige, this impressive array of challenging courses come with comfortable lodging at reasonable prices.
My group of golf-travel writers visited five destinations in six days, beginning in the state's northern panhandle at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling and working our way south to the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.
* Oglebay, owned by the city of Wheeling, is operated by the Wheeling Park Commission and has four golf courses, including championship-caliber tracks designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Sr.
We played the Palmer Course, challenging and pleasing to the eye, with its 444-yard, par-4 first hole an immediate test. It's rated as the No. 1 handicap hole.
Although we didn't play the Jones Course, we heard great things about it. An Oglebay regular I know said the Jones Course is four to five strokes tougher than the Palmer Course.
Oglebay's Crispin Course is a shorter 18-hole track, and it also has a nine-hole par-3 course.
Find outdoor and indoor pools at Ogelbay, along with a tennis center, the Good Zoo, the Mansion Museum, the Glass Museum, specialty shops and a range of dining options.
* Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa, in Morgantown, about 95 miles and two hours from Wheeling, is an enduringly popular golf destination near the main campus of West Virginia University.
We played Lakeview, the older of the resort's two courses. With elevation changes and nearby Cheat Lake as backdrop, the front nine of the Lakeview Course is especially scenic. Putting surfaces are first-rate on both nines at Lakeview and its par-5, 620-yard 18th is a stout finishing hole.
Mountainview is its other course.
Lakeview Resort's main lodge, cottages and manor houses include a restaurant, bar and fitness center.
* Stonewall Resort, in Roanoke, is a state-owned resort with just one golf course. But oh, what a course it is!