The Takeaway: A centerpiece to the extravagant Nemacolin Resort in SW Pennsylvania, Mystic Rock makes no apologies for the over-the-top experience showcased by a grand waterfall on the 5th hole, a towering leaderboard on the closing hole, as well as statues, and of course rocks, throughout. While plenty challenging, the course is more fun and forgiving than other Dye layouts and worthy of its distinction as one of the finest casino resort destinations in the country. Grade B+
Designer: Pete Dye in 1995
Cost: $95.00 - $225.00 (includes GPS cart, driving range, forecaddie during daylight hours but not gratuity) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (724) 329-6111 or (844) 366-0789
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, PA
Accolades: Ranked 8th in Pennsylvania on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State rankings.
What to Expect: Mystic Rock was built in 1995 on the 2,000 acre Nemacolin Woodlands Resort that Joseph Hardy III purchased in 1987 and turned into a AAA Five Diamond resort hotel. Located 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, the resort is an impressive spread with five lodging options totaling 322 rooms, a luxurious spa with 40 treatment rooms, five swimming pools, 15 dining options, a casino, a multimillion dollar art collection, a plethora of outdoor activities ranging from tennis, to shuffleboard, to mountain biking, to rock climbing, to paintball, to shooting and archery - let alone 36 holes of great golf. The former home of the 84 Lumber Classic PGA Tour event, Mystic Rock can stretch out over 7500 yards and stand as one of the most challenging courses in the country with a 77.0 rating. The course is partially a golf experience and partially a visual and art experience as Mystic Rock has a large waterfall next to the 5th green, rocks creating retaining walls for fairways and water features, and multiple statues on display including Vijay Singh, Gene Sarazen, and John Daly among others. While the course is challenging, selecting the appropriate tees for your skill level makes all the difference in the world since the fairways and greens are relatively generous and certainly easier to handle than many diabolical Pete Dye designs. The result is a great blend that makes a course tough enough to host the best players in the world while still catering to the traditional resort player. In the end, the more traditional layout and extra bling of Mystic Rock makes it the preference of the two courses at Nemacolin for many visitors.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 598 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 12th Hole – 185 Yards
Best Par 4: 2nd Hole – 473 Yards
Best Par 5: 11th Hole – 634 Yards
Birdie Time: 13th Hole – 394 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 9th Hole – 476 Yard Par 4