The Takeaway: Nemacolin's newest course stands as one of Pete Dye's most fun layouts thanks in part to co-architect Tim Liddy's influence. The bigger targets, better vistas, and superior terrain add up to edge out Mystic Rock as Nemacolin's best track and creates the best public access course in Pennsylvania. Grade B+
Designer: Pete Dye in 2017
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 Shepherd's Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, PA
Accolades: Ranked 7th in Pennsylvania on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State rankings.
What to Expect: The new kid on the block, Shepherd's Rock, was built in 2017 by Pete Dye with partner Tim Liddy taking a lead role on the design. The second course on the 2,000 acre Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Shepherd's Rock is a kinder layout than most players are accustomed to when stepping onto a track associated with Pete Dye. Golfers are greeted with a 244 acre layout over rolling terrain and features wide fairways, a handful of water features, and expansive vistas. Rated as an easier course than Mystic Rock due to less length, Shepherd's counters with more slope in the greens and a higher likelihood of getting an uneven lie in the bentgrass fairways. The strong opening hole is a sweeping dogleg left plays downhill off the tee before ascending to the green, but things get really interesting at the 4th hole. Shepherd's longest hole is a stunning three-shotter with impressive views, a double fairway, and a massive bunker lined in railroad ties. The course continues to deliver memorable hole after memorable hole, including the par five 13th that plays from an island tee box, until the impressive finisher. 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. While there will be years of debate whether Shepherd's or Mystic is the better course, the author will side with the younger brother in a photo finish.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 5th Hole – 214 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 12th Hole – 188 Yards
Best Par 4: 11th Hole – 443 Yards
Best Par 5: 9th Hole – 562 Yards
Birdie Time: 13th Hole – 538 Yard Par 5
Bogey Beware: 4th Hole – 619 Yard Par 4