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Pikewood National gains spot on Golfweek list

(MORGANTOWN, W.V.)Pikewood National Golf Club – dedicated to preserving the time-honored traditions of the game by providing a pure golf experience – debuts at No. 32 on Golfweek’s 2017 “Best Modern List.”  

Opened in 2009, Pikewood National has garnered praise and recognition from experts throughout the industry for its challenging yet fair layout. Placement in Golfweek’s “Best Modern List” further validates the achievement of designers Bob Gwynne and John Raese.

“When building Pikewood National, our goal was to create a course that embodied the traditional design aspects from the turn of the 20th century.” says Bob Gwynne, co-designer of Pikewood National. “As a course built for players, Pikewood National exhibits a wonderful balance of exciting golf, breathtaking scenery, and well-appointed amenities.”

Golfweek's ranking panel consists of 675 voters from seven countries. Raters focus on 10 criteria when surveying a course including overall land plan, variety and memorability of the course, conditioning and ecology, as well as the "walk in the park test," which documents a course’s worthiness of time spent traversing the property. Golfweek’s rankings include private, resort, and public courses.

Pikewood National was constructed with the intent of transforming the terrain into a remarkable test of golf, while emphasizing the abundance of natural beauty that surrounds the property. Committed to offering an authentic experience, Pikewood National is a walking only club with dramatic views, natural waterfalls, and majestic rock outcroppings lining many areas of the course. 

The par-72 design can play anywhere from 6,450 to 7,600 yards. Many of Pikewood National’s holes would be considered “signature holes” on almost any golf course. Some examples include the par-3, 5th – featuring a natural waterfall behind the green – and the par-5, 8th – dubbed “Audacity” – a 561 yard “Cape Hole” with a deep gorge guarding the right side of the fairway. 

For more information regarding membership, call 304.864.3312 or visit Pikewood National Golf Club.

About Pikewood National

Perched high atop a mesa in the mountains of West Virginia, Pikewood National Golf Club is the embodiment of golf in its purest form. Built by amateur course architects John Raese and Bob Gwynne, Pikewood National’s par-72, 7,600-yard layout embraces the region’s most stunning natural topography and provides every golfer with a breathtaking and challenging golf experience. To preserve the time-honored traditions of the game, walking is required and rounds are enjoyed either with a caddy or by carrying one’s bag.

Access, events and tournaments are solely for members and guests. In addition to being one of America’s most exclusive clubs, members enjoy a rustically-elegant clubhouse equipped with the finest amenities as well as The Tee at Pikewood National, one of the most pristine practice facilities in golf. Three cottages are offered for use by members and guests featuring four spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms, fireplace, outdoor gas grill, fire pit and a 60” LCD television with satellite reception. 

Recent accolades for Pikewood National Golf Club include:

  • World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – Golf Digest (2015)
  • America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses – Golf Digest (2017)
  • Best New Private Course in America – Golf Digest (2009)
  • America’s 20 Hardest Golf Courses – Golf Digest (2016)
  • Five Hardest Golf Courses in the U.S. – Forbes (2016)
  • Greatest One Hit Wonders – LINKS Magazine (2011)


Ben Cramer