Get Teed-Off in Marion CountyApril 5, 2017
Golf season is gearing up in north-central West Virginia. Winter is a distant memory and terms like Hole, Fore, Bogey, Birdie, Ace, Bunker, Par and Handicap have been playing in the back of our head for months now, right?
So gather your pals or get in some practice time because Marion County is home to four courses all within driving range (get it, driving range?).
Apple Valley Country Club | 277 Apple Valley Road, Fairmont
Spend a leisurely afternoon at this 9-hole public golf course. This is the longest 9-hole course east of the Mississippi! Tee times aren’t required and memberships are available.
In the height of the season, the course is open daily from 7:00 am to sunset.
Fairmont Filed Club | 1709 country Club Road, Fairmont
Established in 1912, this majestic facility boasts a 9-hole golf course and grand reception area. The Field Club restaurant is open Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The course is open to the public Tuesday and Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and weekends 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Green Hills Country Club | 126 Green Hills Lane, Fairmont
Open to the public every Monday at 10:00 am and Saturday at 1:00 pm, this fine destination boasts an 18-hole championship course, putting green and practice range. Green Hills also has locker rooms, repair services and a fully stocked pro shop.
Other recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, sports bar, covered patio and grill room.
White Day Golf Course | 3911 Smithtown Road, Fairmont
In the height of the season, this 18-hole course is open from 7:00 am to sunset. Tee times are not required. Be sure to ask about their special rates and carts are included with green fees.
Looking to sharpen your skills before you hit the greens? The Whitehall Driving Range, located at 3474 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, is a 300-yard facility which also has a bunker. You can even get tips from a trainer. Call to schedule an appointment at 304.363.0405.
The driving range is open daily 10:00 am to sunset.
But traditional golf courses is not all you will find in Marion County.
Putt your way through 18 holes of challenging obstacles, all enlivened with a coal mining theme at Coal County Miniature Golf, located at 22 Coal Country Lane, Fairmont. Coal Country was named to USA TODAY Travel list of Unique Miniature Golf Courses around the USA! http://ow.ly/Q8DFw
A coal mine museum is also located beside the course. Discover what it is like to shovel a ton of coal!
But not all golf is played with clubs. Marion County is home to two of the best disc golf courses in the region. The Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course and Orange Crush Course are located at Morris Park.
Located in a beautiful park setting, the Seth Burton Memorial Course was built in 2003 by Johnny Sias. The course is very hilly and moderately wooded. Also located in the same park, the Orange Crush Course was built in 2007 by Phil Burton and Josh Smith. The course is very woodsy with many twists and turns over extreme elevation changes. Elevated basket on Lucky #8 (set in an ancient stone fireplace).
You’ll also find more women getting in on the disc golf action. A women’s league will meet at the park every Wednesday.
Are you out for the love of the sport, or do you have more of a competitive streak? Either way, you can get your golf fix in Marion County!
What’s your favorite form of golf?