By Roger Cox, Editor
Once a country estate, this 1,700-acre property is that rare resort administered by the municipal park authority. Lately they have plowed millions of dollars into its improvement, including the renovation and expansion of the hilltop Wilson Lodge at the heart of the resort. Guests bed down in any of the lodge's 212 rooms or in one of 49 deluxe cottages with large living rooms and anywhere from two to six bedrooms.
Once there, guests can take advantage of 10 acres of gardens, two golf courses—a classic designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the newer Spiedel course designed by Arnold Palmer—and the Oglebay Tennis Center, whose 10 clay courts are under the director of Marc S. White (there are six more clay courts elsewhere in the park). White may be familiar to some of you as the former director of the Litchfield Tennis School. Here at Oglebay, he's established both a weekly program of group and private lessons as well as his own Marc S. White Tennis School, which runs Friday-to-Sunday from May 1-October 1.
Other recreation includes swimming pools, a zoo, stables, watersports on a lake, walking and jogging trails, kids camps, two museums, and a fitness center. There are also four bubbled U.S. Open blue hard courts (a cushioned surface called Classic Turf) 4 miles away in Wheeling Park.
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Lodging options include the 212-room Wilson Lodge and 49 cottages, the latter with from 2 to 6 bedrooms.
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General Tourist Information. Visit the West Virginia Tourism website or contact them at 800-CALL WVA.