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Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

Wheeling, West Virginia

By Roger Cox, Editor

Oglebay Mansion at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, Wheeling, West Virginia
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Once a country estate, Oglebay Mansionthis 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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(10 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
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4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
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Rates and Reservations

Lodging options include the 212-room Wilson Lodge and 49 cottages, the latter with from 2 to 6 bedrooms.

May-October, 2016
See website for details and pricing

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Rt. 88 N.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-243-4000
Toll-free: 800-624-6988
Web Link: Oglebay Resort & Conference Center


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General Tourist Information. Visit the West Virginia Tourism website or contact them at 800-CALL WVA.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Ratings

(10 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Oglebay Resort & Conference Center.

  • 4-Ball Rating "I love the setting of Oglebay.. it's peaceful and remote and old-timey. but the staff is professional and top-notch."—J.W., Int., November 2013
  • 4-Ball Rating "This is a very nice tennis facility and their best asset is probably the tennis director, Marc White. I was attending a business conference at the resort, many colleagues and friends in the group play golf, but not tennis. I managed to get into a local evening mens league thanks to Marc's assistance, met some good players and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also observed some children's lessons and thought they were conducted very well. The resort is very nice in general, plenty to keep people interested. From my perspective the tennis facility and opportunities put the place over the top."—T.F., Adv. Int., August 2012
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My sister and I truly enjoyed ourselves at Oglebay. Marc White is a wonderful tennis instructor and we both learned a lot. He was really good to work with. My sister and I are at different skill levels, but Marc was able to help us both simultaneously and tailor a lesson for each of us. The resort itself is nice. There's not much water pressure in the shower, but other than that, the room was very comfortable. The breakfast buffet is also very good with a wide variety of food."—T.G., Low Int., July 2012
  • 4-Ball Rating "Marc White is a great personality and tremendous teacher. I played in a mens night program which allowed me to meet several other players of same ability and set up matches the rest of my week at Olgebay. Marc also had a junior tennis camp that my 3 kids attended, ages 7,7 and 9. They had never played tennis and Marc taught them the basics and they were able to hit some by the end of the week and had a great time and are already asking when they can go again. Each day there was some activity at the center to get you involved and active. Also 3 golf courses, a par 3 course and miniature golf course at resort. Great family resort."—R.D., Adv. Int., July 2012
  • 4-Ball Rating "I visited Oglebay Resort for a conference, and had the good fortune to be able to take two private lessons with Marc White the Director of Tennis. Marc was outstanding. Unlike many others pros that I have played with, Marc has an exceptional ability to verbalize and demonstrate keys elements of stroke production and the serve. I think that in two lessons Marc already raised my game a notch or two. I only wish that I lived closer so that I could take more lessons from Marc."—J.T., Adv., September 2011
  • 4-Ball Rating "We recently spent a week at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center. The first person we met in the tennis center was Marc White, the Director of Tennis. He personally ensured my and my family had a fabulous tennis vacation. His clinics were great. Personal instruction was outstanding. He was both positive and motivating to the younger players. The facilities are top notch as well. I could not be more pleased with Marc's effort and enthusiasm."—R.O., Adv. Int., August 2011
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Oglebay is in a beautiful setting in the hills north of Wheeling, WV. There are 10 Har-Tru courts and Marc White, the tennis director, has numerous programs fro all levels. I'm a 4.0 recreational player and had a great time at Men's Night. Marc combined drills with match play, and there were players of all abilities. I had a great time. I would highly recommended the tennis programs here and wouldn't hesitate to return."—A.L., Int., July 2011
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great time with pro Mark White. Kept out group moving for two days of fun, energetic and instructive tennis. Recommend highly. Stayed in a cabin and cooked in. A great combo for a tennis weekend."—J.W., Adv. Int., June 2010
  • 4-Ball Rating "Recently a group of 3.5 seniors contacted Mark White, the pro at Oglebay and asked if he could design a week-end program for us. Mark put together a package of lecture, pro videos, drills, games, tips, and the grand finale tournament that was just perfect. Each of the three sessions was designed to be 2 hours, and they typically turned into 3 hour sessions (1 on Friday and two on Saturday). This was our second year, and if we stay healthy we'll be back again."—A.K., Int., May 2010
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—S.J., Adv. Int., August 2009

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