Woodloch Resort is nestled in the northeastern tip of Pennsylvania, surrounded by forest and sitting on the shores of Lake Teedyuskung. The Resort multi-dimensional, with so much to do you simply must stay a week or keep coming back for more.
The modern Resort traces its history back over 70 years, when a woman named Mary Mould fell in love with that was then a small getaway during vacations there as a girl. In 1944 she married Harry Kiesendahl and the couple began raising a family. But Mary couldn’t get thoughts of Lake Teedyuskung out of her head and fate intervened when her husband Harry saw an advertisement in the New York Times listing for sale a small resort on a private lake in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The small, unidentified lake in the ad turned out to be Lake Teedyuskung Mary remembered from her childhood.
Events steamrolled from there and the purchase of the Resort from the then owners, the Svenningsens, was completed smoothly. The Keisendahl’s, their children and Mary’s parents moved to take up residence at the Resort in April of 1958, while Harry kept his Long Island business and stayed with his family at Woodloch Pines on the weekends.
The original 12 acres included a main lodge, annex and two cottages, all of which accommodated about 40 guests. By 1961 expansion had doubled the size of the resort and by 1983 the resort had grown into 150 acres with almost a mile of shoreline and 135 rooms. Currently, the Resort consists of over 1,000 acres and can accommodate over 900 guests. Nearby Woodloch Springs houses the Resort’s golf course and custom homes.
Woodloch Springs Golf Course is about a two-mile drive from the main property. The layout was designed by Rocky Roqeumore and opened in 1992. The architect did a masterful job working with the natural landscape and created a course that is difficult but playable.
Woodloch Springs GC isn’t overly long, 6,579 yards from the back tees, but it fits the true definition of a shot maker’s course. The holes meander past and over fern-carpeted forests, lush wetlands and broad upland meadows and there are a number of elevated tees and greens, all of which conspire to make for an aesthetically pleasing round.
The seventh hole is a great par-five that plays less than 500 yards from the tips and has two fairway landing areas. Big hitters who bomb it straight on this downhiller can think about going for the green in two but a stream fronts the putting surface, so you better be accurate and long on the approach.
The 14th is one of the coolest par-fives you will find anywhere. The drive from the back tees requires a 220-yard carry over what is called “Hells Gate Gorge,” which was carved from the rugged mountainside by rushing water some 200 feet below the tee box.
The conditions are very good and superintendent Jeff Hugaboom does a commendable job caring for what must be a difficult layout to maintain, what with all its elevation changes and proximity to wetlands and streams.
Woodloch has been called a “cruise ship on land,” with the staff organizing everything from a Broadway style theme show to bingo. A nice plus is that you don’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy all that the Resort has to offer. There are vans and small buses that constantly circulate through the property and will take you wherever you want to go, pick you up and bring you back to your quarters.
The Resort also offers exclusive access to spa treatments at its sister property, the Lodge at Woodloch, which is beginning to attract a following of its own. Late summer and autumn are magical times to visit. www.Woodloch.com