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Monday, December 12, 2011

West Virginia Golf Course For Sale: Considered Birthplace for American Golf

In Charleston,West Virginia, a golf course called Oakhurst Links has been put on the market. This course is considered the birthplace of American golf, due to its long history and the fact that you can still find sheep roaming the fairways from time to time. The first competition to take place at the golf course was in 1884. And, the owner, who has owned and run the course for the last 50 years, says it is time for someone else to manage it.

The golf course is only nine holes. There is also an onsite museum at the course. The course is now on the market for $4.5 million. The goal is for a new owner to be found who will continue to maintain the course as it is or improve it. The owner, Lewis Keller is 86 and is the self proclaimed “custodian” of the course.

The course is important, and as such as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tournaments were held in the early portion of the summer, but the course is no longer open to the public. The property has only been on the market for a few months but the goal is to preserve the history of the facility so that future generations can enjoy the very foundation of golf in the country.

In addition, that is just what happens when one plays there. When you do, you are required to use replica hickory clubs and you have to hit gutta percha balls that are molded from sap of the sapodilla tree. To make a tee, you need to form them, by hand, from a mound of wet sand. There are no electric carts on the course either. In addition, as mentioned, you may even see a herd of sheep crossing the fairway from time to time.

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