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REAL ESTATE: Golf Course Development Planned at Oakhurst in Greenbrier County

Posted by kinchendavid on July 17, 2006

By David M. Kinchen

White Sulphur Springs, WV – The nation’s newest golf course will be built adjacent to the nation’s oldest golf course – the Oakhurst Golf Links – on a 720-acre tract off Big Draft Road about 3 miles north of downtown White Sulphur Springs.

The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed links-style mountain course will be private, while the historic 1884 Oakhurst Golf Links will remain open to the public, according to Walt Davis, president of Develop Vision Inc., Charlotte, NC and director of sales for Oakhurst Development.

Davis said about 235 lots will be developed for single-family houses and about 90-94 attached units – cottages or townhouses – will also be developed. A build-out cost of $100 million to $150 million is projected for the gated development, he said. Lots will be offered for sale in July or August, once HUD and state approvals are obtained, Davis said. Lots will sell for $225,000 to more than $800,000 and the attached units are expected to sell in the $500,000 range. Single-family houses must be a minimum of 3,500 square feet and a maximum of 7,500 square feet, he added.

The development will also include equestrian trails, a 25-stall equestrian barn and center and a downhill ski course. Most of the development will be along two miles of ridgeline bordering the George Washington National Forest, Davis said.

The principals of Oakhurst Development are Lewis Keller Jr., of Phoenix, AZ and Jack Johnson of Park City, UT. Keller is the son of Lewis Keller Sr. who has owned Oakhurst since 1959. For more information, Davis can be reached at (888) 625-4778. Oakhurst Development has offices in Lewisburg at 122 N. Court St. on the second floor of the former Masonic Temple.

Natalie Neal of Oakhurst Golf Links stresses that the 2,220-yard course, which hosted the nation’s first golf tournament in 1888, will remain as a tourist attraction and an historic reminder of the early days of golf in America. According to the Oakhurst web site:

“Step back into time at Oakhurst Links, the first golf course in the United States. You’ll find things at Oakhurst haven’t changed much since it was established in 1884. Sheep roam and graze freely along the 2,220 yards of the course. The equipment is the same today as it was back then, vintage wooden-shafted long-nosed clubs, 1880’s balls, no tees (but you can make your own ball perch by combining water and sand which are provided in buckets at the tee box.) The game is played by the old rules; up to five clubs are allowed, but they are carried by hand (the first burlap golf bags were not invented until the 1890’s).

“Oakhurst Links (www.oakhurstlinks.com) is more than a golf course; it’s an important piece of golf history. In 1888, the course organized the first golf tournament in the United States. There is an old style clubhouse and a golf museum to browse, displaying old golf equipment, some of which was found on the property. Restored in 1994, Oakhurst is the perfect combination of fun and history.”

For those who want to experience golf as it was in the beginning, the Oakhurst course is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday by taking Big Draft Road to Montague Drive. The phone number is (304) 536-1884.

(Originally published May 19m 2006)


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