Any golfer in the Ohio Valley knows about the many great courses this area has to offer. But there was one in particular, lost in time, in a very unlikely spot. It’s known as Cedar Rocks Country Club.
It’s an area known by local anglers for getting plenty of bites, but decades ago it was once sought after by golfers looking for birdies.
90 years ago the corn stalks were putting greens, the field, a fairway at one of West Virginia‘s most illustrious golf courses, Cedar Rocks Country Club.
“My dad told me stories about him caddying back here in the 30’s and 40’s,” said Bill Walter, Wheeling resident.
Walter was just a boy when he first heard stories about the Country Club out Big Wheeling Creek, but at the time people across the state were well aware after it was made famous by legendary golfer Sam Snead after he won the West Virginia Open there in 1938.
“One of a bunch of them he won. It was here and if you go on Google and Google that on WVGA history it will show you. He won it here at Cedar Rocks Country Club in Wheeling. How neat is that? Its neat,” said Walter.
After nearly a century some of the infrastructure still exists, like what remains of the bridge to the back nine. But neighbors here have found even more, a sign found lying in the weeds.
Not much remains of Cedar Rocks County Club, the clubhouse used to be near that group of trees, but for many in this community it’s about remembering this rich piece of history.
The reason Cedar Rocks Country Club is no longer around, is because its owners ended up losing funding after World War 2. It didn’t take long for it to be reclaimed by nature.