W.Va.’s Oakhurst Links sold at auction

CHARLESTON (AP) — An auction house says one of the nation’s original golf courses in West Virginia has sold for $410,000.

Auctioneer Tommy Garten wouldn’t reveal the winning bidder for Oakhurst Links until bank financing is completed.

But owner Lewis Keller Sr. says it’s his understanding that the bidder, a Wheeling businessman, will keep the nine-hole course intact.

But Keller is disappointed by the bid price because he felt the 30-acre property built in 1884 was worth more to golf from a historical perspective. The 89-year-old Keller had struggled for years to find a buyer.

At Oakhurst, golfers rent hickory-shafted clubs and hit gutta-percha balls off tees fashioned from sand and water. The clubhouse and museum are filled with photos of visits from golfers such as Sam Snead, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson.

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