Recently, Golfweek magazine ran a story about Oakhurst Links in West Virginia, our nation's oldest golf course. Established in 1884, it remains the only golf course in America where an individual can duplicate play as it was before the turn of the 20th century.
It is the home of the National Hickory Championship, a tournament you would think the USGA would give their blessing to. They never have, and unfortunately this historic golfing facility may have to close down. The 87-year-old owner can no longer keep up with the enterprise and has been trying to sell the course for more than a year. So far there have been no takers.
At one time, the USGA thought about purchasing the property and creating a living museum. Unfortunately, the deal never materialized and now they have no interest, as pointed out by the Golfweek writer. Having observed some of the goings on at the USGA over the past couple of years, I am not surprised. Each year there seems to be less emphasis on preserving the history of our great game. Perhaps the USGTF should look into purchasing the facility!