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Little Creek Golf Course offers world-class play in South Charleston

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
The Little Creek Golf Course Pro Shop was completed two years ago. In front are golf carts equipped with GPS units that aid golfers in judging the distance from golf balls to holes.
The gently rolling Little Creek Golf Course was resodded a few years ago with Bermuda grass on the tees and fairways. Bermuda grass, according Little Creek’s Grounds Superintendent Travis Gill, recovers faster and stands up better to heavy use.
BEN CALWELL | Metro Little Creek Golf Course Assistant Director and General Manager Chuck Hudson, right, and Grounds Superintendent Travis Gill stand on a balcony overlooking the 18-hole, par 72 course near Little Creek Park in South Charleston. Little Creek Golf Course is a public course, but it started out in the early 1920s as the private Kanawha Country Club.
One of two golf simulators at Little Creek Golf Club in South Charleston. The simulators mimic actual golf courses, including the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course in California.
The pro shop at Little Creek Golf Course is well equipped with golf equipment and accessories. There is also a snack bar.

Golf enthusiasts don’t have to leave the Kanawha Valley to enjoy a fun and challenging 18-hole course.

Little Creek Golf Course, near Little Creek Park in South Charleston, offers a beautiful setting and all the amenities that appeal to golfers of all skill levels. And the newer Little Creek Golf Course Pro Shop is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a retail pro shop, snack bar and two, high-tech golf simulators.

Chuck Hudson, assistant director and course general manager, said Little Creek Golf Course dates to the 1920s, when it was the Kanawha Country Club.

“It was a private country club, and the City of South Charleston took it over in 2005 or 2006,” Hudson said, stressing that Little Creek Golf Club is a public course open to anyone.

“It’s an 18-hole, par 72” course, he said. “A lot of people still think it’s a country club, but it’s not. It’s a public course.”

About four years ago, the course tees were resodded with Bermuda grass.

“All the tees and fairways are Bermuda, and our greens are bent grass.”

The Bermuda grass stands up better to heavy use and recovers faster than other types of grass, according to the grounds superintendent, Travis Gill.

“We’re a public course, so we get a lot of play,” Hudson said. “Our tees stay in great shape all summer long.”

The sand traps also have new drainage systems.

Golf carts are also available at the Little Creek Golf Course, and, two years ago, GPS systems were added to the carts. Each cart has a computer screen that lets golfers know how far away they are from each hole. Any golf ball can be used, because the GPS system tracks the location of the carts. When you pull up next to your golf ball on the fairway, the system is actually reading the distance from the cart to the hole.

“Once you pull up to your ball on the fairway, it’s going to tell you exactly how far it is from your ball to the tee,” he said. “The golfers really like it.”

The Little Creek Golf Course Pro Shop is turning two years old in May.

The pro shop’s two golf simulators are particularly popular, especially during the winter months, when bad weather often keeps golfers off the course. But the simulators are excellent, too, for any time of the year, when golfers want to hone their skills without walking a course.

“They did real well this past winter; any time it’s raining or snowing, you can come in here and play golf all you want.”

The golf simulators are programmed to offer golfers more than 130 courses to play from across the United States and the world. The actual courses are displayed, hole by hole, on a giant screen. Golfers tee off inside and, watching the screen, follow the course through each hole, selecting their clubs as if they were really there.

“It’s just like playing the real thing; you can play Pebble Beach, if you like,” he said. “You have your bag right there -- you just don’t have to carry it and walk.”

It takes a single player about an hour to play 18 holes using a golf simulator. With a foursome, it takes about three-and-a-half hours to play 18 holes.

“You can also use the simulator as a driving range,” Hudson said. “It’s great to fine-tune your shots.”

The cost to use a golf simulator is $25 an hour Monday through Thursday; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s $30 an hour.

Hudson said the Little Creek Country Club strives to constantly improve to meet the needs of golfers.

“We’re always looking to see where we can improve for our golfers. We’ve come a long way in the last three or four years. It’s an enjoyable course to play, and you couldn’t be located in any better location in the valley.”

In addition to the golf course, there is an Olympic-size pool, dining room, spacious ballroom and meeting rooms for groups of all sizes.

For more information about Little Creek Golf Course, visit www.littlecreekgolfcourse.com or call 304-746-GOLF.


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