Today we will take a look at one of American Golf’s great legends; Bill Powell.
William J. Powell (1917 – 2010) fell in love with the game of golf at the age of 22. During his stint in the Army as a Technical Sargent, Mr Powell visited several golf courses in Europe and was welcomed to play at them all. When he returned to America, he quickly found out that he, being Black, was not welcomed at any American golf courses. Mr Powell established Clearview Golf Club; America’s Course; in 1946 after serving in World War II. With the help of his late wife, Marcella, he borrowed money from friends and family and carved out 9 holes on 78 acres of Ohio farmland that he opened in 1948 to the entire public, black and white. The course expanded to 18 holes in 1978.
The only course designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American, Clearview was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. It garnered Ohio Historic Site recognition the same year.
Here is a video chronicling Bill Powell and Clearview:
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