Golfers, do yourself a favor and take about an easy 40-minute drive west to Parkersburg for a fun new course. The Legend Trail nine hole course is a delightful, wide open, links-style course on gently rolling 68 acres. It's wide open and fun to play.
On a recent Monday, I played this new course by myself for the special half price fee of $14 including the cart. As you can see from my card, from the silver (regular) tees, it's about 3,000 yards like Byrnes in Waterloo. I scored a 42 on the first trip around, then a 40 the second.
Andy Devine owns this new course, which is part of a new housing project on the east edge of Parkersburg, at the junction of highway #14 and old highway 20, now #57.
When Andy told me last winter he was going to own his own new course, I reminded him of the old adage: "Yes, the early bird gets the worm, however the second mouse gets the cheese."
The course opened about the first of June. The tees, fairways and greens are immaculately groomed. There are a few ruts in the rough, like the new courses in Dike and Waverly when they first opened. The greens are medium to smallish sized, with minimum slopes or undulations, so they are fun to putt on for us average golfers. #9 is a big green with steep slope, so don't get above the pin there.
Legends has only a few bunkers, usually at the dog leg holes. However, when I was there on June 11th they were not finished and full of sand. They were a work in progress. The new clubhouse was in final stages of construction, so it should be open soon.
Summing up: Legends Trail will be fun to play for golfers of all skill levels, especially those with higher handicaps, owing to the wide-open, treeless layout. The price is right and you should be able to get around without a lot of slow players holding up your game. Give it a try this summer for sure.
If you wait until August to play Legends, the Asian beetles will be back again, which always creates some interesting views on the course. [See image at left]