Brian Silva Course Underway in West Virginia

Renowned golf course architect Brian Silva was invited by owner Michael Jackson to visit the former Cool Springs Farm back in 1999. At that time, the pastoral, well-treed tract was the exclusive domain of over 90 head of cattle. Silva claimed the rolling terrain, located near the Ohio River in West Virginia, was perfectly suited for a golf course.

Silva, voted the 1999 Architect of the Year by Golf Digest and Golf World magazines, couldn’t wait to begin work on the 18-hole public course. His patience has paid off, as earthmoving has begun on the 6,941-yard, par-72 Cool Springs Golf Course. Silva and Jackson hope the course will open in spring 2002. Jackson’s company, JM Jackson Excavating, is building the 200-acre course, which is about 10 minutes from Parkersburg.

The all-bentgrass layout – with bluegrass roughs – is nestled in a crook of the Little Kanawha River. The course involves nine man-made water hazards, 66 sand traps and four sets of tees on every hole. The property has 200 feet in elevation change to create a variety of interesting shot options.

Construction on a clubhouse of undetermined size will begin in spring 2002. Plans are to situate the structure strategically in the middle of the course. Eventually, vacation lodges will be built in nearby woodlands. Visitors will be able to plan overnighters in this remote area of West Virginia, one destined to one day be frequented by golfers.