Golf Pioneer Bill Powell Dies

by Jeff Skinner

Golf lost one of its homegrown heroes on Thursday when Bill Powell passed away. Powell was 93 and he left behind an important and powerful legacy. He was the first and only African-American to build, own and operate a golf course in the United States.

After Powell returned home from serving in World War II he was turned away from some public golf courses and decided to build his own. After years of hard work he succeeded in opening Clearview Golf Club which is now on The National Registry of Historic Places. His daughter, Renee was the second Africa-American to play on the LPGA Tour. He was one of the “Greatest Generation” and in many ways a hero: a war veteran, a pioneering entrepreneur and a dedicated husband and father.

Check out the NY Times article and the video on Powell and his special course.


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