SPRIGG, W.Va. – The Tug Valley Country Club has been recognized in the area for almost 70 years, but a recent run of bad luck has put the once popular recreational site on the back burner.
David McCoy, Golf Course Superintendent said, “The greens were infected with severe disease pressure bacteria which resulted in the loss of almost all of the greens, the bacteria is fast moving and uncontrollable, curable, but not preventable. In addition to the bacteria the weather over the past few years has no cooperated, with the wet summers, nothing has been able to dry out, the grass has been treated and resewed and barring no complications should be in pristine condition come spring.”
McCoy who is a lifelong resident of Matewan and is well known throughout the area from his positions as both a teacher and coach in both Mingo and Pike Counties, has been associated with the golf course for over 30 years, but only recently took over the job of superintendent.
In the past the course’s upkeep had been from people out of the area, now that local people are involved in the upkeep and maintained of the course the improvement will be noticed, all of the staff is volunteers and according to Mr. McCoy Brian and Alex Warden have done a tremendous job of keeping the course up and running, cutting the grass and maintaining the carts. The biggest expense for the club is the chemicals and fertilizer used on the greens.
The biggest misconception of the beautiful nine-hole course that sits in the heart of the billion dollar coal field is it a private course and is not open to the public, this however is not the case and McCoy encourages any one to stop by the course to play a couple of rounds.
“My primary concern is with limited recreational options available to the people in our area and visiting our area, some may not realize the course is open to the public,” McCoy said.
Both yearly memberships and daily rates are available, and the course is available to be utilized by the schools also, which will be beneficial with both Mingo Central and Belfry having golf teams.
The course which spans two states was established somewhere around 1947, at which time a huge 80,000-square foot facility was constructed, where the clubhouse was used to host events such as proms, Chamber of Commerce meetings and large parties and housed a dining facility with an on-site chef.
After the Tug Valley area suffered two devastating floods in 1977 and 1984 the main clubhouse was condemned and the pool and the tennis courts were taken out. What once was a half million dollar facility is now a basic home floor plan which was opened up and constructed to hold small events.
Future plans for the course is to keep it open to the public for the youth and recreational value, both the course and the facilities have updated equipment and hopefully bring in new players for the course.
Anyone needing additional information about the course or the facilities you can contact David McCoy at the Tug Valley Country Club at 304-235-2106.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.