Big Bend Golf Course holds a historic connection to the small community of Tornado, WV. The land ownership goes back to the first white settlers in the area. The golf course itself has been a long standing business in the area, for over 50 years, bringing people into the community.
According to Tornado
Remembers: Upper Falls of Coal River
1788-1988. Big Bend Golf Course was
created in 1949 when Julius Evans of St. Albans purchased property from Carl
Andrews. Andrews was formerly a mayor of
Charleston. The property had originally
been owned by Joseph W. Stephens (pg. 13).
Stephens was in oil and gas in Lincoln County but came to Tornado in 1910. He bought 300 acres of land including that
including those of Big Bend Golf Course (pg. 47).
In 1963, a contractor from Teays Valley, Claude
Henson was employed to build the golf course for Evans. It was named Big Bend because the property
was located in a loop of the Coal River in Tornado, WV. It opened on June 15, 1964. Jim Evans, Julius’ son, managed the golf
course until June 1978. At this time the
golf course changed hands and was purchased by George Martin of Ferrell Road,
St. Albans, WV (pg. 13).
In 1983, the Kanawha County Parks and Recreations purchased
the golf course and has operated it ever since (pg.13). The golf course is linked to the Meadowood
Park and Soccer Complex across the river.
The two complexes offer a wide range of family fun and enrichment in the
outdoors (kcprc website).