Powell and his wife did most of the landscaping and manual labor themselves. When the Clearview Golf Club first opened in 1948 it was a 9 hole course. In 1978, Powell added an additional 9 holes to his course. In 2001, Clearview Golf Club was designated a National Historic Site. This course is especially important in African American history because the PGA's Caucasian only clause was not lifted until 1961. Bill Powell was the first African American to design, build, and own a professional golf course in the United States. He was often heard saying the only color that matters is the color of the greens.