Oakland Golf Course – Oakland MD


The public golf course in Oakland, Maryland is one of 254 new golf courses created by the WPA during the Great Depression (they reconstructed or improved 378 others).

According to the Golf Club at Oakland:

“On January 7, 1937, over 100 Oakland citizens petitioned Mayor Lawrence M. Fraley and the Town Council to build a golf course. In support of the course were F. D. Bittle, Ralph Towler, and local Works Progress Administration (WPA) chief, Henry Tarring, Jr….On March 15, 1937, federal funding was approved from President Roosevelt’s ‘WPA’ and design of the new golf course began…The original design was a par 34, 9-hole course, which was 3140 yards in length.  Estimated cost was $11,000, with $8,500 funded by the WPA…A partnership was created between the town and the WPA to provide land, funding and construction supervision for the new course. Work began on April 1, 1937, with 75 WPA employed workers…Work progressed rapidly, with the course being completed on September 1, 1937 and open for golfers on October 1st.”

Records held at the National Archives further detail the type of work that the WPA performed at the Oakland Golf Course:

1937: “Construct a nine hole public golf course in Oakland, Garrett County; Construct a public golf course at the Oakland Water Farm in the city of Oakland, Garrett County.”

1939: “Improve the Oakland Municipal Golf Course in the town of Oakland…covering ditches, grading, leveling, re-seeding, planting trees.”

1941: “Construct club house on Oakland Municipal Golf Course, and improve grounds, including installing plumbing and electrical facilities, laying sewer line, grading, excavating, landscaping, planting shrubbery.”

Source notes

(1) Golf Club at Oakland, at http://www.golfatoakland.com/aboutus/, accessed June 10, 2013. (2) National Archives, Record Group 69, Records of the Work Projects Administration. (3) Historic marker at the golf course. (4) “The Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43,” Federal Works Agency, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1946.

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on June 10, 2013.

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Location Info

433 North Bradley Lane
Oakland, MD 21550

Coordinates: 39.42077051156388, -79.41053346931153

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