Bide-A-Wee Golf Course

Bide-A-Wee Golf Course is an 18-hole municipal public golf course founded by former PGA Champion Chandler Harper in 1956 located in and owned by the city of Portsmouth, Virginia.


When the course was being designed, Harper and Fred Findlay were thinking about names for the course. Findlay recalled "when I was a boy in Scotland, I started to run away from home. My mother advised 'you had better bide-a-wee'. To a Scot, that meant 'stay a little longer or linger awhile.'"

In the spring of 1956, Harper, Ace Parker, Dizzy Dean, and Tommy Bolt participated in the Opening Day Exhibition at the course.

The course, 1956-1993

From 1956 until 1993, Harper managed the course. It played host to the Virginia State Open four times and the World Senior Championships six times.

In 1993, Harper retired and the city of Portsmouth decided to fully renovate the facility.

The course undergoes a renovation

The original Bide-A-Wee layout featured extremely narrow and small greens that fell off severely on the sides. Tom Clark of Ault, Clark and Associates, along with design consultant and Hampton Roads native Curtis Strange were brought in to renovate the course. The course re-opened on April 6, 1999.

The course, 1999-present

The City of Portsmouth still owns Bide-A-Wee today.

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