Cam Huffman, Director of Public Relations and Content, The Greenbrier
The 105th season of golf on The Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier officially began on Friday, March 30, with a special ceremony to mark the historic occasion.
Commencing at 10am, on the iconic first tee, the ceremony included some anecdotes on the course’s storied past from The Greenbrier historian Dr. Robert Conte, as well as a question and answer session. A ceremonial first ball of the season followed Conte’s remarks, before tee times officially began for 2018.
“The Old White TPC has an amazing story to tell, and it is a significant part of golf history in the United States,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “We’re excited about another year of golf on this treasured classic.”
The Old White TPC #6 “Lookout”
Originally designed and constructed by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor in 1914, The Old White TPC was named for the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the resort grounds from 1858 through 1922.
Macdonald, the father of American golf course architecture, modeled several holes from some of the most famous throughout Europe. The 8th Hole was styled after the “Redan” at North Berwick, the 13th after the “Alps” at Prestwick, and the 15th after the “Eden” at St. Andrews. His associate, Seth Raynor, assisted in the course construction and returned in the 1920s to oversee updates to the golf course.
Through the years, the course has played host to legendary golfers like Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino, as well as presidents and celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment.
The Old White TPC #10 “Principal’s Nose”
Since 2010, The Old White TPC has been the host of The Greenbrier Classic, an annual PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event, making it the oldest course on the PGA TOUR. Past champions include Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings, Ted Potter Jr., Jonas Blixt, Angel Cabrera, Danny Lee, and Xander Schauffele. A who’s who list of the best golfers in the world have participated in the tournament, including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, John Daly, as well as Greenbrier Sporting Club members Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. The 2018 Greenbrier Classic takes place July 2-8.
After sustaining substantial damage from flood waters in June of 2016, forcing the cancellation of The 2016 Greenbrier Classic less than a month later, The Old White TPC reopened in July of 2017 just in time for the tournament, fully restored by noted golf course architect Keith Foster. By fully embracing the original Macdonald/Raynor elements, the course has been overwhelmingly received by PGA TOUR players and guests alike. Golf Digest named The Old White TPC the Best Restoration of 2017. It was also named one of America’s 100 Best Public Courses by that same publication.
The 2018 golf season on The Old White TPC runs from March 30 through November 26 and is closed only for needed maintenance and preparations for The Greenbrier Classic. Sporting Club members do not pay greens fees.
The Old White TPC #11 “Meadow”
For more information on The Old White TPC or the other exciting golf offerings at America’s Resort – including the recently reconfigured Meadows Course, which is already open for the season – visit Greenbrier.com/Golf.
For information on The Snead – the members’ only golf course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club – visit greenbrierliving.com/amenities/golf.
The Old White TPC #14 “Narrows”
Greenbrier Living Magazine
We’re pleased to release the second volume of Greenbrier Living Magazine. It’s filled with seasonal articles, resident interviews and much more. You can download the magazine for free or request a free printed version below.
We are thrilled to announce the promotions of Patrick and Abi in the Golf department. They have advanced through progressively more responsible positions and play key roles. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating them on their promotions.
Patrick Murphy – Golf Course Superintendent
Prior to joining The Sporting Club Golf Maintenance team in 2012, Patrick served as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, South Carolina, and Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island. Born and raised in the Greenbrier Valley, he has a love and appreciation for the area and all it has to offer. Patrick holds a B.S. in Business Administration and recently completed Ohio State University’s Golf Course Management Program. Over the last year, he has been instrumental in overseeing the restoration work on The Snead course and is dedicated to providing our membership with an excellent golfing experience, leading to his promotion to Golf Course Superintendent. His time working in the golf industry, as well as playing the game, has provided him with invaluable experience and knowledge that allows him to provide the quality of service The Club strives to attain.
Abigail Moore – Golf Administrative Assistant
“Abi” was born in Peoria, Illinois, but raised in both Kentucky and the mountains of the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Berea College with a major in biology and loves science and travel. After her husband graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, they bought a home in Lewisburg where he began his first year of residency for family medicine at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. Abi is very excited and thankful to be working at The Sporting Club and looks forward to seeing everyone in the spring!
Opening in the summer of 2018, The Ashford short course will be a collection of holes from revered architects and courses around the world. The newest addition will be focused on great architecture, a relaxed environment, and fun for all who play. The Ashford short course is a 9-hole loop that will be walking only and range from 76 to 112 yards. The relaxed environment of the short course has capabilities for family golf of all ages to learn the game for the first time or hone in on a rusty short game. Of course, it will be available after the round in helping settle friendly wagers or ties from your game of the day. We will also use The Ashford to host events like night golf, closest to the hole, etc. With the close proximity to The Members’ Lodge, it is perfect to walk over if you just don’t have the time to play The Snead course, and we can’t wait for everyone to try it out!
Did you know? In August 1942, the U.S. Army purchased The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs from Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and began converting it into a military hospital for sick and wounded soldiers and airmen. Named for Army physician Col. Bailey K. Ashford (1873–1934), the new hospital received its first patients in November. Before Ashford General closed in mid-1946, more than 25,000 seriously ill and wounded patients—including many from West Virginia—had received treatment.
Ashford employed 45 doctors, 100 nurses, and 500 enlisted men. Assisting them were 200 WACs (Women’s Army Corps), 35 civilian nurses, 500 civilian employees, and scores of Red Cross volunteers. Seven hundred German prisoners of war maintained the grounds and buildings. Families, friends, and good-hearted people throughout West Virginia came to visit and help the men toward a speedy recovery. The recovering servicemen could use all of the famous resort’s special facilities— swimming pool, golf courses, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, and so on—and monthly dances with live entertainment were held. Today, few of The Greenbrier’s visitors know of the vital role it played during World War II, but those who were there have vivid recollections of Ashford General Hospital as a Shangri-La for wounded servicemen.
Source: Keefer, Louis E. “Ashford General Hospital.” e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 10 December 2010. Web. 21 November 2017.
#1. Lions Mouth – Plays to a double green shared with #7.
The green is split by a large ridge that dissects the two holes. A “Lions Mouth” bunker, guarding the front right of the green, guards the green. The Lions Mouth is a concept that Seth Raynor and CB Macdonald used on many of their courses. This hole plays approximately 76 yards.
#2. Double – Plays to another shared green with #6.
The green is again separated by a large ridge running through the center, giving each hole its own defined putting surface, even though they are connected. A long skinny bunker on the front left guards the green. Once on the green, the surface has many subtle breaks. Walter Travis, renowned for his green complexes, inspired the green concept. This hole plays approximately 97 yards.
#3. The Redan
The original Redan hole was built in Scotland at North Berwick. The hole has been duplicated many times by the likes of Seth Raynor, CB Macdonald, Charles Banks, and many others. The Redan allows a player to play on the extreme side of the green, to which the ball will roll to the level part of the putting surface. This hole plays approximately 102 yards.
The 4th hole on Ashford is our rendition of HC ‘’Papa’’ Leeds’ 9th hole at Myopia Hunt Club – some say the most interesting par three in the world. This quirky, but fun, short par three has it all! From the surprise bathtub bunkering (deep and skinny), to the dramatic views once on the green. This hole plays approximately 88 yards.
A “punchbowl green” is a putting surface that sits inside a hollow or depressed area on a golf hole, so that the putting green appears as a “bowl,” with a flat bottom and sides rising up from that bottom. The bottom is the putting surface, the “sides” of the bowl typically consist of mounding around three sides of the putting surface. The front of a punchbowl green is open to the fairway to allow golf balls to run onto the green, and the fairway often runs down to a punchbowl green. The complex is very accepting to most shots as it will play slightly downhill. This hole plays approximately 85 yards.
#6. Press – Plays to the shared green with #2.
This concept was inspired from a Walter Travis green complex from Kennebunkport, ME. Mr. Travis thought a player should be able to play most shots around a green with almost any club in his bag. With the large approach and mounding around this green, a player should be able to use a variety of clubs and imagination if the green was missed. This hole plays approximately 82 yards.
#7. Duel – Plays to a shared green with #1.
Inspired by The Duel Hole, a famous par three designed by A.W. Tillinghast at The San Francisco Golf and Country Club. This famous par three was built on the actual site of a famous duel back in 1859 between Senator David Broderick and Supreme Court Justice David Terry of the Democratic Party. This duel hole has a large potato chip looking putting surface, a concept ‘’Tilly’’ incorporated in many of his designs. This hole plays approximately 93 yards.
In case you were wondering, Supreme Court Justice Terry was on the better end of the duel!
#8. Reverse Redan
Two great concepts in one! The reverse Redan will encourage players to play left of their target and use the slope to get closer to the hole and the more level part of the green. A misplaced shot to the right will have to contend with the deep bathtub bunker! This hole plays approximately 100 yards.
This hole plays along Howard’s Creek and to a double shelved putting surface. The green complex features a sloping green from back to front with deep penal bunkers to the left and rear of the green. This hole plays the longest at approximately 112 yards long.
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Newly Restored Meadows Course at The Greenbrier Celebrates Grand Opening
Press release courtesy The Greenbrier
Hole 1 of the Meadows course
A restored and reimagined Meadows Course officially opened for play today at The Greenbrier, with a Grand Opening ceremony that included a ribbon cutting by The Greenbrier President Jill Justice, D.O., and The Greenbrier Director of Golf Maintenance Kelly Shumate.
Closed since the floods of June 23, 2016, The Meadows reopened for play on August 17, 2017. The Old White TPC, which also closed immediately following the flood, opened for The Greenbrier Classic on July 3, 2017, and for public play on July 10.
“This is an exciting day for The Greenbrier,” said Justice. “We have come a long way in a little more than a year, and to now have 36 fantastic golf holes open for play is a testament to the incredible work of so many Team Members at The Greenbrier. The history of golf at The Greenbrier is unprecedented, and these two courses live up to the standard that has been set for more than a century.”
Hole 11 of the Meadows course
A Team Greenbrier effort led by Shumate and his staff, the restored Meadows Course serves as a perfect complement to the historic C.B. Macdonald Old White TPC Course, which opened in 1914. The modern, strategic layout of The Meadows includes new signature bunker concepts in an entertaining, but challenging design. Water comes into play on eight different holes throughout the course, providing a challenge that is not common on The Old White TPC.
Shawnee Corner on Meadows 3
The fresh routing path of the course has also opened up the opportunity for new real estate in association with The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Shawnee Corner is a new neighborhood along the third fairway of The Meadows that offers breathtaking mountain views, as well as a central location to The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Real estate options are also available along holes 1, 2, 4, 5, 16 and 17.
“We’re extremely pleased with how the new Meadows Course turned out, and we’re excited to show it off,” said Burt Baine, Vice President of Golf, The Greenbrier. “We know guests are going to enjoy their time on The Meadows, and we’re excited to see golfers from around the world coming to The Greenbrier to appreciate the experience of golf at America’s Resort.”
Hole 13 of the Meadows course
Rates on The Meadows Course are $250 for registered guests and $300 for non-registered guests. Twilight rounds after 3 p.m. are $150 for registered guests and $200 for non-registered guests. Greens fees are waived for Greenbrier Sporting Club members. To schedule a tee time, call 877-599-9153 (option 1) or email email@example.com.
For more information on the real estate available, visit GreenbrierLiving.com.
For more information on becoming a member, visit FAQs and Benefits of Membership.
14-TIME MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER TIGER WOODS JOINS 2015 FIELD AT THE GREENBRIER CLASSIC
White Sulphur Springs, WV – April 29, 2015:
Officials of The Greenbrier Classic announced today that 14-time Major Championship winner, 11-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year and two-time FedExCup Champion, Tiger Woods has committed to compete in the sixth edition of the award-winning PGA TOUR stop at The Old White TPC Course.
The Greenbrier Classic will take place from June 29 – July 5, 2015 at The Greenbrier, the classic American resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
Woods, 39, will be making his second appearance at The Greenbrier Classic. Since turning professional in 1996 he has amassed 79 PGA TOUR victories, second all-time behind Sam Snead, former pro-emeritus at The Greenbrier resort, who recorded 82 titles. Woods’ record includes 14 professional major championships and the 2007 and 2009 FedExCup titles. He is one of only five players in the history of the game to win a career Grand Slam, joining Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen – all winners of the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, British Open and Masters Tournament.
From June of 2005 to October 2010 Woods monopolized the number one ranking in the world, setting records for both consecutive weeks and total weeks at the top with 281 and a staggering 623 respectively. Woods has also dominated the TOUR’s money list throughout his career, landing in the top spot a record 10 times, the most recent in 2013, and placing him No. 1 on the career money list with more than $109 million in earnings. He has been a member of seven U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012) and eight U.S. Presidents Cup teams (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013).
Woods, the winningest player in professional golf over the past 19 years, took a voluntary leave of absence in February after withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open with back stiffness. He used the time to address struggles with his short game, vowing to only return when he could be competitive. He did just that earlier this month at the Masters Tournament where he was indeed competitive, tying for 17th. His return at Augusta marked his first four-round tournament of the year and just his third start.
Weekly badges to The Greenbrier Classic, which provide access to the tournament grounds Monday to Sunday, are available from $129 per person. Tournament Badges include tickets to the 2015 Greenbrier Classic Concert Series, featuring Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on Friday, July 3 and a second concert to be announced at a later date.
The tournament offers three convenient ways to purchase 2015 badges.
Order online at www.greenbrierclassic.com
Call the tournament ticket office at 304-536-5322
Visit The Greenbrier Classic Shop located in the retail corridor of The Greenbrier
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