Grand Opening of The Ashford Short Course

Grand Opening of The Ashford Short Course

The newest addition to the award-winning golf offerings at The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club follows in the tradition of excellence that has become synonymous with “America’s Resort™,” but it also provides a fresh and unique option for today’s modern golfer.

The Ashford Short Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club is a walking-only 9-hole loop of par 3 holes, ranging from 56 to 112 yards in length. The holes pay tribute to revered architects and courses around the world and provide a relaxed family environment that is entertaining for golfers of all levels and abilities. Available for both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier, the newest golf offering perfectly complements the courses already in place – The Old White TPC, which hosts “A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier” (formerly called “The Greenbrier Classic”) annually, the redesigned Meadows Course, which features signature stacked sod bunkers, The Greenbrier Course, currently open as a nine-hole routing, and The Snead Course, an award-winning Tom Fazio design exclusive to members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“The Greenbrier is known around the world for first-class golf, and this is just another example of our commitment to giving guests what they desire,” said Robert Harris, Vice President of Golf at The Greenbrier. “The Ashford provides an opportunity for something new and different on days where guests and members just don’t have time to play 18 holes. We’re incredibly excited to add The Ashford to The Greenbrier collection.”

In addition to providing a place for beginners to learn the game, or an experienced golfer to work out the rust in his or her short game, the course plans to host unique events like night golf and closest to the pin contests. The new course’s name, The Ashford Short Course, pays tribute to the rich history at The Greenbrier and remembers a unique moment in The Greenbrier’s more than 240-year past.

 

In 1942, the historic resort was sold to the United States Army, and it became a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers during World War II. Named for Army physician Col. Bailey K. Ashford, Ashford General Hospital treated more than 25,000 soldiers from 1942 through 1946. It employed 45 doctors, 100 nurses, and 500 enlisted men, along with hundreds of volunteers. The recovering servicemen benefited by using The Greenbrier’s immaculate facilities – including the pool, the golf courses, and the tennis courts – during their recovery.

“We’re incredibly proud of our history at The Greenbrier, and we want to do all we can to make sure it isn’t lost,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “The Ashford name honors the men and women who spent time here in service to this great country, and it fits perfectly on this exciting new course.”

Set in the valley floor with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the course is accompanied by seven new homesites for members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“With its close proximity to The Members’ Lodge, the course is convenient for all of our members before or after lunch or dinner, or anytime they have a little extra time,” said Larry Klein, Vice President and General Manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. “We can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

To learn more about The Ashford Short Course, including the course routing and hole-by-hole images and descriptions, visit our amenities page.

Click here to watch WDBJ7’s video, taken August 22, 2018, during the grand opening ceremony, where member John Smoltz hit the ceremonial first tee shot.

Golf Course Designer: Kelly Shumate

Golf Digest Names Old White Top TPC Golf Course

Golf Digest Names Old White Top TPC Golf Course

Golf Digest ranked The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC golf course number 2 out of 10 top courses in the TPC network. Golf Digest’s course-ranking panelists based their scoring on the most recent America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and Best in State rankings.

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The best TPC golf courses

The 10 best golf courses in the TPC network (as ranked by Golf Digest’s course-ranking panelists)

By Stephen Hennessey

You likely know that TPC Sawgrass started the Tournament Players Club movement in the 1980s as the first PGA Tour-owned and operated club. But do you know the origin of the concept of stadium golf, and how the TPC golf courses network grew since Sawgrass’ debut 38 years ago? Much credit is due to Deane Beman, whose legendary commissionership included the immense expansion of the tour’s footprint, which included with a new network of courses. In 1988, the PGA Tour owned eight courses. Today, the TPC network includes 32 courses, both private and public-access, across three continents, with many other facilities either being sold or renamed since.

Is TPC Scottsdale and its raucous 16th hole the true origin of “stadium golf?” Or is it TPC Sawgrass? It’s neither in fact—the history of “stadium golf” may have started with a fan named Ford Hubbard who conceived of a “spectator golf course” all the way back in 1947, according to Golf Digest’s Ron Whitten. In 1953, Golf Digest ran a diagram of Hubbard’s design: a circular course routing, clubhouse in the center, with holes radiating like spokes in a wheel. Surrounding the clubhouse was a circular berm, which had bleacher-like tiers for “Possible Stadium Arrangement.”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Hubbard patented his “Sports Theatre for Golf” idea in 1951, but no one ever bought it. His concept was simply 20 years ahead of its time. In the 1970s, weekly Ryder Cup-type events were held among pro golfers under the International Professional Golf League, which was founded by American Basketball Association co-founder Constantine Seredin and architect William F. Mitchell. Interestingly, Beman, then a tour player, played in at least one of these events. Though he might’ve had the idea for stadium golf already, the idea pre-dated him in some ways. But the PGA Tour commissioner, who our Jerry Tarde calls the most important sports commissioner of all time for bringing the PGA Tour from a mom-and-pop organization to a global leader in pro sports, deserves the credit for having the vision for creating and running the TPC network.

With the PGA Tour visiting its fourth straight TPC-branded course this week at TPC Deere Run—coming off stops at Old White TPC at The Greenbrier resort, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland and TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. for the Travelers Championship—here’s a look at the best TPC courses—ranked in the order our Golf Digest course-ranking panelists scored them based on our most recent America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses ranking and Best in State rankings.

2. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC): Designed by C.B. Macdonald and opened in 1914, this is one of the architectural gems that the PGA Tour visits. Following devastating floods at The Greenbrier and surrounding areas in 2016, Keith Foster directed restoration efforts, earning Golf Digest honors for Best Restoration at a public course, an honor the course also won in 2007. Old White TPC sits at No. 31 on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public ranking.

The Greenbrier Classic Officially Renamed A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier Classic Officially Renamed A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

Cam Huffman, Director of Pubic Relations and Content

The PGA TOUR officially approved the rebranding of The Greenbrier Classic to A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. The annual PGA TOUR FedExCup stop at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, will begin using the new name and logo immediately.

“We want the world to know that the military comes first, and our focus is on those men and women above everything else,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “Our new name reflects our commitment to celebrating and honoring the United States Military with everything we do.”

The tournament’s focus on the military will expand far beyond the name change. Active military, as well as veterans, will be admitted to A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier free of charge, and they will receive complimentary access to the Stars and Stripes Outpost. The air-conditioned building includes seating, televisions, private bathrooms and food and beverage for sale.

Tuesday, July 3, will be Military Appreciation Day, and all veterans and active military will be presented with a voucher for a complimentary lunch.

As the United States celebrates its independence on July 4, the tournament will join the festivities with a fly-over and other events to commemorate America’s birthday at America’s Resort.

“Our state has more military members per capita than any other state, and those men and women are unbelievably important to us,” said Governor Justice. “This entire tournament is a tremendous way for all West Virginians to show their appreciation.”

The Greenbrier, which has hosted the tournament since 2010, also has a close connection to the military. More than 70 Team Members on staff at America’s Resort have served in the military, and 27 United States presidents have visited the grounds of The Greenbrier. From 1942 through 1946, the United States Army took full control of The Greenbrier and operated the 2,000-bed Ashford General Hospital. During that five-year stretch, more than 24,000 soldiers were treated at the surgical and rehabilitation center.

From 1961 through 1992, a secret government fallout shelter was maintained in a constant state of readiness at The Greenbrier. It was meant to house members of the United States Congress in the event of an attack on America. The 112,544-square-foot facility housed 18 dormitories, a clinic, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a cafeteria, meeting rooms, a communication room, and more. It was decommissioned in 1992 after being exposed in The Washington Post, and today tours are offered to registered hotel guests and the general public.

“The connection between The Greenbrier and the United States Military is undeniable,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “We’re proud of that history and equally proud of the men and women who help protect our freedom today. We couldn’t be more excited about showing that appreciation through the name change and hosting a tournament focused on honoring the military.”

The 2018 Military Tribute at The Greenbrier will be held July 2-8 on the historic Old White TPC Course.

The Ashford Short Course Scheduled for August Opening

The Ashford Short Course Scheduled for August Opening

Cam Huffman, Director of Public Relations and Content

The newest addition to the award-winning golf offerings at The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club will follow in the tradition of excellence that has become synonymous with America’s Resort,™ but it will also provide a fresh and unique option for today’s modern golfer.

Scheduled for an August 2018 opening, The Ashford Short Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club will be a walking-only, 9-hole loop of par 3 holes, ranging from 56 to 112 yards in length. The holes will pay tribute to revered architects and courses around the world and provide a relaxed family environment that will be entertaining for golfers of all levels and abilities.

Available for both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier, the newest golf offering will perfectly complement the courses already in place – The Old White TPC, which hosts The Greenbrier Classic annually, the redesigned Meadows Course, which features signature stacked sod bunkers, and The Snead Course, an award-winning Tom Fazio design, exclusive to members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“The Greenbrier is known around the world for first-class golf, and this is just another example of our commitment to giving guests what they desire,” said Robert Harris, Vice President of Golf at The Greenbrier. “The Ashford will provide an opportunity for something new and different on days where guests and members just don’t have time to play 18 holes. We’re incredibly excited to add The Ashford to The Greenbrier collection.”

In addition to providing a place for beginners to learn the game or an experienced golfer to work out the rust in his or her short game, the course will host unique events like night golf and closest to the pin contests.

The new course’s name, The Ashford Short Course, pays tribute to the rich history at The Greenbrier and remembers a unique moment in The Greenbrier’s more than 240-year past.

In 1942, the historic resort was sold to the United States Army, and it became a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers during World War II. Named for Army physician Col. Bailey K. Ashford, Ashford General Hospital treated more than 25,000 soldiers from 1942 through 1946. It employed 45 doctors, 100 nurses, and 500 enlisted men, along with hundreds of volunteers. The recovering servicemen benefited by using The Greenbrier’s immaculate facilities – including the pool, the golf courses, and the tennis courts – during their recovery.

“We’re incredibly proud of our history at The Greenbrier, and we want to do all we can to make sure it isn’t lost,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “The Ashford name honors the men and women who spent time here in service to this great country, and it fits perfectly on this exciting new course.”

Set in the valley floor with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the course will be accompanied by seven new home sites for members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“With its close proximity to The Members Lodge, the course is convenient for all of our members before or after lunch or dinner or anytime they have a little extra time,” said Larry Klein, Vice President and General Manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. “We can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

For more information on The Ashford Short Course, visit www.greenbrier.com/ashford.

 

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Old White TPC Tees Off With 105th Season

Old White TPC Tees Off With 105th Season

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”

Volume 2 of Greenbrier Living Magazine

Volume 2 of Greenbrier Living Magazine

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