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.
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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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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