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“One of the most underrated golf courses in the country”

The Old White TPC Golf Course
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The Old White, the first 18-hole golf course at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and opened in 1914. Macdonald was recognized as the father of American golf course architecture and modeled several holes after some of the most famous holes in Europe. The par 3, 234-yard eighth was styled after the "Redan" at North Berwick. The par 4, 492-yard 13th after the "Alps" at Prestwick. And the par 3, 217-yard 15th after "Eden" at St. Andrews in Scotland, the home of golf. Hall of Fame golfers Sam Snead, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino have served as golf pros at the Greenbrier in recent years. Watson said the par 4, 449-yard first hole is the best opening shot of any course he has played. Current stars Phil Michelson and Bubba Watson also have endorsed the course. In fact, they have purchased property and joined the Greenbrier Sporting Club. After buying the Greenbrier in 2009, Jim Justice, the current governor of West Virginia, persuaded PGA officials to bring a tournament to his resort. The Greenbrier Classic had its debut in 2010, replacing the long-standing Buick Open in Flint, Michigan, on the PGA Tour schedule. The Old White joined the TPC network of courses in 2011 and was extended to 7,287 yards from 6,663 in 2013. As of 2018, the event has been renamed A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier in honor of U.S. military involvement at the resort. In the final round of the inaugural tournament in 2010, Stuart Appleby shot a 59, the fifth in PGA history, to win by a stroke. The 2012 event was notable because Tiger Woods and Michelson both missed the cut in the same PGA event for the first time. The Old White, named for the Old White hotel which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922, hosted the Ryder Cup in 1979 and the Solheim Cup in 1994. My wife and I don't play golf--are we the only non-golfers who stay at the Greenbrier?--but we enjoy walking the course and admiring the beautiful scenery and the houses that line the fairways. Several years ago, we ran into Sam Snead on the golf course and followed him around for a few holes. You never know what you'll see at the Greenbrier.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have attended this tournament every year from its inception. This is the first year I have been disappointed in the pre organization and actual execution of the tournament. The course was in excellent condition and the grounds well kept. This is the first year I have felt you forgot to roll out the welcome carpet for your guests. The Greenbrier has always been a shinning star in
WV. This year the star is tarnished and many of your guests did not feel the excellence of your events. We have decided to give u one more year to redeem this year’s performance. Hopefully next year we and other guests will feel the hospitality of past years.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

Beautiful setting. Disappointed the there was no disclosure that the greens were punched and top dressed when booking the tee time. Inconsistency made for a poor golfing experience. Course did not discount the rate for the poor conditions. Traveled a long way to be disappointed.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

This course was simply fantastic the holes were very challenging yet not impossible we played the blues the views on the course were breath taking our cadddie Jimmy was great helped us a lot to stay out of trouble when hitting he was simply very helpful and just an all around good guy. If your staying at the Greenbrier give this course a shot it's a must try you will not regret it. Everybody is so helpful and friendly.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 27, 2017

I visited for the Greenbrier Classic and all I can say is I was blown away! The course is truly magnificent! Considering all the damage they had last year from the terrible flooding, I can't believe the work that was done to the course to almost it look like there was never a flood at all! It is also a very level course, which I wasn't expecting with the mountains all around, but it provides for some really good sight lines--especially for watching the tournament.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank cvon27
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