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.
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