300 W. Main St,
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 24986
18 holes. Tree-lined and open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and limited high-end residential.
Original design by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor; restored and remodelled by Lester George (2007); further modifications by Steve Wenzloff (2010) and Keith Foster (2016).
The three 18-hole courses radiating out from the clubhouse at The Greenbrier are: Old White TPC (par-70; 7287 yds from back tees; designer Charles B. Macdonald); Greenbrier course (par-72; 6675 yds; Jack Nicklaus) and the Meadows course (par-70; 6660 yds; Dick Wilson & Bob Cupp).
Just over 1 mi away at the Greenbrier Sporting Club is the 18-hole, private members-only Snead Course (par-71; 7025 yds; Tom Fazio). 4 mi NE of The Greenbrier clubhouse is the 9-hole Oakhurst Links (par-34, 2234 yds). Built in 1884, the Oakhurst Links allows resort guests to play with period equipment and in period costume.
1 mi SW of White Sulphur Springs / 70 mi NW of Roanoke.
The Greenbrier Golf Club (Old White TPC): The most famous of The Greenbrier's three public-access championship courses, the "Old White" takes its name from the original hotel that stood here. Immaculately maintained and presented, this Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor layout is an open parkland gem. Two other courses, The Greenbrier and Meadows, also set-out from the elevated clubhouse, and both are also well worth an outing.
The gently undulating and wonderfully flowing Old White is handsomely defined by stylish rectangular bunkers and a liberal scattering of mature trees. Wooded hills rise-up beyond the course on one side; a few mansion-size houses adorn the other. Amongst the layout's distinctly linksy overtones, some holes draw inspiration (if not an exact likeness) from notable holes of St Andrews, North Berwick and Prestwick. Also inspired by Scotland's best are the wonderfully firm fast greens, a joy to putt on for links devotees. The Old White's huge 63-yard green at the par-3 3rd is bisected by a deep gully; this "Biarritz" style green inspired by North Berwick's famous par-4 16th hole.
At the par-4 5th, par-3 8th and par-5 17th you are confronted by the Old White's infamous "Dragon Teeth." These fescue-covered steep conical mounds need to be avoided. At best they'll offer a precarious stance and the chance to hack-out; at worst a lost ball interred in a small grassy tumulus. Quite what inspired these rather unique "hazards" remains a mystery that perhaps only Seth Raynor can explain. Piling-up surplus rubble, then grassing over it might be one explanation.
Pick of the holes: the par-3 18th provides a fitting climax to this great course. From an elevated tee you play over Howard Creek, your target a not overly large green, heavily fortified by a ring of bunkers. Greenbrier's imposing clubhouse overlooks the green. The creek also briefly puts in an appearance in front of the elevated first tee, while Swan Lake, the only other water hazard of note, threatens from the tee at the par-4 16th.
Stay&Play at The Greenbrier: luxury onsite accommodation available; see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends during the golf season (early-March thru' November; weather dependent).
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play rates and packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Walking permitted. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire. Forecaddie required on the Old White TPBC course in high season. Caddies also available.
Excellent (including a double-ended driving range).
The Old White course was the first course to be established at The Greenbrier. It was named after the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on these grounds from 1858 until 1922.
2019/20 Golf Digest rating: OLD WHITE TPC rated 173rd best course and 34th best public course in the USA; 3rd best course in West Virginia. SNEAD course rated 4th best course in West Virginia.
300 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
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The Greenbrier is widely regarded as one of the finest luxury resorts in the United States. It offers 710 rooms, including 33 suites and 96 guest and estate houses, as well as housing 10 lobbies, 40+ meeting rooms and a complete conference center facility. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, "America's Resort" is renowned for its wide array of activities and amenities such as championship golf, fine dining, designer boutiques, mineral spa, entertainment and gaming (in The Casino Club). Since 1778 people have travelled to The Greenbrier to 'take the waters' and bathe in the white sulphur springs.
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