The Greenbrier Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Old White Golf Course

  • Posted on: 19 April 2014
  • By: The Media Center

The Greenbrier’s iconic original Charles Blair MacDonald-designed golf course made history Easter weekend. The Old White TPC, the first 18-hole golf course at The Greenbrier, opened in 1914. A legend of Greenbrier golf history, the course was named for the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922.

MacDonald, a dominant figure in the early history of American golf, designed the course and modeled several holes from some of the most famous European holes. The Old White TPC Course's Hole 8 was styled after the Redan at North Berwick; Hole 13 after the Alps at Prestwick; and Hole 15 after the Eden at St. Andrew's.

Over the years, golf greats including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson have played these challenging greens. Sam Snead shot his final hole-in-one on The Old White TPC's Hole 18 in 1995.

In 2010, The Old White TPC began hosting The Greenbrier Class PGA Tour event, with notable participants including Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, and inaugural Greenbrier Classic champion, Stuart Appleby. Also in 2011, it was announced that The Old White became The Old White TPC, joining the most prestigious golf courses in the nation within the PGA TOUR's The Tournament Player's Club Network.

The Greenbrier is an award-winning resort located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. As a National Historic Landmark, The Greenbrier's classic architecture, exquisite interior design, abundant scenic beauty, and outstanding amenities have hosted distinguished guests from around the world since 1778.

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