The Greenbrier Course, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Two Nicklaus Design courses have again been ranked in Golfweek’s list of the Best Casino Courses in the U.S. Grand Bear, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Saucier, Miss., comes in at No. 26, while The Greenbrier Course, located in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., comes in at No. 47.
Grand Bear opened for play in 1999, and the following year was named one of Golf Magazine’s Top 10 New Courses You Can Play. The 18-hole, par-72 layout is over 7,200 yards long, with towering pines, natural cypress wetlands, secluded fairways and impeccably manicured greens. Located some 20-30 minutes from Biloxi, the outgoing nine holes skirt the Little Biloxi River. Grand Biloxi’s all-new casino floor has 800 slots and 35 table games.
The Greenbrier Course was originally constructed in 1924 by Seth Raynor, and was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1977 in advance of the 1979 Ryder Cup. The 6,675-yard, par-72 course is heavily wooded and features well-bunkered greens that are terraced and put a premium on accuracy and the short game. It is the only resort course in the world to have hosted The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup (1994). The resort’s new 103,000-square-foot casino is filled with world-class gaming.