Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jim Justice, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino at the groundbreaking ceremony
Golf icons Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind championship golf course, which broke ground in October at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The Greenbrier is one of the foremost destination golf resorts in the country and the home to The Greenbrier Classic, an annual event on the PGA Tour.
The new mountain course, with dramatic elevation changes and spectacular vistas overlooking the historic Oakhurst Links course, is the first-ever design collaboration between these four golf legends, and will be the centerpiece of Oakhurst, the newest neighborhood planned for The Greenbrier Sporting Club Subdivision. The course, which hopes to open in spring 2017, is part of The Greenbrier owner Jim Justice’s vision to one day host a major championship, perhaps even a U.S. Open, at the resort.
“The groundbreaking for every project is a special moment and memory in the life of a golf course,” Jack Nicklaus said. “This time, you might say you have four old friends coming together for a new beginning at The Greenbrier.”
In addition to the new 8,042-yard, 18-hole mountaintop championship golf course, other planned amenities for the Oakhurst neighborhood and for future use by members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club include: a private ski facility; a clubhouse; dining facilities; a pro shop; an outdoor pool; and fishing, hiking and biking areas.
The existing historic 9-hole Oakhurst Links course, the oldest golf club in America, will also be incorporated into this new planned neighborhood as part of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Built in 1884 and purchased by The Greenbrier resort in 2012, Oakhurst Links is a 30-acre course, museum and clubhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located just a few miles north of The Greenbrier. Conventional golf clubs are not used at Oakhurst; golfers, often dressed in period golf attire, play with hickory-shafted clubs and hit gutta-percha balls off tees fashioned from sand and water, the way it was done more than 130 years ago.
“We are so thrilled and honored to welcome four of the greatest golfers who have ever played the game into The Greenbrier family to collaborate on this unprecedented golf course design, the very first of its kind anywhere in the world,” said Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier. “As a proud born-and-bred West Virginian, I could not be personally more excited to bring this incredible treasure to our state, which will bring golf lovers and travelers from around the world to The Greenbrier.”
Upon purchase of a membership in The Greenbrier Sporting Club, Inc., the private equity club and residential community set amidst the 10,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier, residents of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Subdivision also will have use and access to exclusive Club amenities and activities. Membership also provides access to more than 55 activities at The Greenbrier resort.
To learn more about The Greenbrier Sporting Club, visit greenbriersportingclub.com or call 888-741-8989.