Greenbrier - Old White TPC Course
The Old White TPC, the first 18-hole golf course at The Greenbrier, was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and opened for play in 1914. A legend of golf history at The Greenbrier, the course was named for the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 through 1922. Macdonald, the father of American golf course architecture, modeled several holes from some of the most famous throughout Europe. The 8th Hole was styled after the "Redan" at North Berwick, the 13th after the "Alps" at Prestwick and the 15th after the "Eden" at St. Andrews. His associate, Seth Raynor, assisted in the course construction and returned in the 1920s to oversee updates to the golf course.
|Middle (W)||70||5853 yards||74.3||130|
|Forward (W)||70||5021 yards||69.4||122|
|Tournament M: 76.0/145||449||486||208||430||388||475||436||236||413||3521||382||484||570||496||395||229||421||615||179||3771||7292|
|Championship M: 74.1/137||449||446||208||430||340||475||390||224||413||3375||357||441||547||451||395||195||418||564||151||3519||6894|
|Back M: 71.7/130||428||378||197||398||330||436||380||180||383||3110||344||412||536||414||344||188||379||555||144||3316||6426|
|Middle M: 69.1/127 W: 74.3/130||420||367||188||369||303||383||345||154||337||2866||305||394||504||401||311||135||335||466||136||2987||5853|
|Forward M: 64.2/113 W: 69.4/122||296||321||148||329||246||335||323||119||313||2430||284||332||465||308||270||114||310||406||102||2591||5021|
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Tour-quality but enjoyable for all
The Old White TPCat The Greenbrier is one of my golf "happy places." The CB Macdonald/Seth Raynor layout has strong versions of many of the duo's famous "template holes," combined with mountain views everywhere you look. I would definitely recommend walking the course with a caddie, who will help you read the famously tricky greens. This time around, it was a special treat to hit into the par-3 18th with the stands being set up for the PGA Tour event.
100 years of excellence and getting better
Originally designed by CB Macdonald and Seth Raynor, this course has only gotten better over time, especially since it was renovated a few years back right before the PGA Tour moved in with the Greenbrier Classic. From start to finish, this course is memorable with elements of Scottish links design combined with classic America golf. Conditions are impeccable in resort setting unlike anywhere else in the world. A definite bucket list play.
The New Old White
A C.B. Macdonald original design is hard to find. Not unlike other courses built during the Golden Era of architecture, multiple architects have been involved in the current state of Old White, including Seth Raynor, who was Macdonald's protege. Lester George did a fairly recent restoration. And there's new grass on the greens. The course has all the charm and strategic challenges you'd expect from an American classic. You'll use every club in your bag, negotiate big undulating greens and wind through the rolling tree-lined topography of White Sulphur Springs. Sam Snead made 42 aces in his decorated career. No. 42 was on Old White's 18th, one of the rare par-3 finishing holes in golf. The Greenbrier is my No. 7 best buddies-trip destination in the U.S., in part, because of how much I enjoy playing Old White. Other factors are the alternate golf options, rich history, 5-star service and 50+ amenities—including a new steak house and casino. The setting makes fall an especially good time to visit. Credit to local coal mogul, Jim Justice, for bringing back The Greenbrier and Old White to prominence—and relevance.