The Greenbrier: America's First Luxury Resort!
Posted: Apr. 23rd, 2006 | By JustLuxe Team
The Greenbrier is built on a sprawling landscape
consisting of three championship golf courses, 802
guest rooms, outdoor tennis courts and a spa that is
bigger than some of its neighboring towns. The resort,
which is located in White Sulphur Springs, West
Virginia, is a national landmark that is over 227
years. The first luxury hotel, the Grand Central
Hotel, was built in 1858, closed during the Civil War,
and reopened after the war.
The Greenbrier Course was originally laid out in 1924.
In 1977 Jack Nicklaus redesigned the course. It was
the site of the Ryder Cup in 1979 and the Solheim Cup
in 1994. The Greenbrier, in conjunction with the Golf
Channel, is hosting the Golf Channel Viewer's Cup
Championship in 2006 and 2007. This year's tournament
is July 12-16, 2006. The Tom Watson Fall Golf Classic
will be played on September 17-20, 2006. The 36-hole,
pro-am tournament will be played on two of the
resort's golf courses.
The Meadows Course began as nine-hole course but was
substantially upgraded in 1999, by architects Dick
Wilson and Bob Cupp, to a par-71 of 6,795 yards.
Regional and state tourneys are frequently held on it.
The Old White Course, which opened in 1913, is the
resort's first course. The eighth hole is styled after
the Redan at North Berwick; the 13th after the Alps at
Prestwick; and the 15th after the Eden at St. Andrews.
President Woodrow Wilson is one of the first players
to golf on the Old White Course. All three courses
conclude at the Greenbrier's acclaimed Golf Club. The
late Sam Snead, who passed in 1992, is the golfer most
responsible for bringing national recognition to the
Greenbrier Resort as a world-class golf complex.
Check out the resort's website for all the details of
this charming resort's rich history. Please note that
the Greenbrier does have an enforced dress code.
Knickers, clubs, shirts, ties and jackets, please.
For LxM James Rothaar
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