View of the 18th hole from the Old White TPC Course at Greenbrier
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 70
Length 7246 yards
Slope 145
Rating 76.0

The Old White, 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.

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Course Details

Year Built 1914
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season March 28th - November 30th
Architect C.B. Macdonald (1914) Seth Raynor (1914) Lester George (2005) Keith Foster (2017) Seth Raynor (1923) Kevin Hargrave (2017)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Greenbrier Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared sport shirts, golf sweaters, shirts or blouses, slacks, golf shorts or knickers. No denim permitted.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Spa, Showers, Locker Rooms

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
11 Reviews (11)
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A must Play

THE GREENBRIER Old White Course, WOW what a treat to play. This is the 2nd time I have had an opportunity to play the course. The course was in great condition from tee to green. The ENTIRE staff from bag drop to proshop, cart area, caddie master, starter, beverage cart attendant were all very accommodating. "Benny" was our fore caddy and he was EXCEPTIONAL!
This is a must play course, at least once in a life time. It is so picturesque and beautifully landscaped with such brilliantly colored flowers. Sometimes I caught myself just looking at the beautiful homes and exceptionally manicured lawns surrounding the course. Did I mention the abundance of wildlife including soaring Eagles, deer and other indigenous animals.
There is a lot of golf history associated with the Greenbrier and it is documented throughout the club house and course with photos, written stories and plaques.
Treat yourself, visit the Greenbrier, enjoy a challenging yet playable course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 290
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

The Old White at The Greenbrier is thriving after getting out on the forefront of the recent “return to classic architecture and conditioning” revival that has captured the raters, rankers and golfing masses.

Deemed tired, with boring round bunkers, even more uninteresting round greens and less-than-thought-provoking mowing patterns, Lester George was tapped in the early 2000s to restore Macdonald and Raynor’s vision. And though the course has since been reconstructed following the massive flood several years ago that led to the ownership softening some of George’s features, the Old White sits solidly in the top half of most publications’ top 50 lists.

It is a remarkably flat, charming layout that rests in a valley of the Allegheny Mountains. The lush, verdant terrain that surrounds Howard’s Creek is made interesting by strategic fairway bunkering and sunken green side traps. Mounding also captures your eye off the tee.

The greens offered movement that is quite subtle to the eye, but dramatic to the ball. I was fooled by how much break I encountered throughout the course, and was thankful to have a forecaddie that showed me the way, even if I was unbelieving. It should come as no surprise, however, as you are playing through a valley with cumbersome mountains on either side, with a body of water bisecting the property to provide the pull. Trust the caddie.

Much has been written about the course’s opening tee shot. Tom Watson said it was his favorite opening shot he’s ever played. I’m not inclined to argue with him. Walking up the steps beside the clubhouse to the starter’s stand and looking out over the property to the fairway below Is quite sensational.

The course’s backbone - at a par of 70 - is reinforced by a bevy of par 4s. Due to the parkland nature of the course, driving accuracy is a key to scoring well, as you will be punching out frequently, otherwise. And this time of year, balls can be hard to locate with all the fallen leaves.

The par 3s, two of which are prominent template holes, are good on the front. I found the two on the back to play largely the same.

Do yourself a favor and retire to Slammin’ Sammy’s afterward for a post-round drink. Try the burger. The hand-cut fries are among the best I’ve had anywhere.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 580
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

A Restored MacDonald Raynor Gem

Most of the C. B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor courses are ultra private and quite difficult to gain access; thus, I had always wanted to Kmart Old White. The wait and effort to finally get her was worth the wait.

Course has most of the course designers famous template holes from short, Biarritz, Alps, Redan, etc.

This is a must play course for any Golden Age of course design fan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 62
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Best flat golf course in US

Maybe Seminole...maybe not....but I'd rather play the Old Gringo than just about any course in the US. For a course in the mountains of WV...It is remarkable how flat the course plays through the river valley. There is quite simply no hills or undulations- but who cares. Course conditions and overall ambiance certainly justify the cost- any day spent at the Greenbrier beats just about anything else!!! JP

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course, beautiful day

The reason I put that we played for 0.00 was that my friend is a member of the Sporting Club and had some coupons. Normally, quite expensive. It was a beautiful day and the course was in immaculate condition. The greens are really quick and of course I had plenty of 3 putts. When I got the speed down I was able to get 3 birdies and 5 pars. It was my first time playing it, although I had walked it previously during the PGA tournament.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
D C Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Classic Course

Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia is the Old White TPC course at The Greenbrier. Widely considered the best public course in West Virginia and one of the Best Public and Resort courses in America. Old White, is a fun classic course designed by CB Macdonald. The course utilizes many of Macdonald's classic template holes and presents a fun yet challenging course. The bunkering is phenomenal, not only greenside but in the fairway as well. The course was in outstanding condition and as you can see the course looks amazing with the changing fall leaves. The course is steeped in history hosting PGA Tour events over the years and currently. The customer services is second to none and the resort looks charming and with a wide range of activities. The Old White TPC is ranked by Golf Digest the number 3 in WV, 34 Public in America, 173 Greatest in America. Golf Magazine ranks the course number 1 Public Course in WV and 37th Public in America. Definitely add the Old White TPC to your list of must play courses you will not be disappointed. Note: I played the course for almost half the posted rate, I felt it was perfectly priced at half the cost but the price of $450.00 is too high for this course in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 280
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

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.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 378
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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