Golf history was made in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia October 16 as Jim Justice, owner of the world-famous Greenbrier, brought together, for the first time, four Hall of Fame golf icons: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.
The four will collaborate on a first-of-its-kind championship golf course, Oakhurst. The Greenbrier is, of course, one of the foremost destination golf resorts and vacation home residential communities in the country. It is also home to the annual PGA Tour FedExCup event, The Greenbrier Classic.
The four golfing legends joined Jim Justice in breaking mid October on the new mountain course. With its dramatic elevation changes and spectacular vistas overlooking the historic
Oakhurst Links course, the moment was the first-ever course collaboration between these four golf legends. Their combined experience will be the centerpiece of Oakhurst, the newest real estate neighborhood planned for The Greenbrier Sporting Club Subdivision.
The course, which is set to open in fall 2016, is part of Jim Justice’s vision to one day host a major championship, including a possible U.S. Open, 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
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.”
“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
“This is such a unique piece of property and the golf course that we are building here will be unlike anything I have ever seen in all my years as an architect or player,” Arnold Palmer said. “The dramatic
elevation changes will reveal spectacular views of the Alleghenies and it will surely be a memorable experience for anyone who plays here. I’m so pleased we are breaking ground and making this project a
“This collaboration is going well, and I am very pleased with the direction of the golf course,” Gary Player said. “It’s just a spectacular mountain setting. And the fact that we are moving dirt makes the project so
tangible for those interested in a residence at Oakhurst. Now is a great time to consider a Founding Partnership.”
“This day is one for the history books,” said Lee Trevino, The Greenbrier’s Golf Pro Emeritus. “To be here with Jack, Gary and Arnold for the groundbreaking of such a special course for The Greenbrier Sporting
Club–right next door to the oldest golf club in America–it’s just something really special for all of us involved. We’re all excited to have the routing plan completed and to move into the next design phase of
strategy. It’s going to be a fun course!”
Upon purchase of a membership in The Greenbrier Sporting Club, Inc., 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.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club is a private residential sporting community, is the pinnacle of luxury real estate in West Virginia. Exclusive homesites are available from $300,000 for a stunning mountain view property to completed homes from $1 million, all within distinctive neighborhoods set across the 10,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier.
The vast and historical resort is an award-winning legend in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. Sporting Club Members enjoy access to an array of private amenities, including two members’ lodges; outdoor pools; award-winning golf at The Snead-an 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf course; Eastern-inspired spa (Ananda in the Alleghenies); full-service equestrian center; private access to miles of trout streams; and a sports complex with indoor squash courts and a 25-foot climbing wall. Members also indulge in exclusive mountaintop amenities at Greenbrier Summit Village and so much more. It is a place where it is impossible to get bored. Home ownership at The Greenbrier Sporting Club also means complete access to more than 55 amenities and activities at The Greenbrier resort, including multiple championship golf courses.