Inside the course: Greenbrier's Old White TPC

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Courtesy of The Greenbrier
The 213-yard par-3 15th at the Old White TPC will challenge golfers this week.
July 02, 2012
PGA TOUR Staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Jacob M. Workman
Original architect Charles Blair Macdonald (1914)
Most recent redesign PGA TOUR Design (2010-2011)
Par value 70
Number of TOUR events as host venue 3 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 13 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,229 (2010-present)
Grass Bentgrass, Poa annua (Tees, fairways); Bentgrass (Greens); Bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescue (Rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10.5 ft
Sand bunkers 72
Water hazards 10
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Stuart Appleby
Year
2010
Round
4th
Finish
Won
The Old White TPC2011 rankings
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank
1 4 449 3.963 14
2 4 488 4.224 2
3 3 205 3.107 8
4 4 427 4.002 10
5 4 388 3.961 15
6 4 471 4.174 4
7 4 430 4.009 9
8 3 234 3.141 6
9 4 404 3.909 16
10 4 385 3.965 13
11 4 493 4.172 5
12 5 568 4.693 18
13* 4 492 4.28 1
14 4 401 3.976 11
15 3 217 3.2 3
16 4 444 4.111 7
17 5 616 4.735 17
18 3 162 2.972 12
Course origins
The Greenbrier's first 18-hole golf course, The Old White Course, opened in 1914. The course was named for the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922. One of the first golfers to play The Old White was President Woodrow Wilson in April of 1914. The course features generous fairways and challenging, undulating putting greens. Every hole has an obvious and well defined strategy that allows for either a very challenging approach to the green, or one that has less risk, and a higher chance of success.

Charles Blair Macdonald, a dominant figure in the early history of American golf, designed the course and modeled several holes from some of the most famous European holes. The Old White's No. 8 hole was styled after the Redan at North Berwick, No. 13 after the Alps at Prestwick and No. 15 after the Eden at St. Andrews.

Over the years, golf greats including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson have played these challenging greens. Sam Snead shot his final hole-in-one on The Old White Course's No. 18 in 1995. To ensure the future of this traditional course, The Greenbrier began a multi-year restoration process, which was done by Lester George of George Golf Design and was completed in 2006.

The Old White Course, along with The Greenbrier Course and The Meadows Course, the two other championship, 18-hole courses, begins and ends at the Golf Club. -- Source: Thegreenbrier.com
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
The Old White Course White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. 2010-present

The PGA TOUR heads to The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort for the Greenbrier Classic. Learn more about this historic venue.

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