White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (June 1, 2016): Together, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have played a role in the design of nearly 700 golf courses around the world. Neither of them, though, has ever worked on a project quite like the one they’re currently involved with at The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

Nicklaus and Player, along with Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino, are working together to design a mountaintop course that will be a part of the proposed new private Oakhurst development at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. During separate site visits over the last two months, both golfing icons commented on the uniqueness of the project.
Work Continues at Oakhurst Work Continues at Oakhurst

“What we’re doing here is theoretically the combination of the four of us,” said Nicklaus last week, explaining that The Greenbrier Owner Jim Justice wants the project to truly be a collaborative effort, instead of having one designer take the lead role. “It’s difficult to do, but I think we’re going to get there.”

All four of the golfing legends have different ideas and preferences, making coming to a consensus part of the collaborative process. But, according to Player, that interaction is what will make the new course unlike any other.

“We have as much experience as any four players who have ever lived,” said the nine-time major champion during a visit in April. “To get all four ideas and formulate them into one idea, we should be able to do something with great quality.”

The course site, on top of a mountain more than 2,000 feet above historic Oakhurst Links, which first opened in 1884, also creates the chance to design something special.

“This is going to be a beautiful golf course,” said Player. “You can imagine this beautiful drive up the mountain amongst the trees and flowers and then come to the clubhouse right on top of the mountain.

“It might be a golf course with the best views in the world. Pebble Beach and other courses you see the sea all the time, but here you’ll have incredible views and we’re taking advantage of that.”

For Nicklaus, the key is diversity.

“You’re trying to take all those different areas and put them in a balance,” explained the winner of a record 18 major championships. “You don’t want all pastures. You don’t want all streams. You don’t want all lakes. You don’t want all trees. You want to make a balance.

“We don’t have any limitations. We’re limited here by the property and our imaginations, and that’s good.”

Justice tagged the star-studded team with designing a course that would play at more than 8,000 yards from its tips and made no secret of his ultimate goal of hosting a U.S. Open on the new course.

Both Nicklaus and Player said that goal is in the back of their minds during every moment of design, but they’re also careful not to forget the players who will be on the course at other times of the year.

“He’s asked us to do a golf course that could immediately hold a major championship,” said Nicklaus. “That is part of our effort to do that. But who else is going to play it?

“They have a major championship here every five years? What’s going to happen the other 250 weeks? Someone else is going to play it. We’ve got to make sure the golf course is very playable for the average person.”

There’s plenty of work left to do before the opening, scheduled for sometime around the fall of 2017. Trevino has already arrived at The Greenbrier and will be on property throughout the summer in his second year as The Greenbrier Golf Professional Emeritus. He’ll make visits to the site and lend his thoughts, as will Palmer and his design team. There will be more visits, more debates, more meetings and plenty more changes to the original plans, but when the job is done, all agree the course will immediately find its spot among the best in the world.

“We have a great team,” said Player. “And The Greenbrier has a great team. With our knowledge, if we cannot build one of the great golf courses of the world, we should be fired.”

For more information on the new course or the Oakhurst development of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, visit Also, visit the LifeAtTheGreenbrier channel on YouTube to watch the first in a series of webisodes chronicling the construction of the new course. 

About The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778 offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world. The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination. The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play five championship golf courses (including The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course) or experience 55+ activities including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. The private, guests-only Casino Club features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing. Our full-service, 40,000 square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and our Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. With the purchase by native West Virginian Jim Justice in 2009 and a $350+ million restoration, The Greenbrier is now once again the leading luxury resort in the world.

About The Greenbrier Sporting Club
The Greenbrier Sporting Club is a private, residential sporting community and equity club on the 11,000-acre grounds of the legendary Greenbrier.  Members enjoy access to an array of private amenities including a Members’ Lodge, 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, sports complex with infinity pool, indoor squash courts and 25-foot climbing wall. Members also indulge in exclusive mountaintop amenities at Greenbrier Summit Village which include The Summit Lodge with game room, an Activities Barn with basketball/volleyball courts and infinity pool, outdoor amphitheater, events glade, access to 20 miles of hiking and biking trails and so much more. A membership at The Greenbrier Sporting Club also means complete access to more than 55 of The Greenbrier resort’s amenities and activities, including three championship golf courses: The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier and The Meadows.