The Greenbrier courses to reopen after floods

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The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. announced the opening dates for four of its golf courses following last summer’s devastating floods caused by record rainfalls that occurred roughly two weeks prior to the resort’s annual PGA Tour event, The Greenbrier Classic.

The PGA Tour would eventually have to cancel the 2016 edition of the tournament because “The Old White TPC, host course for the tournament, suffered extensive damage from the flooding and is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.”

According to the Greenbrier’s website, The Greenbrier Course is scheduled to open on March 1st, The Snead Course is scheduled to open on May 14th, The Meadows Course is scheduled to open May 26th and The Old White TPC is scheduled to open on July 10th following this year’s The Greenbrier Classic, which is back on the PGA Tour schedule for July 6-9th. The resort’s fifth course, Oakhurst Links, does not have an opening date listed on the site.

The PGA Tour and The Greenbrier signed a contract extension in 2012 that keeps the event at the property until 2021.

The tournament gained some notoriety when Stuart Appleby fired a 59 to win the event in 2010. It was the first 59 to be shot on a par-70 course and broke the course record of 60 that was set by Sam Snead in 1950.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are among the notables who have played in the tournament.

Also of note, the 23rd Ryder Cup was played at The Greenbrier Course in 1979. The matches were won by the United States in dominating fashion, 17-11. It was the first event that Team Europe replaced the team from Great Britain in hopes of raising the Ryder Cup’s profile.

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