Courses & Travel
May 26, 2009

Justice To The Greenbrier

In case you missed it, here's  the press release:

__Justice Family Group Purchases The Greenbrier;

West Virginia Owner will Seek Dismissal of Bankruptcy__

West Virginia businessman Jim Justice today announced that his company has purchased The Greenbrier resort and 80 percent of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The purchase by the Justice Family Group, LLC was made through the acquisition of the stock of The Greenbriers holding company.

"I am very excited to become part of one of Americas finest traditions," said Justice. "The Greenbrier is uniquely 'West Virginian,' and I look forward to working with the team to build on its legacy."

Mr. Justice (pictured above) also plans to seek dismissal of the bankruptcy of The Greenbrier. "Our near-term goal is to give The Greenbrier a fresh start," said Justice. "Even though the current economy is taking its toll on the resort, we are going to take a long-term view by focusing on reclaiming our five-star status and making the right investments for future growth."

Michael Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CSX [old owners], commented, "While this is an entirely different kind of transaction than expected, this is a great result for The Greenbrier, its employees, the community, and CSX. Mr. Justice has made his passion and enthusiasm for The Greenbrier very clear."

The Greenbrier, residing on 6,500-acres of lush landscape in West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, is an award-winning resort which has been offering a welcoming home to its guests since 1778. The Greenbrier Sporting Club is an upscale private residential development located at the resort.

Here's a link to the Greenbrier's website.

The most recent news: Justice has already achieved collective bargaining agreements with the unions and the bankruptcy has been dismissed.

If you give the Greenbrier a go, play the Old White. It's a C.B. Macdonald design and after Lester George restored it, Golf Digest named it Best New Remodel in 2006. I also took the famous bunker tour, fed fast-flying falcons and did the off-road driving lessons. I had a great time when I was there and I'm also happy for the Greenbrier, the community and for golf resorts in general.

--Matty G.