173. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC)
C.B. Macdonald (1915) / Keith Foster (2016)
C.B. Macdonald’s early American design of the Old White at The Greenbrier has always respected, especially after Lester George’s 2007 restoration re-established such things as a Principal’s Nose bunker and Dragon’s Teeth mounds. Golf Digest panelists rediscovered its pleasures and ranked it the Best New Public Remodel of 2007. Soon, owner Jim Justice began sponsoring an annual PGA Tour event and the course became a licensed TPC facility. Then came devastated floods in July, 2016, which claimed lives and destroyed several Old White holes. Another architect, Keith Foster, supervised a total rebuild of the famed course in less than 12 months, in time for the following year’s PGA Tour event. As a result, Old White TPC was named Golf Digest’s Best New Remodel again in 2017.
100 Greatest/Second 100 Greatest history: Ranked on Golf Digest's initial 1966 ranking of America's 200 Toughest Courses. Ranked on America's Second 100 Greatest, 2015 to current. Highest ranking: 141st, 2015-2016. Previous ranking: 159th.
Panelist comments, The Greenbrier (Old White TPC)
"Challenging green complexes with a ton of personality preserved through the years, even through the devastating floods of 2016. The designs play like modern takes on some timeless architectural concepts."
"In places this course sits against the base of the mountains, so the views are topography are quite amazing. What is also interesting about this course is it's remarkably flat; yes there are a couple elevated tees to hit your drive, and yes some of the greens are up on a shelf, but by and large it's a flat golf course. It does have some dramatic doglegs and a stream that runs through the entire course."
"One of America's great courses. Reshaped bunkers enhance the definition and design of the holes. The condition, especially of the greens, is outstanding considering it was newly seeded only last fall. It has a Biarritz and a redan green. The meandering rock-lined creek added beauty and challenge."