Golf Legends Nicklaus, Palmer Aim To Bring U.S. Open To West Virginia
Chambers Bay was built with the intent to host a U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino are hoping they can do the same for a course in West Virginia.
According to The Charleston Gazette, Jim Justice, the owner of the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, has hired the legendary foursome to construct a course on Oakhurst Mountain. The goal is to have a national championship on it one day.
“Everybody’s saying, ‘Aw, there’s no way you can get a U.S. Open here,’” Justice told the newspaper. “Those same people would have said, ‘No way, The Greenbrier is dead. There’s no way you’re going to get a FedEx Cup golf tournament, there’s no way the New Orleans Saints are going to come there. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are going to come there? No way.’
“You see, I’m not a ‘no way’ guy.”
Justice said the project will break ground in the next 30 days and he hopes to have the course open in the fall of 2016. The course would be the resort's sixth. Its Old White TPC course already hosts the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, which is from June 29 to July 5 this year.