The Ashford Short Course, the name of which pays tribute to a physician who cared for wounded soldiers at the property during World War II, will open in August at the White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., property. The walking-only, nine-hole loop of par 3 holes range from 56 to 112 yards in length.
The Ashford Short Course, the newest addition to The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., will provide a fresh option for golfers.
Scheduled for an August 2018 opening, The Ashford Short Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club will be a walking-only nine-hole loop of par 3 holes ranging from 56 to 112 yards in length. The holes will pay tribute to revered architects and courses around the world and provide a relaxed family environment that will be entertaining for golfers of all levels and abilities.
Available for both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier, the newest golf offering will complement the courses already in place—The Old White TPC, the redesigned Meadows Course, and The Snead Course, a Tom Fazio design.
“The Greenbrier is known around the world for first-class golf, and this is just another example of our commitment to giving guests what they desire,” said Robert Harris, Vice President of Golf at The Greenbrier. “The Ashford will provide an opportunity for something new and different on days where guests and members just don’t have time to play 18 holes. We’re incredibly excited to add The Ashford to The Greenbrier collection.”
In addition to providing a place for beginners to learn the game or an experienced golfer to work out the rust in his or her short game, the course will host events like night golf and closest-to-the-pin contests.
The new course’s name, The Ashford Short Course, pays tribute to the history at The Greenbrier. In 1942, the historic resort was sold to the United States Army, and it became a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers during World War II. Named for Army physician Col. Bailey K. Ashford, Ashford General Hospital treated more than 25,000 soldiers from 1942 through 1946. It employed 45 doctors, 100 nurses and 500 enlisted men, along with hundreds of volunteers. The recovering servicemen benefited by using The Greenbrier’s immaculate facilities—including the pool, the golf courses and the tennis courts—during their recovery.
“We’re incredibly proud of our history at The Greenbrier, and we want to do all we can to make sure it isn’t lost,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President. “The Ashford name honors the men and women who spent time here in service to this great country, and it fits perfectly on this exciting new course.”
Set in the valley floor with views of the surrounding mountains, the course will be accompanied by seven new home sites for members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.
“With its close proximity to the Members Lodge, the course is convenient for all of our members before or after lunch or dinner or anytime they have a little extra time,” said Vice President and General Manager Larry Klein. “We can’t wait for everyone to try it.”