Greenbrier resort buys historic W.Va. course

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is buying a nearby golf course that is one of the nation's oldest.

Oakhurst Links owner Lewis Keller told The Associated Press on Friday that the purchase was done.

The course was auctioned at $410,000 this summer, but the purchase failed to go through. Keller said the Greenbrier paid more than that auction price, but less than $1 million.

The nine-hole course was built in 1884 and it keeps a historic approach to the game: Players often wear period clothes and must use traditional clubs made from hickory.

The course is a few miles north of the luxurious resort in White Sulphur Springs. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice said he planned to keep the course open and make improvements if needed.

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