The Greenbrier buys historic Oakhurst Links

 Jill Sharp takes a swing on the first tee at the Oakhurst Links golf course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Jill Sharp takes a swing on the first tee at the Oakhurst Links golf course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Greenbrier 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 has been completed.

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, built in 1884, keeps an 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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