Contractor sues Greenbrier for $1.275 million

No. 15 on the Old White Course at The Greenbrier.

The Greenbrier Hotel Corp., whose flagship Greenbrier Resort is home to the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, has been sued by a golf course construction contractor claiming $1.275 million is due for unpaid labor and materials.

The suit, filed by Aspen Corp. of Daniels, W.Va., concerns extensive landscaping work on the Old White Course and the resort’s grounds in the run-up to this year’s inaugural Greenbrier Classic, held July 29-Aug.1 and won by Stuart Appleby. Phone messages left with Greenbrier owner Jim Justice were not immediately returned. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 29 in Greenbrier County Circuit Court and includes a demand for a jury trial. As part of the suit, the plaintiffs filed a notice of mechanic’s lien against the resort hotel.

Representatives from Aspen Corp. would not comment and referred questions to attorney John H. Tinney, senior partner in The Tinney Law Firm of Charleston, W.Va. Tinney said he has not heard from Justice or his attorneys.

The Greenbrier-Old White Course, designed in 1915 by Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, was fully restored by architect Lester George in 2002-06, with the construction work done by Aspen Corp. George and Aspen teamed up again in 2009-10 to do further work on Greenbrier-Old White. Additional renovation work began Sept. 16 on Old White, with the course closed 10 days later and not scheduled to reopen until next July’s Greenbrier Classic. This latest renovation work is being undertaken by PGA Tour Design Service and McDonald & Sons.

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