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“It was really thought of as Emerald City to both of us,” Justice said.

Then the subject of returning professional golf came up. A few months later, the Greenbrier Classic was unveiled, replacing the Buick Open on this year’s schedule.

Justice was only getting started.

He teamed up with former NBA and West Virginia University star Jerry West to open a steakhouse and earlier this month Justice debuted an $80 million underground casino on the property.

This week, besides the $6 million purse and $1.08 million share that goes to the winner, Justice is offering $1 million for any hole-in-one made on the par-3 18th hole, with $750,000 going to charity and players making the ace getting the rest. There would be a maximum of three payouts per round.

In addition, fans carrying hole-in-one tickets on No. 18 will receive $100 for the first ace, $500 for a second one on the same day and $1,000 for a third.

Whether that happens remains to be seen. The 18th green includes a large ridge in the middle that Stuart Appleby compared to a giant boomerang.

It’s one of many undulating putting surfaces that figure to take some golfers on wild rides. The par-3 third green practically disappears from view from the tees.

“No. 3, you could park your car in it and not even see it,” Johnson Wagner said.

Cross bunkers in the fairways also could get in the way of scoring.

Most of the field hadn’t seen the 7,031-yard, par-70 Old White before arriving this week.

“Whoever plays the best is still going to win,” Pettersson said. “I don’t know if it levels the playing field or not. It probably rewards a more aggressive player.”