- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., has symbolized the ideal retreat for more than two centuries. It’s a place where celebrities and politicians relax in peace.

Blending sophisticated resort services and elegant dining with a rural setting meant for long solitary walks, riding horses, skiing, fly-fishing, tennis matches and convivial golf games, the Greenbrier atmosphere provides both a sense of tradition and relaxation.

Now visitors to the Greenbrier can choose to own a vacation home or year-round home at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, which will eventually include 500 homesites set into neighborhoods adjacent to the resort.

This gated residential community, under development by Dolan, Pollak & Schram Development Co. LLC and the Greenbrier, was established in 2000, with club operations managed by the Greenbrier Resort and Club Management Co.

Membership in the Greenbrier Sporting Club includes access to the amenities of the Greenbrier resort, along with a members-only golf course, a lodge, an equestrian center, a sports complex and spa. Hotel shuttle service is provided for residents to their homes.

More than 2,000 acres of open space are part of the Greenbrier Sporting Club.

The Snead golf course, designed by Tom Fazio and named for the resort’s long-time golf pro, Sam Snead, features views of the Allegheny Mountains.

Golf Digest Magazine named the Snead one of the “Top Ten Best New Private Golf Courses in America” in 2005.

Members also can play on the three resort golf courses.

The Members Lodge, constructed of local stone and slate with hickory paneling and woodwork inside, includes a two-story stone fireplace in the dining room, which opens onto a terrace.

The adjacent sports complex includes squash courts, an indoor climbing wall, fitness equipment, an outdoor swimming pool and Har-Tru tennis courts. The members-only spa treatment rooms offer two outdoor porches overlooking White Rock Mountain and the golf course.

The equestrian center features a full-service boarding program for horses as well as making horses available for members to ride the community’s 10 miles of bridle trails.

Riding programs and lessons are also available.

In addition to golf, tennis, swimming and horseback riding, outdoor activities include fly-fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, archery, hiking, trout fishing, bird-watching, white-water rafting and sporting clays.

Homes in the Greenbrier Sporting Club will feature a variety of styles that complement the architectural heritage of the community, including custom estates, mountain cottages with fieldstone chimneys and traditional white clapboard homes along the golf course.

An architectural review board determines the compatibility of the custom designs with the other homes in the development.

Fifteen neighborhoods have been created at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, including Traveller’s Hill, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s horse, sited above the equestrian center.

This community includes 1-acre sites with views of the golf course, lakes and mountains.

Several other neighborhoods, including White Sulphur Hill, Springhouse Cottages, Reservoir Hill and Howard’s Creek are located within walking distance of the Greenbrier Hotel and its amenities. Others are adjacent to the members’ lodge and sports complex and spa. Many clusters of homes have been placed along the golf course.

The Greenbrier Summit Village neighborhood on top of Greenbrier Mountain will include its own community swimming pool, an activity barn and a lodge.

Homesites are priced from the $400,000s to more than $2,000,000, and more than 300 have been sold.

More than 90 homes have been completed, some 50 more are under construction, and 30 are undergoing the approval process.

Home prices generally start at $2,000,000, although some are available in the $1,000,000 price range.

The one-time membership fee for the Greenbrier Sporting Club currently is $120,000, with annual club fees currently set at $8,000.

Architect Donald Rattner designed a model home for the Greenbrier Sporting Club, which sold for about $4,000,000, with a blend of wood and stone on the exterior, a steeply pitched roof, deep porches and terraces for outdoor living rooms and an open interior floor plan for easy family gatherings.

At the heart of the home is a great room with a high ceiling, reclaimed oak flooring and a fieldstone fireplace.

An entry porch leads into the entry hall and on into the great room, which has three sets of French doors opening onto the front porch, as well as three sets of French doors on the opposite side of the room opening onto the rear porch.

The main level also includes a library, an office nook between the library and great room, a dining room, a mudroom, two powder rooms and an open kitchen and family room with French doors leading to a screened porch.

Upstairs, the master bedroom includes two sets of French doors leading to a private terrace, separate dressing areas and his-and-hers closets and a separate closet designed for luggage.

The master bath includes a tub with a marble surround placed in front of a window, a large shower and a double-sink vanity. The upper level also has a library nook overlooking the great room and two additional bedrooms that share a bath.

For information about the Greenbrier Sporting Club, call 888/741-8989 or visit www.thegreenbriersportingclub.com.

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