This landmark 721-room resort, revived three years ago by native son Jim Justice, traces its history to 1778, when a woman crippled with rheumatism was placed in a hollowed tree trunk filled with the town’s sulphur spring waters (she was cured). Rows of attached cottages, many still in use today, were constructed near the healing spring. Later, White Sulphur Springs became a meeting place for Southern families who followed a time-honored ritual of bathing in (or drinking) the waters. In 1914, C.B. Macdonald built the resort’s first layout, now known as the Old White TPC Course, site of this week’s Greenbrier Classic. Guests can also play the resort’s Greenbrier and Meadows courses, try their luck in a casino described as “Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind,” and unwind in the deluxe spa. Among the more popular treatments is the soothing, curative Sulphur Soak, which eases tired golf muscles and minimizes aches and pains. The waters of West Virginia’s Alvon Springs are also used in hydrotherapy treatments.
White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.