Golf legends team up as course designers at Greenbrier

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WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV (WSLS 10) - For the first time in history four golf legends are working together as course designers at the Greenbrier.

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino have ambitious goals for the course; one of which includes hosting a U.S. Open by 2023.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice said he was determined to make history with this partnership.

"Someway somehow I was gonna have them here," Justice said.

The course will open in Fall 2016. There will also be a private ski facility, club house and outdoor pool.

"If you have the Presidents Cup or the Riders Cup something like that it's like a bidding process and not different than the Olympics standpoint," said golf icon Jack Nicklaus.

Economic leaders in Greenbrier County believe a major championship will be huge for the area. The Greenbrier hosts the Greenbrier Classic which attracts known players like Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.

"They always bring in the best players in the world. It would have a huge impact," said Kara Dense from the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It's unclear how much money a U.S. Open would bring to the area; however, we took a look at past reports from a comparable event and found the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina generated about $238 million for the area.

"I think what we will see here is something every person that's here to see in their mind will remember throughout their lives," said legend Arnold Palmer.

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