The Old White got its makeover just a few years before Jim Justice and his millions of dollars enabled a makeover of the ailing Greenbrier Resort's overall fortunes, including the much-heralded arrival of the PGA Tour.
When the tour chose the Old White as its venue, the first thing tour officials did was go around with George to see if any changes were needed specific to a PGA event and its long-ball golfers. Indeed, the changes included lengthening the course from 6,866 to 7,031 yards.
The historic renovation and PGA Tour changes are going to make for some impressive golf in the heart of the Mountain State, George said.
"There are only two par 5s and they're both on the back 9, so we think from [the 12th hole] in it's going to be an opportunity to make up a lot of shots and have a lot of excitement.
"I think the players are just going to overwhelmingly like the golf course because they don't get to play a golf course like this very often. This is the oldest golf course they'll play on tour."
George has played the course himself maybe a half-dozen times. His best score?
"I've stopped counting," he says, diplomatically. "I've had days when it treated me like I think it should, and I've had days when it treated me like it shouldn't."
Whatever the score, the new-old course is ready for its moment in the spotlight.
"It is easily one of the most unique golf courses in this part of the country," he said. He serves up a shout-out of thanks to Justice for bringing him back in to ready the course for the PGA.
"We're really, really enthused about what Jim's done for The Greenbrier and the state of West Virginia and to bring this kind of focus to the place."
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.