WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Walking around the Old White TPC course, you would be hard-pressed to detect the damage from 52 fallen trees.
By the time the third edition of the Greenbrier Classic tees off Thursday morning, spectators will have to be told where the trouble spots were. When the Classic hits Golf Channel on Thursday afternoon, viewers won't see anything out of the ordinary.
As golfers began their practice round, Greenbrier workers, men from a local nursery and other vendors continued their work in restoring the 98-year-old course after it got hammered by Friday's storm.
Work remained Monday, but the course was very much playable, the grandstands and skyboxes looked perfect and fans trickled onto the course for the afternoon pro-am.
Call it the Miracle on Old White.
Led by head groundskeeper Kelly Shumate and aided by small army of volunteers, all those trees were picked up, sliced up and carted away.
Trees totally lost were removed, stumps and all, and damaged branches were sawed off otherwise healthy trees.
More than 200 people worked all weekend to present a near-perfect course for arriving PGA Tour golfers.
"It was a Herculean effort," said Tim McNeely, the Classic's executive director. "We had The Greenbrier staff, all hands on deck. We had a lot of vendors, but we had a large number of volunteers that came, even though they had their own problems, no power at home.''
Before crews could do much of anything, they had to clear out a few avenues - "veins," as McNeely termed them - to get to the rest of the course. One was near the driving range where spectators enter the course; the other was the area between No. 18 and No. 1, where the bridge crosses Howard's Creek.
That took until about 3 a.m. Saturday. From there, hours ran short to remove trees - not just dig them up and set them aside, get them off the course - fix a damaged green and rebuild some demolished skyboxes.
Said skyboxes were picture-perfect on Monday, as if they had not been touched. Fairways were near perfect on all par-4s and par-5s.