An article in GolfClubAtlas.com put it this way: "As was his custom, Macdonald . . . had Raynor perform the lion's share of both the initial work and the subsequent refinements. Macdonald was surely pleased by the prospect of building a resort course that would attract decision makers from afar.
"Along with the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda, this creation was the only other true outpost course Macdonald designed. To its detriment, it was built on the rockiest site with which he ever worked. To its benefit, the low humidity and comfortable summer temperatures made it ideal for both growing grass and playing golf through the summer months.''
The course opened to rave reviews, and President Woodrow Wilson was one of the first people to play Old White in April of 1914.
"The New Golf Links at White Sulphur Springs are beyond a doubt one of the finest courses in the country,'' wrote author H.J. Whigham in a Town and Country magazine article.
By 1915, Macdonald was pretty much done with designing courses, and handed much of his business over to Raynor, though he remained in touch with his pupil and often offered advice.
A native New Yorker, Raynor first met Macdonald during the construction of the National Golf Links course in 1908. Macdonald hired Raynor, then an engineer, to survey the land for the layout, beginning a relationship that lasted until Raynor's death.
Raynor apparently had no qualms with Macdonald's cranky arrogance, or with doing his dirty work, as the pair collaborated on several courses over the years. When Raynor went off to design courses on his own, he used many of the same ideas he learned from working with his mentor.
"Raynor's entire understanding of architecture came from Macdonald,'' said golf journalist Anthony Pioppi in a 2010 article in Golf Course Architecture. "There is no reason to indicate that Raynor ever journeyed to Great Britain or even visited the growing array of laudable designs in the United States ... Raynor said he wished he had 'the ears of a donkey or an ass,' so as to hear every word Macdonald spoke.''
The career of Raynor was marked by its brevity, with his first solo project coming at age 38 and his 1926 death from pneumonia at age 51.
Macdonald, who died 13 years after Raynor, remembered him fondly in his book.
"Sad to say he died ere his prime . . . ,'' Macdonald wrote. "Raynor was a great loss to the community, but still a greater loss to me. I admired him from every point of view.''
In 2007, Macdonald was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., and even though it took that group 33 years from its opening to finally get around to his enshrinement, even he would approve of the first paragraph of his bio that read in part, "because of his contributions to the game, he can justly be called the Father of American golf.''
One more significant connection of Old White's journey from early 20th century links attraction to 21st century PGA Tour stop came when Lester George, a golf architect from Richmond, Va., was hired by The Greenbrier to put the layout under an extensive renovation from 2002-06.
By 2000, the course had devolved with age and become very pedestrian, and George restored the course to Macdonald's original design, with consideration given to the impact of modern equipment.
"[Time] had rendered it unrecognizable as a Macdonald/Raynor course,'' George said on GolfClubAtlas.com.
After his initial work, George returned to Old White in 2010 to tweak his refinements in preparation for the initial Greenbrier Classic. Old White, less than a year from its 100th birthday, remains the oldest course played by the PGA pros.