BETHESDA, Md. – Congressional CC was not the only PGA Tour venue in the region to be affected by Friday night's 'derecho.'
The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, host to next week's Greenbrier Classic, felt the brunt of the hurricane-like storm as it rolled east from the Ohio area at a blistering pace.
'The whole place got hit pretty daggum hard,' said Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, according to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette. 'We've got about fifty 200-year-old trees that are down across the grounds.'
The Old White TPC, which plays host to the tournament, was the hardest-hit portion of the property.
A large sycamore tree fell across the 16th green, also damaging a corporate skybox. A number of other skyboxes, spectator areas and camera towers were destroyed in the storm.
'I've got a Chairman's Tent (at No. 18) that looks like a bomb went off in it,' Justice said.
Tournament activities are set to begin Monday, leaving little time for Justice's staff to repair the damage to the course.
'The fact that the primary damage is on the course is really unusual,' he said. 'It's not great, that's for sure.'