Russell Montague moved to the White Sulpher Springs area from Boston to be near healing springs and treat his illnesses. He ended up building the first golf course in the United States, the Oakhurst Links in 1884. The links were popular in the area for a number of years but eventually went dormant in the early 1910's.
A gentleman amateur golfer of some renown, Lewis Keller purchased the land in 1959 knowing there was a golf course on the property. Years later at the urging of his friend Sam Snead and others, Keller hired Bob Cupp, a well known golf course architect to help resurrect the course. The redesign was completed over a few years as the original tees and greens were restored and the routing preserved to its original 2,235 yards. If you're fortunate to play here, you're provided with wood shafted clubs, gutta percha balls, and instruction in creating the sand tees for tee shots with the maintenance of the course now tended by a small herd of sheep keeping the grass down.
The course is now owned by Jim Justice, who also owns the nearby Greenbrier with plans to continue to preserve the course.