Donald Trump is going on a golfing excursion


Our leader of the free world will spend some July Fourth-ish time away from cares of state and maybe more on caring for the green. Instead of a bald eagle, maybe a double eagle.

Flying 25 minutes into Lewisburg, the president then heads to the Alleghenies and West Virginia’s White Sulphur Springs. A four-day Professional Golfers’ Association event which, attended by thousands, the Greenbrier hotel has hosted repeatedly.

Because this particular event’s special, all outside and inside bleachers, kiosks, shops, grandstands, award-winning circle, 18th and 19th holes got re-juiced like a grande dame getting a face-lift.

Dorothy Draper’s Carleton Varney and Brinsley Matthews redesigned the hotel’s total environment. Special shrubs, rhododendrons. The cafe that serves booze now with an aqua ceiling. Its casino same place Tiger Woods once blew $600,000, which was less than his fee to show up newly all green and white.

Everything overhauled because this Independence Day tournament is special. Officially renamed, it will be “A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.” There’s a flyover, a complimentary lunch for servicemen and, with respect for the military, a commander in chief’s reason for attendance.

The five-star, year-round Greenbrier, owned by the state’s Gov. Jim Justice, has a patriotic background. Seventy staffers served in uniform. Twenty-seven US presidents have visited. In WWII, it doubled as an Army hospital. The assessment is 1,000 government officials could survive a nuclear apocalypse in its fully operational secret fallout shelter facilities.

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