The Greenbrier casino will feature 320 slot machines and 38 table games

Work has begun in West Virginia on a casino at a venerable resort and country club called The Greenbrier.

West Virginian Jim Justice, a coal and agriculture tycoon who bought the property out of bankruptcy in May for $20.1 million, said he wants the casino up and running by April 1, 2010.

“It will be a truly spectacular facility, very elegant and unlike anything anyone has seen before,” he said.

The interior will cover about 80,000 square feet, including the gambling floor and retail and dining areas. The casino will feature 320 slot machines and 38 table games.

A smaller temporary casino will begin operating October 1.

The Greenbrier, occupying 6,500 acres in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, dates back to the 18th century and is a National Historic Landmark. The resort features three championship golf courses, gourmet dining, a 40,000-square-foot spa and luxury residences known as The Greenbrier Sporting Club.