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September 9-15, 2019

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Greenbrier Golf History

The Game’s Greatest


From Hogan to Palmer and from Woods to Mickelson, most of golf’s greatest players have walked the lush fairways at The Greenbrier. 

59c.jpgThe name most connected with golf at America’s Resort™ is the PGA TOUR’s all-time wins leader, Sam Snead. The Virginia native was first hired as the Assistant Golf Professional at The Greenbrier in 1936. He then served as the Golf Professional from 1946 through 1974. Snead was rehired as the Golf Professional Emeritus in 1993 and remained in that position until his death in 2002. Snead’s pictures and memorabilia are prominently displayed throughout The Golf Club, and two restaurants, Sam Snead’s at The Golf Club and Slammin’ Sammy’s are named in his honor.

Two other golfing legends followed in Snead’s footsteps and held the Golf Professional Emeritus tag at The Greenbrier. Tom Watson held the position from 2005 through 2015, and Lee Trevino was the Golf Professional Emeritus from 2015 through 2017.

Current stars of the game also hold a close connection to The Greenbrier, some of them even calling America’s Resort™ home, as members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. It’s not just stars of the game of golf that play The Old White TPC, either. The course has hosted celebrities from all avenues, including Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Lou Gehrig, Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, Jerry West, Bing Crosby, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Fitzgerald, Denny Hamlin, Drew Brees and many others.

The Biggest Events

The Greenbrier is no stranger to major events in the world of golf. The Greenbrier Open, which later became The Sam Snead Festival, was the first professional event played at The Greenbrier and hosted many of the game’s biggest legends. Arnold Palmer won his first professional money in that tournament in 1955.

Ryder-Cup-victorious-Americans-1979-(1).jpgIn 1979, The Greenbrier was the host to the first Ryder Cup that matched the United States against Europe. That marked Lee Trevino’s first visit to America’s Resort.

From 1985 through 1987, The Greenbrier hosted The Greenbrier American Express Championship, a 54-hole Senior Tour event.

In 1994, The Greenbrier played host to the Solheim Cup, the women’s version of the Ryder Cup, becoming the first resort course to host both the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup.

Since 2010, The Old White TPC Course has hosted A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.


 
 


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