Celebrating America’s Birthday at “America’s Resort” might just top every summer vacation to date. Spanning seven days over the July 4th holiday, The Greenbrier Classic has hosted golf legends from around the globe -- Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson -- to name a few.
When the PGA TOUR replaced the Buick Open with The Greenbrier Classic in 2010, it was not without the persistence of Greenbrier owner, Jim Justice. A collegiate golfer himself, Justice’s love of the game, coupled with his determination to bring new exposure to America’s Resort, resulted in a long-term contract with the TOUR.
This popular stop on the PGA TOUR is played on The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC. Originally designed in 1914, the links were remodeled in 2017 due to catastrophic flooding the previous summer. The new course, a Par 70, features generous fairways and challenging putting greens. Expect to see all sorts of drama unfold as 156 rising stars and long-time professionals confront the demands of this state-of-the-art course.
“ The Greenbrier Classic has hosted golf legends from around the globe ”
Based on previous years, tournament play often comes down to a photo finish. Most recently in 2015, Danny Lee emerged from a dramatic four-person playoff to claim his first PGA TOUR victory. The South Korean-born New Zealander played his way into the sudden death playoff with a final round 3-under-par 67. Lee and David Hearn then birdied the first playoff hole to eliminate Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner, who both missed the green on the par 3, 18th hole. Lee then two-putted the second playoff hole, the par 5, 17th, to seal the victory after a bogey by Hearn.
Of course, tournament coverage isn’t the only event that keeps golf fans coming back. The week is chock full of activities for the whole family including 5K & 10K runs, Tuesday’s Youth Day, the Kid’s Zone & Patron’s Park which are open daily. The event also includes a Pro-Am, youth clinics and professional practice rounds. It’s a more casual atmosphere the first few days, giving spectators a chance to be up-close and personal with the players. Who knows, you might get to meet your favorite golfer and garner a highly-coveted autograph or “selfie!”
Over two thousand volunteers help make the event a success. Working as information ambassadors, caddies, walking scorers and fulfilling a multitude of other duties, the volunteers are comprised of local residents as well as visitors from across the nation. They share a common love of golf and a keen desire to be a part of this nationally broadcast event.
There’s no time like the present to start planning your visit to The Greenbrier Classic. There’s no charge for spectator ground badges, but tickets are required to gain access. Other premium badge options are available for those wanting additional access amenities.