Spanning seven days in September, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, formerly The Greenbrier Classic, has drawn thousands of fans and hosted golf legends from around the globe -- Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth 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.
Based on previous years, tournament play often comes down to a photo finish. 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.
With 2016 canceled due to record flooding, 2017 was the year Xander Schauffele earned his first PGA Tour title. He birdied the final green, finishing 14 under and only one shot under runner-up, Robert Streb.
Last year's winner, Kevin Na, entered the final round one shot behind third-round co-leaders Harold Varner III and Kelly Kraft. He closed in, making birdies on five of the first nine holes. Heading into the turn with a four-stroke lead and two more birdies down the stretch, his position as victor was virtually inevitable. He completed the course 6-under-64 for a five-stroke lead, ending his seven-year dry spell and securing his position as tournament champion.
It's not just tournament coverage that keeps golf fans coming back. The week is chock full of activities for the whole family including the Kid’s Zone, Patriot's Park and a military flyover. The event also includes a Pro-Am 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 one 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 national event.
There’s no time like the present to start planning your visit. Depending on how close you want to be to the action, daily ground tickets are available for $40 each (kids under 18 are free) and $125 for a week-long pass. Upgrade to an Eisenhower Club badge starting at $500. It includes access to the premium tent, air conditioning, restroom facilities, flat screen televisions and complimentary food and beverage services. At $3,000, you are watching in luxurious comfort. Enjoy the view of the 18th green as well as premium services from The Greenbrier Clubhouse and Slammin' Sammy's.