Celebrating America’s Birthday at “America’s Resort” might just top every summer vacation to date. Spanning seven days over the July 4th holiday, 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.
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, Patron’s Park and the Ford Vehicle Giveaway. 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 nationally broadcast event.
There’s no time like the present to start planning your visit. Badges comes with full tournament access all seven days and complimentary parking. Depending on how close you want to be to the action, weekly badges are available at three levels -- $49 for a grounds badge (kids 12 and under free), $249 for the Stars and Stripes Outpost badge and $5,000 for special access to The Greenbrier Clubhouse that includes a stellar view of the 18th green, air conditioning, restroom facilities, flat screen televisions, and complimentary food and beverage services.
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