Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will be playing in this year’s Greenbrier Classic, joining a strong field for the PGA TOUR event set for July 2-8. Tiger definitely brings an added layer of excitement to the popular event that won “Best in Class” from the PGA TOUR in 2011 and looks to continue that trend this year with another impressive field of players and concert lineups, including Toby Keith, Lionel Richie, The Fray, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi.
Already committed to play in this year’s Greenbrier Classic are Phil Mickelson, who failed to make the cut last year and is looking for a little revenge on the Old White TPC course, Tom Watson, the resort’s pro emeritus, Sergio Garcia, Kenny Perry, returning champs Stuart Appleby and Scott Stallings, and a host of other players looking to take home part of the tournament’s $6.1 million purse.
While Tiger has struggled recently on the TOUR, the 72-time event winner still commands enormous crowds and ticket sales are already heating up. His presence alone is a huge coup for the Greenbrier Classic, in only its third year, and is one of only three new tournaments Tiger has added to his schedule in the past year.
With the Greenbrier Classic quickly becoming a favorite stop for TOUR players, you can expect the field and excitement to build until Thursday morning’s tee-off. With badges starting at only $189 for the entire week and free access to all of the Concert Series.
Members of the Greenbrier Sporting Club will have the luxury of being within walking distance of this exciting event in addition to having access to The Greenbrier resort’s amenities, including fine dining, a five-star spa, designer boutiques, indoor pool, casino, ballrooms, and four of the best golf courses in West Virginia.
The annual Sam Snead Festival will be held at The Greenbrier on May 20-22, 2012. This popular event honors the memory, achievements. and sportsmanship of golfing legend and professional Sam Snead who called The Greenbrier home for more than 60 years, acting as the resort’s golf professional emeritus up until his death in 2002.
The event originated in 1948 and has featured such golf greats as Ben Hogan, Bob Hope, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Originally called The Greenbrier Open, it became known as the Sam Snead Festival in 1957 after Sam won the open three years in a row. Events include a welcome reception, practice rounds, players’ reception, awards luncheon, and a gala to celebrate Sam’s 100th birthday.
The 36-hole, Pro-Am tournament will be played on two of The Greenbrier’s championship courses, The Greenbrier and The Old White TPC. Teams consist of a PGA or LPGA club or touring professional and four amateur players. The Greenbrier course was originally designed by Seth Raynor in 1924. In 1977, it was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus. Charles Blair Macdonald designed The Old White TPC course, which opened in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson was one of the first to play its large fairways and challenging greens.
Sam Snead was born in Ashwood, Virginia in 1912. Nicknamed “Slammin’ Sammy” because of his strong, lengthy drives, he was admired by many for his smooth swing. He and his trademark straw hat have graced several covers of Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.
The top golf player in the world for nearly four decades, Sam won a record 82 PGA Tour events and 70 others worldwide. His wins include three Masters, three PGA championships and one British Open. Sam is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Playing golf on The Snead Course is an exclusive benefit to members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Designed by Tom Fazio, this par 71 course opened in 2004. It features five sets of tees and a practice range that allows up to 30 golfers at a time. The course has target greens, simulated holes and a short game section with a fairway, green, and bunker shots.
The newly unveiled Windsor Club at The Greenbrier is a deluxe collection of premier accommodations including the most outstanding service and amenities in our history. This club isn’t for everyone. An entire wing of The Greenbrier is reserved solely for the enjoyment of our most selective guests. The Windsor Club is a secluded sanctuary of relaxation and luxury surrounded by the world-class excitement of The Greenbrier. Combining centuries of southern hospitality with supreme service and contemporary comforts, a new era of elegance awaits you at The Windsor Club.
Every detail sparkles in the crown jewel of America’s Resort. You’ll quickly realize why The Duke and Duchess were repeated guests to The Greenbrier. Reminiscent of things past but with thoroughly modern touches, a great feeling of luxury and comfort awaits you with modern amenities, designer décor, state-of-the art electronics, all presented in The Greenbrier tradition of exceptional quality. Privilege begins at once, with express check-in, and continues throughout your stay in The Windsor Club. Each of the 26 rooms has a distinctive personality and charm all its own. Even the ambiance is personalized according to your preferences. Smart Room Technology sets the scene for an unforgettable stay with customized temperature, illumination and sound synchronized to your expressed desires.
The moment you enter The Windsor Club, you’ll feel like a VIP. The elite wing of the resort is accessible by keycard only and the accommodations include exclusive upgrades such as private Concierge service, plush canopy beds with imported Italian linens, VIP turndown services, special in-room gifts and several rooms feature a gas fireplace. The Virginia Room is a private parlor with a lush, access-only garden and courtyard reserved exclusively for the pleasure of The Windsor Club guests. Sumptuous meals and snacks are served graciously throughout the day and evening in The Virginia Room. The stately lounge is furnished with specially selected antiquities collected over centuries and guests can relax and enjoy a wide selection of complementary beverages at the open bar any time, day or night.
Every generation has its legends at The Greenbrier. In a world-famous resort renowned for unsurpassed luxury, The Windsor Club is the pinnacle of panache. We invite you to experience the select services, privileges and benefits that celebrities, dignitaries and heads of state have enjoyed here for centuries.
For more information about The Windsor Club, visit The Greenbrier’s website here.
It’s hard to believe that construction on the Casino Club at The Greenbrier began only 10 months ago. Indeed, it’s a magnificent feat of construction. Photographer Mike Wyatt installed a time-lapse camera that captured the building process from the first shovel of dirt to the re-landscaping of the main entrance. Of particular interest in the below video, which squeezes the whole 10 months into a little over 3 minutes, are the massive snow storms we experienced in December of 2009 and January of 2010.
Some Raw Statistics of the construction of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier:
• There were 130,000 cubic yards of excavation with 18,000 cubic yards of dirt put back on the site
• Over 50,000 tons of stone were used
• Six tenths of a mile of cobblestone curbing were laid
• Over 70,000 brick pavers were used
• The project includes one mile of storm piping
• 17,060 Cubic yards of concrete were used (this is enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from The Greenbrier to Beckley)
• 980 tons of reinforcing steel were used
• 2,500 tons of structural steel were used in the project
• One mile of cast iron pipe, two miles of domestic water pipe and two miles of mechanical piping were used
• 65 miles of new fiber optic and copper data communication cables were installed.
• 92 tons of sheet metal were used
• 960 tons of cooling capacity was built
• 19 miles of conduit and 100 miles of wire were used
• 1.5 megawatts of power generation capability was built to handle emergency electrical needs
• Seven miles of crown molding are found throughout the project
On July 2nd the world will be introduced to the new standard in luxury gaming. The Casino Club at The Greenbrier will host its opening night festivities that evening – a black-tie affair that offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history, as it is made, at The Greenbrier.
The evening includes an intimate performance by the one and only Lionel Richie, a gourmet dinner that features the finest in American culinary arts, complimentary beverages and $300 in casino match play per person. Attendees will also receive a historic commemorative gift.
TICKET AND ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Attend this premiere red carpet event and enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations at The Greenbrier. Choose from the following packages:
$1,200 (includes 1 ticket + room)
Single occupancy. Includes 1 ticket.
$2,000 (includes 2 tickets + room)
Double occupancy. Includes 2 tickets.
$850 (1 ticket, no room)
Red Carpet Welcome
6 pm – 8 pm
Intimate Performance by Lionel Richie
8 pm – 9 pm
Call to Trumpets
Casino Club Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Greenbrier Waltz & Champagne Toast
Let the Games Begin!
10 pm – 4 am
For Room & Ticket information regarding the grand opening for the Casino Club at The Greenbrier, please call Janet Jarrell at 304-647-6440.
EXTEND THE CELEBRATION AT THE GREENBRIER
Kick off the party of the century early—or extend your fun afterward—with these special room rates at The Greenbrier.
July 1, 2010
Rooms starting at $249
July 3 –4, 2010
$400 per night if you buy Grand Opening Tickets
Corie Lynch, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s winter intern, presents the third installment of her series of “Reasons I Love The Greenbrier…And So Should You.”
The first time I toured The Greenbrier’s bunker was in 1998, but I was 9 years old and Sesame Street was my favorite show. Needless to say, I didn’t exactly grasp the significance of the bunker and the depth (no pun intended) it added to The Greenbrier’s history. It was built in the 1950s as an emergency relocation center for the U.S. congress in the event of a national crisis. It was kept classified for more than 30 years, but now the vault door is open and the bunker makes a great tour. The other day I took the 90 minute tour with a lovely couple from New England and was surprised at how much I didn’t know about the bunker. For example, it cost $14 million to build, and some places are 60 feet below the ground. President Eisenhower even scheduled visits to The Greenbrier to secretly talk about the production of the bunker. And all this time I thought President Eisenhower simply enjoyed relaxing by the mountains and playing a few rounds of golf. So, if you are looking for an interesting, 3-D history lesson, the bunker tour is the place to get your fill. Why settle for reading about it when you can experience this national treasure yourself?