The annual Sam Snead Festival will be held at The Greenbrier resort 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, Greenbrier’s luxury residential community offering real estate in West Virginia. 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 Greenbrier resort has been the historic hangout of presidents, dignitaries and notables from around the world. Dating to 1778, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark in the middle of the Allegheny Mountains of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The luxury resort offers fine dining, a five-star spa, designer boutiques, indoor pool, casino, ballrooms and four of the best golf courses in West Virginia.
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