Golf History

Golf History at The Greenbrier

Since 1910, golf has been synonymous with The Greenbrier. With five championship courses and The Greenbrier Golf Academy, America's Resort is unmatched in its dedication to golfers and the sport. Our first 18-hole course, The Old White TPC, was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and his associate Seth Raynor and opened for play in 1914. After nearly 100 years of continuous play the golf course underwent a significant restoration in the mid 2000s in an effort to return it to it's original routing. After being badly damaged in the flood of 2016 the course has once again been rebulit by renowned architect Keith Foster and was reintroduced to the world at The 2017 Greenbrier Classic. 

The Greenbrier course was built in 1924 by Seth Raynor and renovated in 1977 by Jack Nicklaus. In 1979, it hosted The Ryder Cup and years later in 1994 was the host to The Solheim Cup. It is the only resort course in the world to have hosted both events. The Greenbrier is currently closed to allow The Greenbrier's PGA TOUR Ambassador Phil Mickelson to redesign the course.

The Meadows, originally a 9-hole course known as The Lakeside, was expanded to an 18 hole routing in 1962 by Dick Wilson. In 1999 the course was once again redesigned by Bob Cupp, at which point it officially became The Meadows. After sustaining heavy damage in the flood of 2016, a Grand Opening was held on September 6, 2017 to reintroduce the rebuilt and dramatically improved golf course.  

The Greenbrier has been fortunate to have been home to some of the greats in the game of golf. None have been more closely associated or influential as the three men who've served as the resort's Golf Professional Emeritus'- Sam Snead, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Sam Snead, who was The Greenbrier's Golf Professional for many years, returned in 1994 to become the Professional Emeritus, a position he would hold until his death in 2002. From 2005 through 2015 Tom Watson held the prestigious position and from 2015 through 2017, Lee Trevino spent his summers at The Greenbrier bringing joy to thousands of golfers every year. 


At the heart of all our courses is The Greenbrier Golf Club.  Here we feature an award-winning pro shop, full practice facility, experienced caddies and a staff ready to deliver world class service. We offer fine dining at Sam Snead's at The Golf Club, as well as refreshments and good times at Slammin' Sammy's. 

Since 2010 The Greenbrier has hosted The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR FedExCup event, on The Old White TPC. In the inaugural tournament, Stuart Appleby finished with a course record 59 in the final round to win. The Greenbrier Classic continues to be a spectacular event combining great golf and incredible concerts each summer. After being cancelled in 2016 due to a historic flood the event returned bigger and better than ever in July 2017. 

As has been the case for the past 100 years, The Greenbrier is a must visit destination for golfers of all skill levels. Our combination of breathtaking scenery, championship golf courses and world class service makes The Greenbrier the perfect location for you to make your own history. 

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