Golf History

Golf History at The Greenbrier

Golf is a gentlemen's game. Few gentlemen played it better than Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. These greats of the game are also legendary contributors to the history of golf at The Greenbrier. Sam Snead established The Greenbrier as the world's foremost golf destination. Jack Nicklaus put golf front and center when he redesigned The Greenbrier Course for the Ryder Cup. Tom Fazio created an award-winning golf challenge for the private residential community The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

Since 1910, golf has been synonymous with The Greenbrier. With five championship courses and The Greenbrier Faldo Golf Center, 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 in 1913. The course was recently restored as part of a four-year project to return to its original design.

The Greenbrier course was built in 1924 and renovated in 1977 by Jack Nicklaus. In 1979, The Greenbrier course hosted The Ryder Cup, and in 1994 was the host to The Solheim Cup. The Meadows, formerly known as The Lakeside, reopened in 1999 after a complete course redesign by Robert Cupp. Also in 1994, The Greenbrier named Sam Snead as the resort's Golf Professional Emeritus, a position he held until his death in 2002. The Snead Course, designed by Tom Fazio and named in honor of the legendary golfer, was opened in 2004. From 2005 to 2015, Tom Watson served as The Greenbrier's second Golf Professional Emeritus. In 2015, The Greenbrier welcomed six-time major winner Lee Trevino as the current Golf Professional Emeritus.


At the heart of all our courses is The Greenbrier Golf Club.  Here we feature an award-winning pro shop, a full fleet of golf carts, and experienced caddies.  We also offer fine dining at Sam Snead's at The Golf Club, and refreshments and good times at Slammin' Sammy's.

The Greenbrier is a place nearly as old as American golf itself.  It's more than a game here-it's our heritage. The Golf Club prominently features Snead and Watson memorabilia throughout and the Sam Snead Festival is an anticipated annual event.

The Greenbrier hosts The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR FedExCup event, on our most famous course, The Old White TPC. In the inaugural tournament, Stuart Appleby finished with a record 59 in the final round, besting Sam Snead's previous record of 60. The Greenbrier Classic continues to be a spectacular event combining great golf and incredible concerts each summer.

In 2013, The Greenbrier added Oakhurst Links, a unique course built in 1884, to its golf offerings. Instead of conventional golf clubs, players use hickory-shafted clubs and hit gutta-percha balls the same way it was done more than 130 years ago!

When it comes to great golf, history will always repeat itself at The Greenbrier. Whether you are looking for a course to develop your drives, sharpen your shots, or perfect your putts, you will find your own sweet spot at The Greenbrier--where experiences are timeless and memories last forever.

CALL 855-453-4858 (option 1) TO SCHEDULE YOUR TEE TIME!