Sam Snead first came to The Greenbrier in 1936, and his name has been synonymous with this wonderful resort ever since. Today, the Sam Snead Festival (a 36-hole, Pro-Am golf tournament) is held each spring to honor his legacy, and his memorabilia is prominently on display at The Golf Club and its two dining venues - Sam Snead's at The Golf Club and Slammin' Sammy's.
During his career "The Slammer" won a total of 185 tournaments worldwide and a PGA TOUR record 82 championships. Sam played on ten Ryder Cup Teams and was the Captain four times. He was on four World Cup Teams and was the first pro in history to shoot a 59, which was on The Greenbrier Course in 1959.
During Sam's prime on tour, he could average 320 yard drives, using the equipment of his era - hence the name "Slammin' Sammy." During Sam's years at The Greenbrier, he shot 60 six times on The Old White TPC and three-putted Hole 18 each time.
Sam was the oldest PGA TOUR player to win an event, which was The Greater Greensboro Open, his eighth time to win that tournament. He had 42 holes-in-one with every club in the bag, except the putter. In 1986, The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR named Sam the greatest golfer of all time. Everyone agrees that Sam had the smoothest and most powerful swing of all time. There will never be another Slammin' Sammy Snead!
Click here to watch a video about Snead's career and his legacy at The Greenbrier.