From Hogan to Palmer and from Woods to Mickelson, most of golf’s greatest players have walked the lush fairways at The Greenbrier. But the name most connected with golf at The Greenbrier is the PGA Tour’s all-time wins leader, Sam Snead.
A Virginia native, Snead was first hired as the Assistant Golf Professional at The Greenbrier in 1936 before serving as our resort’s Golf Professional from 1946 through 1974. He was rehired as the Golf Professional Emeritus in 1993 and remained in that position until his death in 2002. Snead’s pictures and memorabilia are prominently displayed throughout The Golf Club, where its two restaurants — Sam Snead’s at The Golf Club and Slammin’ Sammy’s — are named in his honor. Since then, two other golfing legends followed in Snead’s footsteps and held the Golf Professional Emeritus tag at The Greenbrier. Tom Watson held the position from 2005 through 2015, and Lee Trevino was the Golf Professional Emeritus from 2015 through 2017.
Current stars of the game also hold a close connection to The Greenbrier. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is a regular visitor and a fantastic ambassador for our resort. Stuart Appleby — a nine-time PGA TOUR winner who captured The Greenbrier Classic title in its inaugural year in 2010 — also serves as a spokesperson for golf at The Greenbrier.
In addition to these close ties, The Greenbrier has played host to other greats of the game on multiple occasions. Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Nick Faldo, Bill Campbell, and many others have played rounds at our resort. During the course of The Greenbrier Classic/A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier from 2010 through 2019, many of the game’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, and Jordan Spieth have also graced our hallowed fairways. LIV Golf brought professional golf back to the Old White in 2023, and with it came new stars like Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell, and Cameron Smith
It’s not just stars of the game of golf that play The Old White, either. The course has hosted celebrities and politicians from all avenues, including Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope, Lou Gehrig, Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, Jerry West, Bing Crosby, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Fitzgerald, Denny Hamlin, Drew Brees, and many others.