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Monday, August 10, 2009

PGA signs up to play Classic at a classic

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    What a wild year for the Greenbrier, the legendary resort in the West Virginia mountains; first a declaration of bankruptcy, then a sale to a family corporation named Justice that had previously purchased the adjacent resort, and now a full-fledged PGA Tour event beginning next year.  The new owners have announced and begun construction of an underground casino at the resort and plan to add new restaurants and other amenities to make both the resort and The Sporting Club even more attractive.

    If you missed the news last week, The Greenbrier Classic will debut in

Doing good while living well is a nice combination.

July 2010 on the vaunted Old White course, site of past Solheim and Ryder Cup matches.  Competitors at The Classic will be vying for FedEx Cup points as well as a healthy winner's payout.  It will be interesting to see how the pros handle the tight, relatively short West Virginia mountain course, which will play to a par 70.
    The 6,500-acre Greenbrier Sporting Club, already a pricey vacation and permanent home location for well-resourced mountain-golf lovers, could raise its real estate prices in the wake of the news.  Many private club members like the validation a PGA Tour event provides for their home club, and it also gives them a week in which to volunteer their services for the benefit of local charities (and, potentially, to host some of the less successful PGA tour players at their homes).  Doing good while living well is a nice combination.
    For those interested, homes at Greenbrier begin in high six-figure territory and run well into seven figures.  Golf club membership, which is mandatory at the time you purchase your property, is $140,000, refundable at 80% of the prevailing level of inititation fees when you resign).  Dues are $12,000 annually for the run of amenities, including The Snead Course, designed by Tom Fazio (members also have access to the famed resort courses).  The Snead is named for longtime Greenbrier pro, the late Sam Snead; the course's 150-yard markers are posts with the trademark Snead fedora on top of them.  Slammin' Sammy is a legend in the mountains of West Virginia, and so too is the Greenbrier.

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