Country music stars, golf greats and more: 7 things to do at the Greenbrier Classic

The Greenbrier Classic is a world-class tournament for golf’s greats, but it’s also an event with plenty for everyone in the family to enjoy—even if you’re not an avid golf fan.

Here’s why everyone should head to the Greenbrier Classic:

1. A star-studded concert lineup

This year, the evening Concert Series at the Greenbrier Classic is a who’s who of country music:

  • 4-time Grammy winning mega-star Keith Urban, who’s cranked out hits for more than a decade
  • Platinum-selling powerhouse and Grammy Award winner Miranda Lambert
  • Grammy-winning The Band Perry, who have won the Country Music Association’s artist, single and song of the year
  • Blake Shelton, who shattered the record for consecutive No. 1 singles on the country charts

2. Win money (or a new car) just for attending

Want to win $100 or more, or a brand new Ford? Hole 18 is the place to be! Spectators will earn a cash payout for each hole-in-one. It’s also where you have the chance to win 4 new Ford vehicles. Just remember to register for the free drawings at hole 12!

WV Greenbrier golf tournament3. Free entry and entertainment for the kids

The kids will have their own place to play— and youth tickets are free! Take the little ones to the Kid Zone for crafts, face painting, snacks and mini golf. The Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Welcome Center will have sunglasses and other freebies for the whole family. Plus, it’s on the 17th green, so you’ll have a great view of the action. For Youth Day on Tuesday, there’s even a treasure hunt and a chance to meet surprise PGA Tour pros!

4. Explore the historic grounds of the Old White

One of only a few select “Tournament Players Club” courses, the Old White at The Greenbrier is built on more than 100 years of history and prestige. Legendary golfers like Arnold Palmer and prominent figures like President Woodrow Wilson have played the very course you’ll be standing on.

And there’s more to enjoy here than just the game. Head holeside to the Patron’s Park for an upscale lunch under the umbrellas, or relax at Pub 1829; with a cold beer. The Greenbrier specialty is a must-try: the fried green tomato sandwich.

5. Special access to the famous Greenbrier

The Greenbrier resort is a National Historic Landmark, world-renowned for its luxury and history. As a Greenbrier Classic visitor, you can explore areas usually restricted to guests only, like its sprawling casino and entertainment venue.

Other amenities are open to the public too: browse the resort’s collection of boutiques, artisan galleries, shops, fine restaurants and lounges. Explore the declassified government bunker that was once a secret shelter for Congress, or schedule unique activities like falconry.

6. More to see around town on your trip

Relax at the nearby Salt Cave and Spa, or head for an adventure at the Big Bend Recreational Area. The nearby town of Lewisburg was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” for its quirky shops and eclectic local restaurants. On Friday afternoon, explore all its charm and culture on the “Fridays After 5” gallery crawl.

For more suggestions about what to see, head to the WV Tourism booth, where you can grab a map and a guide and charge up your phone.

7. Catch history in the making

Even if you’re not a golfer, there’s something remarkable about watching history unfold. Golf may be a polite, calm game, but the stakes are high and the suspense keeps the competition gripping. Rising stars will be gunning for a chance at greatness against many of the game’s greatest living legends, including the most noted player for nearly 20 years, Tiger Woods.

What will you do on your getaway to the Greenbrier Classic?

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This post was last updated on July 17, 2020