It’s Official: The Greenbrier is part of the 2010 tour schedule
After last week’s final tour stop in Michigan, many wondered aloud if the PGA would come up with a new sponsor and course to keep the event in state for the coming years. While today’s new might not be the final nail in Michigan’s coffin, it did go a long way to shedding some light on where the tour hopes to go in the near future.
The Buick Open’s spot on the tour schedule went from being “TBD” to the home of a soon-to-be sponsored event at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. The event will be played in the old Buick Open slot (July 26-Aug. 1) on the resort’s Old White Course.
The Greenbrier, a throwback retreat that was at one time near extinction, is now on the verge of a major comeback thanks in large part to Jim Justice, the new owner, who paid $30 million to save the iconic American resort.
“It is a reality now,” Justice said. “But we continue to work through the details.”
So far the details look pretty good. The event will be played two weeks prior to the PGA Championship, and given the resort’s history, there’s a good chance it could play host to some of the best players in the world for one week.
The course that was home to Sam Snead, the 1979 Ryder Cup, and the 1994 Solheim Cup is once again back on the golf map. But while it may be easy to cheer new blood coming onto the tour schedule, you still have to feel for the state of Michigan — a state that gave the PGA Tour 51 straight years of service.
Welcome to the big show, Greenbrier. We hope you live up to your billing as a great tour host and venue for the long haul.