Classic offering free admission, nixing concerts

The Greenbrier Classic announced the move to provide complimentary Grounds badges for all spectators who wish to attend any and all days of the PGA Tour FedExCup event, which will be held July 4-10 on the historic Old White TPC Course.
Fans must register online for their tickets and then donate a non-perishable food item at the event. All food will be donated to area food pantries, and the tickets can be picked up at will call.
Greenbrier owner and gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice announced the free admission this week, also announcing that the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series will not be held this year.
However, Greenbrier Classic insiders are touting the free admission and downplaying the lack of live music. In a press release, Classic officials indicated that the complimentary Grounds badges will do more than get fans through the gates. Once inside, they’ll have an opportunity to register for a vehicle giveaway and participate in the Hole-in-One Fan Jackpot on the 18th green, as well as other fan experiences. The badges will also provide access to The Greenbrier and the Casino Club.
Officials also say that free admission will provide youth with access to the professionals and expand their dreams of what golf can do for them. The tournament’s ongoing partnership with The First Tee of West Virginia and The First Tee of Roanoke Valley will be expanded, and hands-on instruction and junior fan experiences will be provided throughout the tournament week. Greenbrier Golf Professional Emeritus Lee Trevino will be among the top-notch instructors teaching the fundamentals of the game, a media release said.
Those who want to upgrade for a more exclusive experience can still find a way to stand out at the tournament. Springhouse and Snead Champions Club badges will be available. The new Springhouse badge will provide access to air-conditioned facilities and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the seven days and a complimentary lunch during tournament play Thursday through Sunday. The Snead Champions Club badge will provide fans with exclusive access to seating on the first team, premium dining, alcoholic beverages and more.
“We’re thrilled to open up the gates for every fan who wants to attend, but we also want to provide options for those who are looking for more,” said Monte Ortel, executive tournament director, The Greenbrier Classic. “Our various options provide something for every golf fan and every budget.”
Fans who have already purchased Benefactor badges will be automatically upgraded to Springhouse badges or have their money refunded at their choice.
“We’re less than two months away from the first tee shot, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ortel. “The player field is developing, and we can’t wait to celebrate America’s birthday at America’s Resort.”
Due to the overwhelming demand for the complimentary badges, please go online to reserve your tickets as soon as possible. The Greenbrier Classic will only be able to accommodate 32,000 badges per day.
For more information or to reserve your tournament badges, visit


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