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Greenbrier Fun Facts

Published On: Jun 19 2013 10:28:50 AM EDT

Did you know?

- Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher honeymooned at The Greenbrier in 1955.
- Princess Grace and Prince Rainier visited The Greenbrier with their children in 1963.
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower with a bronze casting of his bust in The Greenbrier’s North Parlor in 1945.
- The story of The Greenbrier begins at the sulphur water spring that remains the center of the resort property. Since 1778, people have come to "take the waters" to restore their health.
- The Greenbrier was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
- Only two times in The Greenbrier’s long history has it closed to the public: for a short time during the Civil War and then again during World War II.
- West Virginia native Jim Justice purchased The Greenbrier in May 2009.
- For three days in May 1992 newspapers and television networks reported the astonishing news that a secret wartime bunker for Congress was at The Greenbrier.
- The official opening of Sam Snead’s at the Golf Club occurred at a party celebrating Sam’s 85th birthday.
- The Greenbrier was owned by the CSX Corporation until May 2009. Through its predecessor companies the Chessie System and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway the railroad had owned the resort for 99 years.
- Jack Nicklaus completely redesigned The Greenbrier Course for championship play in the late 1970s.
- A piece of Camelot at The Greenbrier: Joseph and Rose Kennedy honeymooned at the resort in 1914.
- The Greenbrier has hosted 26 presidents.
- The original hotel was built at The Greenbrier in 1858. It was torn down in 1922, several years after the addition of the current building.
- The Greenbrier was the site of the first Ryder Cup in 1979.
- More recently, The Greenbrier hosted the 1994 Solheim Cup, the women’s equivalent to the Ryder Cup. This made The Greenbrier the first of only two locations to have hosted both the Ryder and Solheim Cups.
- The Greenbrier hosted the first Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour in 2010.
-More than any other individual Sam Snead established The Greenbrier's reputation as one of the world's foremost golf destinations. In later years, he was named Golf Pro Emeritus, a position he held until his death on May 23, 2002.