Greenbrier Resort owner, Jim Justice, announced in the Spring that the 2016 Greenbrier Classic would offer free admission to the public for the first time. Also new this year, Habibi Mamone has taken over as Tournament Director for the Classic. She says the priority for this year’s event will be creating a family atmosphere.
“So, when Mr. Justice announced it was free admission, our tickets have tripled,” said Mamone at the tournament’s Media Day on Monday. “So, we’ve had to increase our volunteer count to 2,000 this year to offset that. So, yeah, it is going to be challenging, but it’s going to be fun.”
This will be the first time in FedEx Cup history that a PGA Tour event offers free admission and because of that ticket prices for the Classic are climbing rapidly. With more fans on the grounds of the Old White TPC, the Greenbrier Classic intends to cater more to the youth and increasing the popularity of the game of golf for the young fans.
“The big emphasis this year is going to be on the youth and family,” said Mamone. “So… Lee Trevino is going to be doing an instructional camp every day for the kids. We’ve got a lot of giveaways – TaylorMade is going to be giving away some golf sets to the youth each day… So there’s just going to be a lot of emphasis on the youth this year.”
The fans have had mixed reactions about the Greenbrier’s decision, but one local junior golfer says a free PGA event could really help get kids more interested in taking up one of America’s oldest sports.
“This year, with it being free, everybody’s going to be able to come and more kids are going to be able to experience that and realize the true meaning of golf,” said Woodrow Wilson High School golfer, Isaiah Zaccheo. “And it also would help them… It could allow them to look at the right form. That’s actually how I started. I watched on TV everyday and would use the remote and imitate the Pros’ swings.”
To reserve your ticket for this year’s Greenbrier Classic head over to http://www.greenbrierclassic.com/. You can also sign up to be a volunteer and have an opportunity to get under the ropes and experience the PGA Tour like you never thought possible.