Belmont to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of PGA Championship

RICHMOND, Va. (May 21, 2024) – Seventy-five years to the day that Sam Snead collected the 1949 PGA Championship title at then-Hermitage Country Club, Belmont will celebrate the diamond anniversary of that win, hosting a throwback event in the afternoon of May 31.

The 1949 PGA Championship remains the only men’s major championship played in the state of Virginia, with Snead defeating Johnny Palmer, 3&2, in the 36-hole match play final. The victory gave Snead, a Virginia native, the first two legs of the Grand Slam following his Masters win in April.

The 75th anniversary celebration will kick off on Thursday, May 30, with greens fees set at $19.49. The following day will see Belmont’s 75th Anniversary celebration giving players the opportunity to hit similar clubs as Snead and his fellow competitors did on the recently restored and renovated Belmont layout. The event will be played as a 4-man scramble, with each group having a set of 1940’s era clubs and balls. Awards will be given to the best-dressed golfers alongside the winning team.

From 4:30-7 p.m., youth will be able to play Little Bell – Belmont’s 6-hole par-3 course – free of charge, utilizing the 1940’s era clubs and balls. All youth playing Little Bell will receive a complimentary “Belmont 1949” ball, as well. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join their children on Little Bell but will not receive the retro clubs or balls while on the par 3 course.

In 2020, First Tee – Greater Richmond, in partnership with Love Golf Design, embarked on an ambitious reimagination of World Golf Hall of Fame architect A.W. Tillinghast’s 1917 design. The project converted the 18-hole course into a championship 12 holes, restoring Tillinghast’s vision and bringing back 10 of 12 original green complexes; created a six-hole par-3 course featuring Tillinghast template holes; an 18-hole putting course that measures the largest in the state, checking in at over 34,000-square feet; and a full practice facility that allows Belmont to host First Tee camps, programs and clinics, while also allowing the public to utilize both driving and short game ranges.

To learn more about the event and to sign up, click here.


About First Tee – Greater Richmond

First Tee – Greater Richmond is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through three major programming areas – First Tee Program, First Tee School Program, and Community Partnerships – First Tee – Greater Richmond reaches approximately 70,000 youth annually.