Countdown To The Greenbrier Classic

Countdown To The Greenbrier Classic

There are 41 comments on the Big News Network.com story from Jun 25, 2012, titled Countdown To The Greenbrier Classic. In it, Big News Network.com reports that:

Greenbrier County is about to be showcased to a whole new world of vacationers. Estimates are next week's Greenbrier Classic drawn as many as 230,000 people into the Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs areas for the PGA TOUR event and the high profile concert series.

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Statistician

Lewisburg, WV

#1 Jun 26, 2012
230,000? Seems like a bit of a stretch. Exactly where are you going to PUT a quarter of a million people? Are they counting all residents of the surrounding counties as well? Who's making the "estimate"? JJ himself?

I'll believe this when I SEE it.
Par 4

Lewisburg, WV

#2 Jun 26, 2012
Their has always been a estimate "great crowd" at this thing. Its a boost in the local pockets, and JJ too..
Statistician

Lewisburg, WV

#3 Jun 28, 2012
Name the local pockets. The local businesses, the restaurants, the gift shops, the bars, etc. etc. have gotten squat the past two seasons because JJ controls the traffic flow. People park at the fairgrounds and are bussed to the Greenbrier grounds then bussed back. WSS gets especially screwed because nobody stays in WSS.
Check some facts and ask a few business owners who've been there before you make any assumptions about what a "boost" JJ's traveling circus is to the local economy.
Austro Eco

Charleston, WV

#4 Jun 28, 2012
Statistician wrote:
Name the local pockets. The local businesses, the restaurants, the gift shops, the bars, etc. etc. have gotten squat the past two seasons because JJ controls the traffic flow. People park at the fairgrounds and are bussed to the Greenbrier grounds then bussed back. WSS gets especially screwed because nobody stays in WSS.
Check some facts and ask a few business owners who've been there before you make any assumptions about what a "boost" JJ's traveling circus is to the local economy.
The economic boost actually comes after the Classic when all the employees receive their paychecks. It's sorta like rain, no immediate benefit but a harvest is to come. Get it?
Good

Pearisburg, VA

#5 Jun 28, 2012
Statistician wrote:
Name the local pockets. The local businesses, the restaurants, the gift shops, the bars, etc. etc. have gotten squat the past two seasons because JJ controls the traffic flow. People park at the fairgrounds and are bussed to the Greenbrier grounds then bussed back. WSS gets especially screwed because nobody stays in WSS.
Check some facts and ask a few business owners who've been there before you make any assumptions about what a "boost" JJ's traveling circus is to the local economy.
Try to get a hotel room in this area during the classic and see how that works out for you. Do you not think that people eat, get gas, go to the grocery stores ect during this tournament?
Hail to the Chief

Princeton, WV

#6 Jun 29, 2012
Do any of you people actually LIVE here?

If so, go to downtown WSS and Lewisburg and ask any business owner about the "huge boost" they get from the PGA. Who goes a tinker's damn if the Holiday Inn Express or Exxon get an uptick. They're multinational corporations and they don't spend money here either.

Also ask yourself, is this really any more business than we'd normally see during the 4th?

This thing has been sold since the get-go as a boon to the local economy and the past two years have shown that to be a hell of a lot less than accurate. The crowds' movements are tightly controlled and the money they spend goes into JJ's concessions - NOT the locals. Not the restaurants. Not the gift shops. Not the local attractions. That is a FACT. If it were otherwise, you'd see a whole hell of a lot more enthusiasm from the local business community. They'd be and rolling out the red carpet instead of having up a smattering of signs saying "Welcome Golfers".

Get off your butt and go see for yourself how many more people are in Food & Friends or Del Sol or the 50 East or The Mason Jar next week. See how many people are visiting the downtown shops and walking out with purchases. See for yourself and stop taking JJ's BS press releases at face value.
Chuck

Cave Springs, AR

#7 Jun 29, 2012
Hail to the Chief wrote:
Do any of you people actually LIVE here?
If so, go to downtown WSS and Lewisburg and ask any business owner about the "huge boost" they get from the PGA. Who goes a tinker's damn if the Holiday Inn Express or Exxon get an uptick. They're multinational corporations and they don't spend money here either.
Also ask yourself, is this really any more business than we'd normally see during the 4th?
This thing has been sold since the get-go as a boon to the local economy and the past two years have shown that to be a hell of a lot less than accurate. The crowds' movements are tightly controlled and the money they spend goes into JJ's concessions - NOT the locals. Not the restaurants. Not the gift shops. Not the local attractions. That is a FACT. If it were otherwise, you'd see a whole hell of a lot more enthusiasm from the local business community. They'd be and rolling out the red carpet instead of having up a smattering of signs saying "Welcome Golfers".
Get off your butt and go see for yourself how many more people are in Food & Friends or Del Sol or the 50 East or The Mason Jar next week. See how many people are visiting the downtown shops and walking out with purchases. See for yourself and stop taking JJ's BS press releases at face value.
Rte.60 rocks that week!
huh

Princeton, WV

#8 Jun 30, 2012
Well now they are saying more storms so if get one every day they won't be having any golf. Also God is in charge of weather not the Greenbrier.
Howard Stern

United States

#9 Jun 30, 2012
huh wrote:
Well now they are saying more storms so if get one every day they won't be having any golf. Also God is in charge of weather not the Greenbrier.
JJ called God and after some negotiations, God has agreed to slow things down a bit in the weather department for tournament week.
cawk a doodle poo

United States

#10 Jun 30, 2012
They have all you guys fooled, there is no god only santa and the easter bunny, bawk, bawk!
pedro for president

United States

#11 Jun 30, 2012
Statistician wrote:
Name the local pockets. The local businesses, the restaurants, the gift shops, the bars, etc. etc. have gotten squat the past two seasons because JJ controls the traffic flow. People park at the fairgrounds and are bussed to the Greenbrier grounds then bussed back. WSS gets especially screwed because nobody stays in WSS.
Check some facts and ask a few business owners who've been there before you make any assumptions about what a "boost" JJ's traveling circus is to the local economy.
Whitesulphur sucks donkey balls if it wasn't for bigdaddy jim it would be a crap hole like roncevert.
stormy

Parkersburg, WV

#12 Jul 1, 2012
The electric is off in nearly half of WV. People are losing everything in freezers. others need oxygen but power trucks from surrounding counties are being diverted to Greenbrier County so the the games can begin!
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ggirl

United States

#14 Jul 1, 2012
We have no power n wss either so I dont see how the classic can go on.
lol

Washington, DC

#15 Jul 1, 2012
Money from that golf gos into the wrong pockets you stupid little people lmfao
Villa Park

Covington, VA

#16 Jul 1, 2012
Last time I checked, you don't need electricity to play golf. The bad thing is the people who are coming into town and have nowhere to stay that has power. Except the Greenbrier of course
Shawn

United States

#17 Jul 1, 2012
Does downtown lewisburg have power, if not when is it coming back on
cawk in hand

United States

#18 Jul 1, 2012
Fawk the PGA!!!
HILLBILLY

United States

#19 Jul 1, 2012
Just ehat we all need more tourist using what little resources that are available while we wait for Big Daddy too finish playing. Heard the national guard helped clean the playpen. REAL NICE WE HILLBILLIES DON'T NEED NO POWER!!!!!!
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nuther hillbilly

United States

#22 Jul 1, 2012
If the gaurd was involed in cleaning up in the greenbrier someone better hang over that!!!
They should be out cleanig up the downed trees and taking meds to people in need, hauling water or better yet help get power to the sewage plant so they can keep the water on!!!
nuther hillbilly

United States

#23 Jul 1, 2012
Shawn wrote:
Does downtown lewisburg have power, if not when is it coming back on
No power but fairlea has theirs on from kmart to the top of ronceverte hill.
They be power at the fair grounds, it'll be lit up so no one will jack the stereo out of your beamer!

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