Belmont celebrates PGA championship

Fred Jeter | 5/30/2024, 6 p.m.
It’s time for golfers to turn back the calendar … way back.

It’s time for golfers to turn back the calendar … way back.

Enthusiasts now have a chance to play the same course that was once the mecca of the sport. Furthermore, they will be able to use the same equipment as in yesteryear.

On May 30 and 31, Belmont Golf Course and First Tee of Greater Richmond will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the PGA Championship played there in Northern Henrico County.

Back on May 31, 1949, Virginian Sam Snead won the PGA Championship at what was then called Hermitage Country Club. Hermitage later became Belmont in the 1970s and in

2020 it partnered with First Tee, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve children’s lives and social skills through golf lessons.

The diamond anniversary festivities will tee off May 30 with a $19.49 entry fee.

On Friday, May 31, the format will be a four-person scramble for $250 for a foursome and $65 for free agents who management will attempt to pair with other free agents.

The fee will include 1940-era clubs and balls and a cart for the 12-hole course. Awards will be given for lowest scores and best dressed, in 1940’s style togs.

At 4:30 p.m., May 31, youngsters will be able to play a free-of-charge round on “Little Bell,” the club’s par-three, six-hole course.

To enter visit playbelmontrva.org.