WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- It takes months of planning and construction to put together all the facilities used during the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament.
While the tents, skyboxes and media facilities are a must during tournament week, once the trophy is presented, those essentials become nothing but clutter on Jim Justice's resort lawn.
Assistant Tournament Director Ernest Saeger has been with The Greenbrier Classic since the very beginning.
He said the two months leading up to the tournament are a flurry of construction activity. It's exciting, he said, because you can watch everything come together right in time for tournament week.
The morning after the tournament is over, though, is a different story.
"The final putt drops on Sunday and all of a sudden Monday morning it's just like dropping off a cliff," Saegar said. "During the build you have something to look forward to, then all of a sudden it's over."
That's when the hundreds of volunteers, vendors, Greenbrier employees and tournament staff go from construction to cleanup.
Saegar said it takes workers about 20 to 30 days to make the resort and Old White TPC golf course look like they did before tournament setup began.
"They're long days," he said.
The first ones to erase their presence are the CBS Sports and Golf Channel Broadcast crews.
"They're the last ones in and the first ones out," Saegar said.
While people like Saegar spend all year focusing on the Greenbrier Classic, for the TV crews, it's just another stop on a seemingly unending series of sporting events. They have become experts on quickly getting into and out of venues.
"They really are a traveling circus," Saegar said. "They go from event to event and they have to get it out of here so they can get it to the next event they go to.
"They showed up last Thursday (before the tournament) and their entire compound will be gone by Monday afternoon," he said last week.