Posts Tagged ‘The Barclays’

Grandstands. Massive hospitality tents. It’s all being setup at Bethpage Black in preparation for the Barclays Tournament coming in August.

***DISCLAIMER***: For some reason or other, the videos won’t embed on the site, so just click on the links to view ’em.

Here’s a quick vid of the uber-awesome 17th, where it appears they’re building a replica of Citi Field.

And here’s a view from 18, where they’re constructing New Yankee Stadium II.

**Videos were taken on July 12, 2012.

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If you’ve played the Black the last few weeks, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few changes here and there.

Forget about the reconstructed greens (the ones that were killed during the extreme temps in the summer), I’m talking about additions.

One of my spies at Bethpage (it’s looper Johnny Gozo if you really want to know) has been tweeting me photos of some unfamiliar terrain.  Most notably, these:

New tee box on the Par 5 13th. This hole is a monster from the tip. Addition will create a for fairly easier setup.

New putting green being constructed adjacent to the 9th green. I assume it's for golfers to warm up on.

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The par-5 4th hole at Bethpage Black.

Well, it’s not a U.S. Open but it’s better than nothin’.

The PGA Tour announced today that it will take the first stop of the FedExCup Playoffs to famed Bethpage Black.

The Barclays, normally played at the end of August/early September has signed on to host the tournament through 2016, including stops at the Black next year and in 2016.

In recent years, the Barclays has held the tournament at New Jersey venues including Liberty National (2009) and Ridgewood Country Club (2010).  This year, the tournament will be played at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.

“To bring The Barclays to Bethpage Black for the first time, and to return to Liberty National, Ridgewood, and Plainfield over the next five years guarantees world-class venues and competition for golf fans in the Tri-State area,” said Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of Barclays PLC.

Bethpage Black, designed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast, last hosted the U.S. Open in 2009; a rain-drenched, five-day tournament won by Lucas Glover.  It became the first publicly owned course to host the Open back in 2002, where Tiger Woods outlasted the likes of Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson to win his second national championship.

The next available U.S. Open date is 2020, but there’s no word if the USGA plans on returning to Bethpage.  But they did recently commit the 2018 Open to another classic Long Island course, Shinnecock Hills GC.

Below are the venues the Barclays will visit through 2016:

2012 – Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.

2013 — Liberty National, Jersey City, N.J.

2014 — Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.

2015 — Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.

2016 — Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.

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