Report: Trump Ferry Point Lands Barclays
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/20/14
For only the third time, the New York City-area's annual PGA Tour stop, currently known as The Barclays, will be played at a public course. The FedExCup playoff event will be held at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, in the Bronx. That course is scheduled to open in 2015; The Barclays will reportedly be played there in 2017 and 2020.
Before 1990, the tournament was best known as the Westchester Classic (with various title sponsors) and, until 2007, it was always played at Westchester Country Club. Only four other courses have hosted The Barclays; the only public-access venue has been the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island in 2012 (Nick Watney) and coming up in 2016.
The other three are very exclusive and private country clubs: Liberty National, Plainfield, and Ridgewood — all in New Jersey.
If you missed our report on Ferry Point last fall, this remarkable "faux-links" course was built over a former landfill just east of the Whitestone Bridge. The original design credit goes to Jack Nicklaus, but Florida-based architect John S. Sanford, Jr. was brought on-board to do much of the reclamation work. It was Sanford who expertly turned two old Boston-area dumps and piles of excavated material from the Big Dig into Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Nobody from the USGA is saying anything about a major amateur event, or even a U.S. Open, at Ferry Point — yet, but USGA Executive Director Mike Davis has already visited Ferry Point twice. The logical guess is that the USGA will see how well The Barclays goes in 2017 and 2020 before bringing one of the 13 USGA championships there.
Donald Trump is obviously a polarizing figure, but every golf course project he has undertaken has met with critical success. Since Ferry Point will be a public-access course, we are sure that Trump will devote extra attention there, to make it stand among (and above, if possible) the most successful and attractive public courses elsewhere in the NYC metropolitan area.
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As a hardcore OG NYC golfer let me be the first to say who gives a crap. This is a horrible city and and an even worse place for anything golf-related.
If you think it's that horrible, just leave NYC and take your game elsewhere.
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