A prominent Long Island club has landed its first big-time professional golf championship. Glen Oaks Club, a 27-hole facility in Old Westbury, N.Y., will be home to the 2017 Barclays, the first of that season’s PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff events, a club official told Golfweek on Tuesday. The PGA Tour event is slated for Aug. 24-27.
Jeffrey S. Riegler, Glen Oaks Club’s general manager, confirmed that “a contract is being negotiated” with the PGA Tour. “In contract negotiations,” he said, “it’s a process that takes some time.”
The development ends speculation that the PGA Tour was seriously considering holding the event at a newly opened daily-fee municipal facility in the Bronx, N.Y., Trump Golf Links Ferry Point.
Glen Oaks, a 1971 design by Joe Lee, recently has undertaken a complete renovation overseen by architect Joel Weiman of the McDonald & Sons Design Group that did the construction work. Glen Oaks superintendent Craig Currier previously was responsible for preparing and maintaining Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in nearby Farmingdale, which played host to the 2002 and ’09 U.S. Opens.
The Barclays has made a tradition of moving around among prominent facilities in metropolitan New York. This year’s event will be held at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J. Next year’s Barclays is slated for Bethpage Black. The 2017 Barclays originally was scheduled for Liberty National. But with that club committed to the 2017 Presidents Cup in late September, it became necessary to move The Barclays.
When asked about the decision, Brian Goin, the PGA Tour’s senior vice president and chief of operations championship management, said: “We play the Presidents Cup in the city in ’17, so Ferry Point was not a great option. Building on two years on Long Island with sponsors and volunteers makes a lot of sense. Glen Oaks has gone through a lot of transition the past several years and is a great championship property.”