This year, The Barclays PGA Tour returns to Long Island for the first time since Nick Watney took home the grand prize in 2012. The tournament will run from Thursday August 25th to Sunday August 28th at Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale. The PGA tour’s top-ranked golfers will converge for the prestigious tournament where there’s expected to be huge crowds of visitors from all around the world. The atmosphere at this tournament is consistently one of the very best in the entire sport.
What You Need to Know About The Barclays PGA Tour Event
The Tournament and the Field
Last year, current number one ranked player in the world, the Australian Jason Day, ran away with the tournament, winning by six strokes and taking home the coveted prize.
The Barclays is the first of four tournaments that comprise the PGA Tour’s playoffs, The FedEx Cup. The field is decided by whoever the top 125 players are in the FedEx Cup rankings, which is based on points for event finishes throughout the regular PGA tour season.
Highly regarded as one of the best and toughest golf courses in the country, Bethpage State Park Black Course opened in 1936 under the guidance of famed architect A.W. Tillinghast.
The course is recognized for being especially difficult for its awkwardly placed, large fairway bunkers and seemingly impossible approach shots, it’s what makes this course notorious.
The course wasn’t exactly well-known until the mid-1990s when Rees Jones spearheaded a restoration funded by the USGA. After its completion, it went on to host the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open and The Barclays in 2012.
In the future, it will host The Barclays several other times as well as the PGA Championship in 2019 and the Ryder Cup in 2024.
The Tournament Festivities
The week of tournament festivities officially kicks off on Tuesday August 23rd with a practice round in which the golfers familiarize themselves with the course and all of its quirks. The cost to attend this round is usually much less than the actual tournament. The golfers typically aren’t as serious about play and you’re bound to score a few autographs from your favorite PGA Tour professionals
Besides watching some of the best athletes in the world compete, there are so many other great amenities to check out.
This year, the tournament has taken a stand to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed forces. For all military guests, there will be a Patriots Outpost tent where they can indulge in some complimentary food and beverages while watching the tournament. Additionally, all active duty, Reserve military members, veterans, and their dependents can enter free of charge.
Kids and teens under 18 also get in free! There will be designated “kids-only” autograph zones as well as food and ice cream trucks for everyone.
Parking for this event can be difficult and oftentimes frustrating. Plan ahead and look for other means of transportation.
All tickets for the tournament can be found here.