The PGA Tour is strongly considering the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury as the host for the 2017 Barclays golf tournament.
A letter from the Glen Oaks country club's Board of Governors to its members on Monday said that a scheduling conflict with the Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey had forced the PGA to seek a new venue for the Barclays, which is the first round of the Fed Ex playoffs. The Barclays will be held Aug. 21-27, 2017.
"We have been looking at several options for The Barclays 2017, when The Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National, which we announced last summer," Brian Goin, PGA Tour senior vice president and chief of operations for championship management, said in a statement to Newsday. "Glen Oaks is a great venue, and while we have approval from the club's board of directors to continue discussions, it is premature to confirm anything. We do not have a contract at this time."
The PGA visited Glen Oaks recently and said the club needed "a few minor adjustments" to be considered for the Barclays, the letter said.
Glen Oaks has made a big investment in the condition of its course in recent years, hiring Craig Currier as superintendant in 2009. Currier prepared the Bethpage Black course for U.S. Opens in 2002 and 2009.
Glen Oaks is a 27-hole course and -- if chosen by the PGA -- the plan likely would be to use some composite, which would be 18 of those 27 holes for a par 70.
The 2016 Barclays will also be played on Long Island with Bethpage Black as the host site.