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Glen Oaks to host The Barclays in 2017

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem (Feb. 19, 2010)

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem (Feb. 19, 2010)

The Barclays, the prestigious first leg of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, is coming to Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury in 2017.

The Tour will make a formal announcement this morning in Edison, New Jersey, site of this year's Barclays, that will feature Glen Oaks officials and superintendent Craig Currier, who has completed a major renovation of the course.

"Not a lot of people have had the opportunity to visit Glen Oaks. That's what we're excited about," said Howard Smith, a club member who is co-chairman of the 2017 Barclays along with Jordan Ziegler. "We're excited about people seeing the type of facility we have, and how the golf course has turned out."

Currier is known for having prepared Bethpage Black for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens. He used to work at Augusta National, and local golf association officials say the new-look Glen Oaks has some of Augusta's pristine touches.

"The conditioning is world class," Smith said. "The vistas that have been created by Craig and the whole renovation have made it a very enjoyable place to play."

Referring to the Tour, he added, "They have a relationship with Craig and they heard a lot about the fact that last year, the Met PGA was held there and a lot of the local pros raved about the golf course."

Tournament director Peter Mele, who oversees the event that rotates among courses in New Jersey and Bethpage Black -- site of The Barclays next year -- said the Tour was looking for a Long Island location to replace Liberty National for 2017. The latter, one of the regular Barclays sites, will host the Presidents Cup that year.

"It looks to be a great test for competition. We've met with the board and they seem very excited to host us. I think it's going to be an awesome venue," Mele said. "The day we went to see it, our competition team said we could play the tournament right now."

An added benefit, Mele said, will be continuity in attracting volunteers and Long Island sponsorships for two years in a row. The course will be a composite from Glen Oaks' 27 holes and will play at about 7,300 yards. Smith said some new tees and a new driving range will be built.

There has been no determination about another Barclays at Glen Oaks in the future. The tournament is booked at its traditional sites through 2022, with Bethpage on schedule for 2021. But a return is not out of the question, based on a statement from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

"The Glen Oaks Club is a fantastic addition to a rotation of some of the best courses in the metropolitan New York/ New Jersey area," Finchem said. "The Barclays has a proud tradition of visiting the very best golf courses in the area, and Glen Oaks fits perfectly . . . We look forward to heading there for the first time in 2017."


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