The Barclays event on the PGA Tour will have a new home in 2017: Trump Golf Links Ferry Point in New York City. Sources close to Donald Trump tell Golf.com that Trump and the PGA Tour have an agreement in place that will move the tournament there in 2017, with a return engagement set for 2020. Such a commitment speaks volumes for the merits of a course that won’t open until 2015 -- or to the persuasiveness of Trump himself. Further chatter has given rise to another question: Can a Ryder Cup for Trump Ferry Point be far behind?
The first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs has been sponsored by Barclays since 2007 and is played at rotating venues in New York and New Jersey. Adam Scott captured the title at Liberty National in 2013 and will defend at Ridgewood this August. The Barclays heads to Plainfield in 2015 and to Bethpage Black in 2016.
For the 2017 edition, the much-discussed, oft-delayed Trump Ferry Point takes its turn. Occupying one of the most remarkable tracts in golf, Trump Golf Links Ferry Point sits on a 222-acre converted landfill adjacent to the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, with backdrops that include the East River, Long Island Sound, the Throgs Neck Bridge, St. Raymond’s Cemetery and public parks. Ferry Point’s easy accessibility via air, ground and underground and the easy-on-the-eyes Manhattan skyline are huge plusses.
Jack Nicklaus gets design credit -- at least on Trump’s website -- but he was assisted by collaborating architect John Sanford, who is perhaps best known for his skillful design and engineering work on Boston’s Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills, where he transformed a dumpsite for the city’s “Big Dig” project into a well-regarded, public-access 27-hole layout.
The course will be strictly public when it opens in 2015. Befitting its edge-of-the-water locale, Trump Ferry Point will play as a faux links, without trees. Man-made (though natural-looking) dunes topped with wavy grasses and gently tumbling meadowland provide character to the layout, and with the winds that blow off the water, its 7,300-plus yards should sufficiently test the Tour pros.
Will Donald Trump see a long-sought U.S. Open -- or perhaps a Ryder Cup at Ferry Point? The two PGA Tour Barclays events should provide a definitive dry run.