A look at each course in Barclays rotation

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June 28, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

The four courses now in the rotation for The Barclays are an eclectic collection of venues with modern and historical significance.

Two -- Ridgewood Country Club and Bethpage Black -- are among A.W. Tillinghast's most revered creations while Donald Ross put his formidable stamp on Plainfield Country Club. Tom Kite and Bob Cupp showed the resourcefulness of modern architecture when they built Liberty National on a landfill with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Bethpage Black
The Barclays 2012, 2016
LOCATION: Farmingdale, N.Y.
ARCHITECT: A.W. Tillinghast (1936)
YARDAGE: 7,366
PAR: 71
BACKGROUND: The Black Course is one of five public courses at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. The state facility was developed in the 1930s with three of the courses (Black, Red and Blue) designed by the famed Tillinghast. He also modified the Lenox Hills Country Club course, already on the property, and that became the Green Course. Alfred Tull was later hired to develop the Yellow Course in 1958. The N.Y. State Parks website is quick to point out that the Black Course is for walkers and should be played "only by low-handicap golfers." Players line up in the wee hours of the morning and sleep in their cars for a chance to play the Black, which features narrow, tree-lined fairways, deep rough, ample well-placed and innovative bunkers and small greens. There are even designated "overnight" parking spaces for the hardy and anxious souls waiting for their chance to test their skill on a course many believe to be one of Tillinghast's best.
PAST TOURNAMENTS: In 2002, Bethpage Black became the first publicly owned course to host the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes that year in a spirited competition that was fueled by the spirited support from the fans. During a soggy week seven years later, Lucas Glover won his first major and again denied Mickelson at the Black Course.
LUCAS GLOVER: The 2009 U.S. Open champion talks about Bethpage as a PGA TOUR course.
Liberty National
The Barclays 2013
LOCATION: Jersey City, N.J.
ARCHITECT: Tom Kite and Bob Cupp (2006)
YARDAGE: 7,458
PAR: 71
BACKGROUND: The golf course was constructed on a reclaimed land fill in New Jersey across the Hudson River from Manhattan. With a mil-long waterfront, the Statue of Liberty is visible on nearly every hole, as is the New York City skyline, which makes for some spectacular vistas. Liberty National has something of a linksy feel, too, with ample pampas grass and relatively sparse stands of trees on the property that are continuing to mature. There is a private heliport and marina for member's yachts, as well as a complimentary high-speed boat service to Manhattan.
PAST TOURNAMENTS: Liberty National hosted The Barclays in 2009, three years after it opened. Heath Slocum made a par putt on the 72nd hole that week to beat Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. Slocum had entered the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup at No. 124 and ended up finishing eighth.
Ridgewood
The Barclays 2014
LOCATION: Paramus, N.J.
ARCHITECT: A.W. Tillinghast (1929)
YARDAGE: 7,319 yards
PAR: 71
BACKGROUND: Tillinghast created three nines on the property which offers up several different configurations for tournament play. Many of the greens slope severely, usually from back to front, and are well-bunkered per Tillinghast's style. Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees, often known as the Open doctor, have also consulted on the property but the goal was always to retain the character of the Tillinghast design. Interestingly, Ridgewood can trace its roots back to 1893 when the founding fathers of the course organized Ho-Ho-Kus Golf Club. Greens fees in those days were in the neighborhood of 25 cents. Ho-Ho-Kus quickly became known as Ridgewood and the club moved several times before settling into its Paramus home.
PAST TOURNAMENTS: Ridgewood has twice been the host of The Barclays -- in 2008 when Vijay Singh beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland in a playoff and again last year when Matt Kuchar nipped Martin Laird, also in extra holes. Ridgewood has also hosted the 1935 Ryder Cup, 1957 U.S. Senior Amateur, 1974 U.S. Amateur, 1981 LPGA Coca-Cola Classic, 1990 U.S. Senior Open and 2001 Senior PGA Championship.
Plainfield
The Barclays 2015
LOCATION: Edison, N.J.
ARCHITECT: Donald Ross (1921)
YARDAGE: 7,126 yards
PAR: 72
BACKGROUND: Plainfield Country Club was originally founded in 1890 with tennis as its primary sport. The Hillside Tennis Club became Plainfield in 1904 and the golf course designed by noted architect Donald Ross opened 17 years later. Over the last decade, Gil Hanse has used some of Ross' own diagrams to help return Plainfield to the Scotsman's vision. During that process more than 1,200 trees have been removed, lost bunkers uncovered and 16 greens expanded. In addition length has been added to 12 holes to help the layout keep pace with modern times.
PAST TOURNAMENTS: Plainfield hosted the 1978 U.S. Amateur won by John Cook and the 1978 U.S. Women's Open won by Laura Davies. The Barclays in 2010 will be its first PGA TOUR event.

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