The tournament also will borrow a little from the Phoenix Open, with a temporary stadium built around what figures to be a very loud 17th hole.
The par-3 17th at Bethpage was one of the most electric venues at the voluble 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens. But chances are, we haven’t heard anything yet.
For The Barclays, hospitality tents and sky boxes will be built near the green, and so will large sections of bleachers. More bleachers will be added behind the tee, giving the hole an enclosed look like the one that has become a trademark on No. 17 in Phoenix — considered the noisiest spot in golf.
“We’re hopeful. We could have 3,000 to 4,000 seats around that hole. So it should be a nice atmosphere, kind of fun,” said Peter Mele, executive director of the tournament. Speaking generally of the first leg of the PGA Tour playoffs, to be held Aug. 23-26, he said, “It’s going to have a different feel than the Open had.”
The goal is balancing the stature and organization that marked those two majors with some new, more relaxed approaches.
Some other interesting notes from Herrman’s write-up:
- Attendance is expected to be capped at 35,000 a day
- Fans can park at Jones Beach and take buses, or they can take the Long Island Rail Road to the Farmingdale station and board shuttles just as they did for the Opens.
- The course will look pretty much the same (as it did during the US Open), except on the scorecard. It will play at par 71 instead of 70, with No. 7 playing as a par 5 rather than a par 4.
- Children will be admitted for free
- Active military members and their families are admitted free
- MasterCard hospitality tent, which will be open to anyone who shows a MasterCard
- Bethpage Black will close to the public on Aug. 6
Check out our article on volunteering for the Barclays.