Jack Nicklaus, Donald Trump and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at Ferry Point Park, the Nicklaus-designed course in the Bronx that was finally completed 12 years after it was originally scheduled to open.
The 7,365-yard, links-style public course, which was built on a former landfill, is expected to fully open in spring 2015.
“I think Ferry Point will be a tremendous golf experience,” Nicklaus said in a release. “I’ve been asked to create something that is world-class, a source of pride for New York City, and if they wanted to hold a national or international event, a course that will be a strong golf course from the back tees.”
To that point, Ferry Point apparently has already piqued the curiosity of Mike Davis, the executive director of the USGA. He has taken two trips to the NYC-area course – including a stop three weeks ago – and both Trump and Nicklaus hope to land a U.S. Open there in the future, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
“We want to see the golf course open,” Davis told the WSJ. “It’s certainly worth (the USGA) continuing to look at it seriously, but it’s so early in the process and so few people have seen it.”