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The Barclays - Liberty National course preview

The BarclaysThis week the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs begin with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. GCSAA member Greg James has endured a very wet summer and will top the thick stand of Kentucky bluegrass rough at four inches.
Built on the banks of the New York Harbor, across the Hudson River from the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, Liberty National provides stunning views, as well as a marina and heliport for unique access for members. The property was used as an ammunitions dump during the first World War, a junkyard for a few decades, a petroleum tank farm, and then the site of massive storage warehouses, one of which was the base of operations for the Gambino crime family. After the land was cleaned up and decontaminated, two million cubic feet of soil was added to bring the previously flat property to 52 feet above sea level in some places.
The shore-lined 14th hole is a 155-yard par 3 with the New York City skyline as a backdrop, and though it’s considered by many to be the signature hole at Liberty National, James says No. 16 might be the most exciting because it’s a reachable 325-yard par 4.

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass - .25'
Fairways - Bentgrass - .38'
Greens - Bentgrass - .13'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass - 4'


Weather: Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.


Yardage: 7,458 yards, par 71

signature hole

Fun fact: Liberty National Golf Club is the closest golf course to Manhattan, located across the Hudson River from the city.


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