For Julie Tyson, senior vice president of Championship Management for the Professional Golfers Association Tour, the upcoming North Trust PGA Tour is as much about golf fans as it is about the winner.
Northern Trust, formerly known as The Barclays, will return to Jersey City from Aug. 6 to 11 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City for the third time in the tournament’s history.
But this year, PGA Tour officials want to get fans more involved, and not just the upscale fans, giving them more opportunities to enjoy the experience.
While the PGA Tour will have packages to accommodate wealthy guests, the organization will also focus on providing access and events for all fans. Fans under 18 will get in free with a ticketed adult.
Because this is a PGA event, the best American and international golfers will compete.
“We are excited that The Northern Trust will be played at Liberty National in 2019 and TPC Boston in 2020, as we rotate between Boston and New York/New Jersey as the host of The Northern Trust,” Tyson said. “The New York and New Jersey metropolitan area and Boston are consistently recognized as being two of the largest and most passionate fan bases in sports, and that includes their support of the PGA Tour over the years. It was a natural progression to rotate between the two markets and continue to tell this tournament’s story as the kickoff to the FedExCup Playoffs.”
The FedExCup is a playoff that will feature the top 125 golfers in the FedExCup standings. Through a process of elimination, the field will narrow to a final few for the last day of the competition.
Golf stars in beautiful settings
Known as one of the world’s most picturesque courses with views of the Hudson River, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty, Liberty National hosted the first FedExCup Playoffs in 2009 and 2013. The course, which opened in 2006, has been the venue for the 2017 Presidents Cup, which the United States Team won 19-11 over the International Team.
With Brooks Koepka capping off a dominating victory at the PGA Championship held at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course on Long Island in May, fans in New York and New Jersey should start gearing up for when the best golfers in the world return to the metro area this summer.
The list of past champions includes Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Patrick Reed, and Bryson DeChambeau. Tiger Woods, who came in second in Jersey City during the last two events, is expected to compete, with many wondering if his comeback will include a championship this year.
In a remarkable comeback, Woods won the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia in April.
Premium tickets include the Anchor Club presented by Grey Goose, and The Ultra Club. These tickets allow fans to have upgraded, elevated experiences onsite, where they can soak up views of the on-course action and the Manhattan skyline while entertaining business clients or relaxing with friends and family.
The Northern Trust offers a Family Plan package that makes the tournament even more affordable. At a price of $150 plus tax, the Family Plan includes two Good-Any-One-Day Grounds adult tickets, a $20 food and beverage voucher and unlimited admission for youths 18 and under. Tickets provide single-day access to the tournament grounds, Tuesday through Sunday, along with access to all the public fan areas.
If you’re looking to save even more money, tickets for The Northern Trust practice rounds Tuesday or Wednesday cost only $35 per person. Practice rounds are often the best way to get up close to your favorite players.
Tyson said unlike other professional sporting competitions where you pay a premium for front-row seats, every ticket to a PGA Tour event is like a front-row seat. There are abundant opportunities to get within feet of the best professional golfers in the world.
According to Tyson, admitting people 18 and under for free is an unheard-of-in-any-other-sport deal. The only provision is that the young person must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket. But there’s no limit to how many kids per ticketed adult. In other words, for the price of one ticketed adult, you can take your kids’ entire soccer, baseball, football or cheerleading team to the tournament.
There’s a designated Autograph Zone just for kids, where they can get their pin flags and hats signed by the game’s best. PGA Tour players tend to make time for kids. After all, they were once kids who wanted that autograph, too.
New this year, The Northern Trust features a Family Care Suite, a private, air-conditioned venue that serves as a comfort station for mothers and fathers.
You won’t go hungry
The event features a diverse mix of food options, including staples like chicken fingers,fries, pizza, and ice cream. For those who attended last year’s tournament, expect to see the same local favorites returning in 2019.
Shake Shack, Luke’s Lobster are returning and new this year Sticky’s Finger Joint and Jersey City favorites Pizza Vita and Torico Ice Cream.
For families with allergy or diet restrictions, or for those looking to save a few bucks, fans are allowed to bring their own food to the tournament, as long as it can fit in a one-gallon clear plastic bag.
Security and parking
Opaque bags measuring 6x6x6 inches and smaller or clear bags 12x6x12 inches and smaller are allowed inside the course grounds.
Strollers, small diaper bags, plastic baby bottles, and other essential infant supplies are permitted within the gates of the tournament.
Parking is not included with ticket purchases Tuesday through Sunday.
Unlike in the past, designated parking is at Newport Mall, from which a variety of public transportation methods will be available.
Military members, veterans, and their families are invited to experience the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by United Rentals, a military-exclusive hospitality venue. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages while enjoying the tournament action from some of the best seats on the course.
For more information about The 2019 Northern Trust visit Thenortherntrust.com. Fans are encouraged to follow The Northern Trust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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