THE NORTHERN TRUST – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York
7,350 yards – Par 70 – Poa Annua Greens
Course Architect: Joe Finger (1971)

Tournament Angles

#1 Poa Annua Greens
#2 Strong Field Events
#3 Par 70 Courses
#4 Performance in the Summer
#5 Easy-to-Hit Fairways
#6 Fast Greens
#7 FedExCup Playoffs
#8 Performance in New York/New Jersey


2016: Bethpage Black
2015: Plainfield Country Club
2014: Ridgewood Country Club
2013: Liberty National Golf Club
2012: Bethpage Black
2011: Plainfield Country Club
2010: Ridgewood Country Club

Previous Winners

2016: Patrick Reed -9 over Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair -8
2015: Jason Day -19 over Henrik Stenson -13
2014: Hunter Mahan -14 over Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale, Jason Day -12
2013: Adam Scott -15 over Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland -14
2012: Nick Watney -10 over Brandt Snedeker -7
2011: Dustin Johnson -19 over Matt Kuchar -17 (54 holes)
2010: Matt Kuchar -12 over Martin Laird in a playoff

54-Hole Leaders

2016: Rickie Fowler -9
2015: Jason Day, Sangmoon Bae -11
2014: Jason Day, Jim Furyk -9
2013: Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar -15
2012: Sergio Garcia -10
2011: Dustin Johnson -19
2010: Martin Laird -12

36-Hole Leaders

2016: Patrick Reed -8
2015: Bubba Watson -7
2014: Cameron Tringale, Adam Scott -8
2013: Matt Kuchar -13
2012: Nick Watney -8, Sergio Garica -8
2011: Matt Kuchar -14
2010: Jason Day -8

Important Interview Quotes

Q. Your thoughts on the course; it’s a new stop.
It’s in great shape, perfect shape. It’s got its fair share of really long, tough holes and its fair share of holes that are somewhat shorter but you can be a little more aggressive with them. I think everybody will like it. It played very fair. I think like most courses we play out here, if you can fly it 300 like a lot of those guys, it helps. -2017

Q. You’ve won on many difficult golf courses in your career and you seem to play them quite well. What is it about this place that you’ve liked over the first couple days that has you in this great position?
Yeah, kind of reminds me somewhat of a Memorial in a way that the fairways are fairly generous. You can drive the ball and it kind of encourages a good driver of the ball to drive the ball well. Keeps the driver in your hand.

But the greens are getting firm, and there’s a lot of strategy to that and there’s a lot of tough putts out there, a lot of really quick putts. You have to be careful if you short-side yourself, you can’t make par. So in terms of strategy, as well. -2017

Q. How would you describe the golf course?
It’s hard to describe it. Because it’s got some resemblance to Augusta National; the fact that there’s some wide fairways that go to different holes, and it’s just way open areas. But I can’t really explain which one it gets close to.

The first few holes have a bit of a Congressional vibe to it, to maybe a mix of both. Any time you’re comparing to courses like Augusta National or Congressional, you know you’re playing a really, really good golf course. My description would be a really, really quality golf course where you need to put it in the fairway. -2017

SCOTT BROWN: “It’s a fabulous golf course, similar (in style) to Augusta National in that you have to play shots to certain quadrants of the greens,” said Scott Brown. “It’s not crazy tight (nor is Augusta National) and it’s fun to play. The greens are firm and you have a lot of options for shots around the greens.”

Jason Caron, the head professional at the Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, has heard the “Augusta of the North” expression and said it fit. “Seriously, Glen Oaks is that good,” he said.

The hiring of superintendent Craig Currier – who had done brilliant work at Bethpage Black for both the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens and had also worked at Augusta National and Garden City GC – signaled a change of direction for Glen Oaks. With credit to a membership that trusted their vision, Shifflett and Currier were told to pick an architect who would oversee a renovation. After considering bigger names, they decided on Joel Weiman, senior designer with McDonald & Sons of Maryland, with whom Currier had worked on a Bethpage project.

Scott Brown, who played Glen Oaks with firm and fast conditions, gave it thumbs up. He loved the sprawling piece of property with wide and tightly-mown fairways that run into sharp-edged bunkers, shaved areas around the greens, and putting surfaces which can offer speeds that will command your respect.

But Mark Brown, who was the only competitor to break par at last year’s Met Open, said Mother Nature will be in charge. “If it does get soft,” he said, “I could see the guys eating it up. It’s not terribly long (using Nos. 1-3 and 6-9 from the White Course, 4-5 from the Red Course, and all nine of the Blue Course, Glen Oaks will offer a composite layout of approximately 7,300 yards) and these guys usually figure things out quickly.”


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