Today’s announcement that the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship will come to Bethpage on Long Island is the latest move from the PGA into New York.
In July, the PGA of America said it would open a satellite office in Elmsford, Westchester County, in addition to its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Westchester is where the PGA started in 1916 in Bronxville.
The Westchester office is part of the “Golf Central” site of the headquarters of both the Metropolitan PGA Section and the Metropolitan Golf Association. It plans to open in the fall.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and golf officials announced that the Ryder Cup will be played at Bethpage Black in 2024 and will host the 2019 PGA Championship.
“How fitting it is that we will be taking two of golf’s premier events to a state that was the site of our first PGA Championship and to a spectacular course whose design was influenced by one of golf’s most accomplished architects and a friend of The PGA of America,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop in a statement.
The PGA Championship was held last month at Oak Hill in Rochester. Cuomo said the event has been held 12 times in New York. This year’s in Rochester drew 200,000 spectators and generated $85 million in revenue, Cuomo said.
He said New York has 1,000 golf courses and is a tourism draw to the state.