On TOUR: my adventure at The Barclays in NY

PLAYOFFS?! My first FedEx Cup Playoff event kicked off, where else? NYC! It was so much fun to take part in the playoffs and explore the New York City area — including Long Island and Farmingdale, a quaint and cute little New England town.

When you think of New York, you think of the city. As magical as NYC is, there is so much to New York than just the downtown area, there’s New Jersey, the Hamptons, Long Island, etc. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to explore the area surrounding Bethpage Black State Park in Farmingdale, NY and sprinkle a little fun in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in there as well.

Before the fun off the course, we had a blast on the course each day. Bethpage Black is a MONSTER and is set inside Bethpage New York state park, comprised of five courses, horse and hiking trails and more. It is a gorgeous preserve of land just an hour outside of the city, that contains one of the most iconic and toughest courses in the country — the site of the 2002 & 2009 U.S. Opens.

Kicking off the week, I had the opportunity to put together one of my favorite stories yet — Jordan Spieth surprising his biggest fan, the 2016 SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee winner. Jairam Hathwar is a wonderful kid, who Jordan and I both agree, has a bright future ahead.

In addition, I also joined Gary Woodland and Patton Kizzire on the range for their warmup routine and walked a hole with 2011 FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas and Aaron Baddeley as each played their practice rounds on Wednesday. All this before we teed off our live broadcasts on PGA TOUR Live and Direct TV.

I always enjoy doing post-round interviews and speaking with the players after their round, but it’s special when I’m able to talk to them about the causes they support and the work they are doing to help others off the golf course — like Bubba Watson and caddy Ted Scott.

And it’s always fun to put together Trending On TOUR each Monday, where we highlight the fun outside the ropes.

But what about the fun we had off the course?! There were so many fun stops in the area, including Main Street in the cute little town of Farmingdale, NY, where Bethpage Black is located. Here are some suggestions in the Farmingdale area that caught our attention:

Organic Krush

Organic Krush

We also visited Fox Hollow Inn & Country Club, where the Pro-am parings party was held. It was fun to host the event and conduct a Q&A with pros Ryan Palmer and Freddie Jacobson. After the gorgeous party, we went over to Volpe — another great restaurant to add to the list.

Before the pairings party that evening, I had the pleasure of hosting a MasterCard event at the course with Graeme McDowellwhere they were showcasing cool new payment technology featured at The Barclays.

A highlight of the trip was definitely the evening we went into the city. Surprisingly it takes a little longer than you’d think to make the trek from Farmingdale to Manhattan — you need to allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half depending on if you take the train or drive in.

Luckily for us, we had a native New Yorker with us, who drove us to the East Village where we chowed down on Artichoke Pizza, took us to the West Village where we played shuffle board at Fat Cat and topped it all off back in the East Village with dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar — where they have soft-serve that tastes like the milk after you eat all the cereal. To die for!

But the part of the evening I’ll never forget was our rendezvous over to Brooklyn where we stopped at the Fulton Ferry Landing to take in the city lights. It was one of the most gorgeous views of the city I had ever seen, other than Liberty Island, and when it’s nightfall — you can’t beat the breathtaking view.

As a baseball fan, I always like to visit any ballpark that I can. Therefore, we HAD to check out Citi Field, especially since we had a few Mets fans in our PGA TOUR Live crew. I was “that person” and wore my Cardinals gear with pride. I didn’t get as much shade as I had predicted and had a great time, which included stuffed meatballs and ice cream of course!

I always love a visiting NYC and can’t wait for the President’s Cup at Liberty National next year! It’s going to be fantastic! Until then, I leave you with the lyrics from the always fabulous Alicia Keys:

New York..
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it from New York, New York, New York!

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About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.