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Major Championship golf returns to Bethpage Black when the 101st PGA Championship comes to Long Island, May 13 – 19, 2019. This will be first PGA Championship contested at Bethpage State Park and the first time the PGA Championship has been on Long Island since 1939. Even more exciting, the 2019 Championship will set the stage for what is poised to be the sporting event of the decade, the 2024 Ryder Cup. The 2019 event at Bethpage Black will mark the 13th time that a New York venue has hosted the PGA Championship, the most of any state. The Black Course at Bethpage is ranked #38 on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and #8 in their Greatest Public Course rankings.
Tickets to the PGA Championship are on-sale now. Many of the most in-demand ticket types are expected to sell-out well in advance of the Championship. Fans interested in attending Bethpage Black’s first-ever PGA Championship can view and buy available ticket types, here. For those interested in volunteering, a limited number of positions remain available. To volunteer for the PGA Championship, click here
While you’re here, explore more of one of the most popular east coast vacation destinations. Long Island – New York City’s Beachfront Backyard is most notable for the 120-miles of beaches that shape our coastline and the rich farmland on the east end that contributes to our award-winning wine country. Experience historical lighthouses, top-tier shopping, quaint tree-lined downtowns, local culinary delights, premiere golf courses, and Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions. Take a look at what’s on offer and build your perfect vacation around the PGA Championship today:
Train Schedule, Ferries, Limos… Hop aboard the Long Island Rail Road or take advantage of the roadways, ferries and buses, as well as Long Island limos, car rentals and taxis–it’s easy to get around Long Island. Take advantage of complimentary parking and shuttle service to and from Jones Beach. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the Farmingdale train station for LIRR riders. With service to 124 stations, travel from New York City or the Eastern tip of Long Island for car-less transportation to the PGA Championship at Bethpage.
Travelers looking to stay and play on Long Island during the PGA Championship can choose from a wide variety of accommodations that meet every need and budget. From hotels with rich history to beachside bed and breakfasts, luxury rentals to family-friendly finds, Long Island offers something for everyone.
Sun, Sand and Surf
Long Island is famed for its stretch of white-sand coastline. Jones Beach is a summer hot spot – walk the two mile boardwalk, listen to the live music, play volleyball on the sand and of course, ride the waves. While you’re there, dine in the new and recently upgraded The Landing at Jones Beach which features a full bar and two outdoor patios while serving up a New York-centric menu with local tastes and sips. Also visit Robert Moses State Park for sand and sun. From field 5, follow the nature boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse and climb the 182 steps to the top. If you are looking for a more adventurous day on the water, hop aboard a catamaran, rent your own kayak, or book an inshore or offshore fishing charter.
Fun for the entire family, stay and play at one of Long Island’s many attractions. The Long Island Children’s Museum boasts 14 interactive exhibits, live theater and hands on activities daily. While in the area, the Cradle of Aviation has kid programs, exhibits and a planetarium dome. For the adventurers, zip line through aerial rope courses at Adventure Park, slide down one of the 20 slides at Splish Splash Waterpark or learn circus tricks with the professionals at I.FLY Trapeze. Kiss the sea lions and interact with the penguins at the Long Island Aquarium or choose to ride favorite amusement park rides at Adventureland.
Experience the grandeur of Long Island’s Gold Coast Mansions and journey back to a world of elegance, opulence and unique architectural style that defined the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties. OHEKA CASTLE, resting majestically on the highest point of Long Island emanates the elegant refinement of a chateau in France coupled with world-class service and a rich history that is distinctly American. Old Westbury Gardens features a lavish English-style house, as well as 200-acres of formal gardens. The palette of what is in bloom changes with the seasons and every week at the Gardens. Sands Point was the famed “East Egg” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Four different mansions occupy the Guggenheim Estate, each with unique style embodying Irish culture, the 1920’s and the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
Long Island is home to over 65 wineries and a variety of breweries. Feeling a little bubbly? Try Sparkling Pointe Vineyard’s award-winning sparkling wines executed with artistry and finesse in the traditional French Méthode Champenoise. Kontokosta Winery sits on a 62-acre waterfront farm perched upon sweeping bluffs. While you’re there, try the 2014 Cabernet Franc. Head to Bedell Cellars and try the 2010 Musée. Bedell’s 2009 Merlot was the only red wine served at the 2013 Inaugural Luncheon, marking the first time in American history that a New York wine was served at a Presidential Inauguration. If you prefer local brews and spirits, you can create your own adventure along the Long Island Craft Beverage Trail.
The Hamptons are a celebrity hot spot in the summer time and you can often catch a glimpse of your favorite stars shopping, beaching or dining around town. A little bit of Hollywood, check-out the backdrop of big screen movies and tv shows including Sex and the City, The Affair, Something Borrowed and the Kardashians. Spend the afternoon shopping down East Hampton’s Main Street, lay out in the sun at Coopers Beach, take in a show at Guild Hall or visit the Parrish Art Museum to take part in interactive workshops and experience the more than 1,000 works on display. Dine at Cowfish for the perfect combination of land and sea with fresh flavors.
Long Island is known as a culinary mecca by of grace farmland produce benefiting from nutrient rich soil and a unique maritime climate. Additionally, the surrounding inshore waters teem with striped bass, bluefish, blackfish, fluke, flounder, clams, scallops and mussels while offshore fisherman haul day catch fresh tuna, swordfish and shark directly to restaurant doorsteps. Check out Prime, An American Kitchen & Bar, the part sushi ba, part steakhouse restaurant serving up classic favorites with a modern twist to provide guests with waterfront dining indoors and out. Insignia Steakhouse is chic and elegant, a true Hamptons & Manhatten mix. Visit Insignia for a taste of the finest prime dry-aged steaks, freshest seafood, including Mediterranean whole fish, and a dazzling array of sushi creations. Jewel Restaurant by Tom Schaudel features a robust menu and lively scene. Osteria Leana offers a select menu of modern Italian fare prepared with seasonally available ingredients from area farmers and vendors. The chef/owner Peter Van Der Mije is passionate about partnering with local businesses to create the fresh Italian fare.
After watching the pros, hit the green and test your skills on renowned public courses. Long Island offers excellent options for the avid golfer. Home to a variety of courses and multiple tee times, you’ll find it easy to accommodate your schedule.
Thrill seeker or spa goer, wine connoisseur or the epic foodie – either way, we’ve got you covered! Choose your travel style and the ultimate itinerary will be created.