Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

May 03, 2019

New York State Announces More Than 200,000 Spectators Expected To Attend 2019 PGA Championship At Bethpage Black

Tournament's Economic Impact Expected to Exceed $120 Million

More Than 1,100 Full and Part-Time Jobs Have Already Been Created as a Result of the PGA Championship

Event Will Promote NY's Tourism and Agriculture Industries

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. The weeklong event, taking place from May 13 to 19, is expected to provide an estimated economic impact of more than $120 million to the region and will feature food and beverages from the State's agriculture industry on the course. More than 1,100 full and part-time jobs have already been created as a result of the PGA Championship.

"New York is proud to host the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black and welcome over 200,000 visitors from across the globe to see all that New York State has to offer," Governor Cuomo said. "This partnership with PGA is already creating jobs and will generate international media attention and provide a significant economic boost to surrounding communities, building on our continued work to establish New York as a top destination for sports fans."

"The PGA Championship later this month is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're proud to host this year's tournament at Bethpage State Park, which is creating jobs and expected to result in a projected economic impact of more than $100 million. We thank the PGA of America and welcome worldwide sports fans to the weeklong event showcasing the best New York State has to offer."

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "I am thrilled to welcome the storied PGA Championship to Nassau County for the very first time in the tournament's history. The Championship has already brought our region an economic boost of over $100 million, creating over 1,100 jobs full or part-time jobs. Nassau County is ready and in full coordination with state and local partners to ensure the Championship runs smoothly and safely."

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "No other region in the country can boast hosting the U.S. Open and PGA Championship one year after the next. Long Island has secured its reputation as one of the true golf meccas anywhere the country, not to mention the nearly $100 million generated in economic impact that will benefit both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. I thank Governor Cuomo and the PGA Championship for their partnership in preparing to host this world-class sporting event."

In addition to at least a $120 million economic impact, more than 1,100 full and part-time jobs have already been created as a result of the PGA Championship. Nearly 3,600 volunteers from 45 states and 20 countries will also assist in the overall operations of the event. The PGA Championship will have a massive global footprint, with 200 countries broadcasting the tournament to more than half-a-billion households, and will be covered by 1,000 on-site media representatives.

With the weekend dates already sold out, more than 200,000 spectators from all 50 states and 45 different countries are expected to descend on Bethpage Black to watch professional golf's strongest competitors play for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.

Despite the sellout of all week-long and weekend tickets, limited single-day tickets remain for Monday through Friday of the PGA Championship. Fans can purchase tickets here. Find more information on the 2019 PGA Championship here.

The PGA Championship also provides an opportunity to promote some of the state's industries. I LOVE NY and New York State Parks will host the "New York State Experience" in the Fan Zone to promote the state's premier courses, golf getaways, and travel options. On the course, spectators can visit the Taste NY Concession, located at Hole 14, which will feature food and beverages from Long Island and across the State. The menu includes grab-and-go snacks, such as North Fork potato chips (Cutchogue, NY) and Beigel's Bakery black & white cookies (Brooklyn, NY), as well as classic New York specialties made from locally sourced ingredients, such as Beef on Weck, Southern Tier Spiedies and a New York State cheese plate. It will also offer craft beer and wine from across the State.

To continue to promote New York's growing craft beverage industry, Taste NY has partnered with the NYS Wine and Grape Foundation and Opichi Distributing to spotlight award-winning New York wines at the Wanamaker Club hospitality area at the tournament. In addition, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation is hosting tastings of New York wines in the Chase Sapphire Lounge at select times.

Acting New York State Parks Acting Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "We welcome the golfers, spectators and television viewers from around the world to experience some of the best and most challenging golf, right here at our exceptional public facility, Bethpage State Park. We promise all who will be on Long Island for the tournament will enjoy unrivaled hospitality, which is a trademark of our state and our park system."

"The stars have all really aligned for this 101st edition of the PGA Championship as we have incredible partners in New York State Parks, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY State Police, MTA/LIRR, and the finest of all public golf courses in the world - Bethpage Black," said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America. "We have been excited by our move to May which has proved to be even more fortuitous as fans look to Bethpage Black to see the greatest players in the world, our defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger's chance to win his next Major."

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "We welcome the PGA Championship and its fans to Long Island's picturesque Bethpage State Park, and I hope that the event's global coverage, showcasing all our state has to offer, will encourage even more travelers to consider planning a New York State vacation."

New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard A. Ball said, "We're excited about this event, which gives an economic boost to the region and provides our Taste NY partners with an opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of visitors and spectators, opening new markets for New York State's food and beverage producers whose products will be showcased at the tournament. We thank the Governor and our partners for helping us highlight the very best of New York."

Senator Kevin Thomas said, "The best golfers in the world are set to converge on Bethpage Black. This means a huge economic windfall with up to 200,000 people ready to follow their favorites along the course. The PGA Championship will bring more than 1,000 jobs and more than $100 million to the region. While on Long Island, guests to Bethpage State Park will also bring a boost to the hospitality and restaurant industries. The big winner is local businesses when hosting a major sporting event in our backyard."

Assembly Member Chuck Lavine said, "The Bethpage Black for many years has been the site of historical championships and Bethpage, Long Island has had the eyes of the world on its landscape for all the right reasons. It is gratifying as a New Yorker and as a Representative of the State of New York to welcome the 101st PGA Championship to Bethpage State Park again this year."

New York Wine and Grape Foundation Executive Director Sam Filler said, "We are thrilled to be a part of the PGA Championship and for the opportunity for thousands of visitors to discover the best that New York State vineyards and producers have to offer! We look forward to showcasing an excellent and varied selection wines from our members."

About the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major in men's golf. It began in 1916, just months after the birth of the PGA of America, and annually features the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world's largest sports organizations, with nearly 29,000 professionals who work daily to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGA on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.