A Preview of Kite's Work in the Shadow of Lady Liberty

CBS to air hour-long special on the creation of the incomparable Liberty National Golf Club

Tom Kite designJERSEY CITY, N.J. – The proverbial veil will be lifted from the incomparable Liberty National Golf Club this Saturday, as CBS will broadcast a special look into the planning, design and construction of the Tom Kite-designed $250 million track set along the banks of the Hudson River in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

“Lady Liberty Awaits, the Story of Liberty National,” a one-hour special produced by PGA Tour Productions, airs August 22, at 5 p.m. ET on CBS and tells the remarkable story of Liberty National and how it came to host The Barclays, the first event of the 2009 PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. See more information about the television special at http://www.pgatour.com/2009/tournaments/r027/08/17/lady.liberty/index.html

The land where the spectacular 7,400-yard layout now sits was once home to rotting and decaying industry, a wasteland of pollution, a forgotten slice of coast along the Hudson River with stunning views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty.

Liberty National Golf Club’s 7,400-yard course was fashioned by Kite, the 1992 U.S. Open Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member, in conjunction with design partner Bob Cupp. It features a combination of classic tree-lined holes with Scottish-style links. During the television special both designers talk about the challenges and obstacles of cleaning up the land and creating a championship-caliber golf course from scratch.

Located on the western shores of New York Harbor, just 1,000 yards from the Statue of Liberty, Liberty National is a realization of the vision of father-and-son co-founders Paul and Dan Fireman. Viewers will be treated to exclusive interviews with both as they recount the amazing transformation process of the land and the never-before-told secrets of the nearly two-decade journey to hosting the world's greatest golfers.

“We are excited that PGA Tour players will get to test Liberty National under the pressure of tournament and playoff conditions,” Kite said.

“Perhaps even more so, it is a thrill to know that with this television special and the week of competition on the course will allow the public to experience what was created at Liberty National. It is an unveiling in many ways.”

The Barclays will be contested at Liberty National Golf Club Aug. 27-30.

About Tom Kite

Tom Kite’s playing career could be described as one of tremendous success and consistency. Growing up under the guidance of Hall of Fame instructor Harvey Penick, Kite had an impressive amateur career. At the University of Texas, he captained two NCAA championship teams and was co-medalist at the 1972 NCAA Tournament. He represented the United States in the 1970 Eisenhower Cup Matches and the 1971 Walker Cup before turning professional in 1973.

Tom KiteKite’s professional career includes wins in 19 official PGA Tour tournaments, with his most memorable victory at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. From 1989 to 1995, Kite was the career leading money winner on the PGA Tour, and he spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1989 and 1994.

Kite has been a member of seven U.S. Ryder Cup teams and was the captain of the 1997 team. In 1979, the USGA bestowed their highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, to Kite for his sportsmanship. He has won two Vardon Trophies (1981, 1982) for low scoring average and was named Player of the Year in 1981 and 1989. 

After turning 50, Kite has focused on the Champions Tour winning an additional 10 events including one major championship, the Tradition, and – most recently – the Boeing Classic in 2008. In 2004, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, joining an elite list of greats who have played the game. 

About Tom Kite Design

For more than 35 years, Tom Kite has played and studied most of the greatest golf courses in the world, and in the early 1990s he decided to take his love of playing golf and use it to begin work designing golf courses. 

Kite has now designed 12 courses with another two in the construction phase. He utilizes his vast experience and knowledge of the game of golf in each of his design projects with the goal of creating a high-level course that is capable of hosting a PGA Tour event and yet is enjoyable and playable for all skill levels.

Kite is highly selective with the projects he accepts and remains actively involved throughout the construction and grow-in phases of the development to insure the integrity of the design is maintained. Site visits with the contractors and owners are scheduled as often as necessary to review and refine the work in progress. He acts not only as the architect but also as the owner’s representative in dealing with contractors, engineers and environmentalists.

Kite’s completed projects, both individually and in conjunction with some of the world’s top designers, include:

Liberty National Golf Club (Jersey City, NJ)
Trump International Golf Club (Puerto Rico)
Vanderbilt Legends Club (Nashville, TN)
Gaillardia Country Club (Oklahoma City, OK)
Somersett Country Club (Reno, NV)
Eagle Ridge Golf Club (Garner, NC)
Baltimore Country Club (Baltimore, MD)

Vaaler Creek Golf Club  (Blanco, TX)
Canyon Springs Golf Club  (San Antonio, TX)
Newport Dunes Golf Club  (Port Aransas, TX)
Avery Ranch Golf Club  (Austin, TX)
The Golf Club at Star Ranch  (Hutto, TX)

 

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