The Presidents Cup in Jersey City [9/28-10/1]

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Liberty National Golf Course hosts The Presidents Cup this weekend in Jersey City. Get excited for the influx of people benefiting local commerce – or get annoyed by the influx of people (because former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama will be here!) contributing to your line-wait for local coffee. Either way, this promises to be a fun, monumental weekend.

Founded in 1994 by the PGA, the biennial Presidents Cup tournament consists of a U.S. team and an international team (minus Europe) in a match play format, 12 players per side. Here’s who we’re watching this year:

U.S.
Captain: Steve Stricker

Justin Thomas
Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar
Dustin Johnson
Daniel Berger
Patrick Reed
Kevin Kisner
Jordan Spieth
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Chappell
Charley Hoffman
Brooks Koepka

International
Captain: Nick Price

Jason Day
Branden Grace
Adam Hadwin
Anirban Lahiri
Charl Schwartzel
Hideki Matsuyama
Jhonattan Vegas
Emiliano Grillo
Si-Woo Kim
Marc Leishman
Adam Scott
Louis Oosthuizen

I’ll be the first to say – beyond watching the game, beyond the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, and former president/celeb sightings, the players also offer some serious eye candy. But I digress…

Everything else you should know about your visit this weekend is here. If you love the game, the water, the green, the view of Manhattan or just being near the action – this is for you. Also, I passed through the installation of the Presidents Cup installation at the Oculus/Westfield Word Trade Mall on my late night journey home from work Sunday; it’s done and worth checking out.

A cool factor of this tourney is that no prize money is awarded and the net proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants.  The first 10 Presidents Cups raised over $32 million for charities around the world.

Image: Golf Digest

Other fun fact: Phil Mickelson has the most records for the Presidents Cup. I met him on the course of my family’s club years ago while he was filming a commercial there… and I can say I’ve also been in golf commericials 4 for the USGA. Adding to the very Venn Diagram JCG/GG #fullcircles.

Enjoy the best of Jersey City while you can access the amazingness of the very exclusive Liberty National.

 

Tee time,
JCG

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Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

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YAAAS, Jersey City. Shout out your Fourth of July Freedom from the rooftops, or just join the party on ground level at Liberty State Park for the Freedom & Fireworks Festival.

Here we have live bands, carnival rides, food & drink, and of course…fireworks on the Hudson River.

The best way to get to Liberty State Park is probably by bike, considering the long walk you will have by car or PATH methods. The next best option is the Light Rail. Please read NJ Transit Advisories for the Fourth of July Freedom & Fireworks Show to plan your trip for maximum fun.

See you there!
JCG

 

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Jersey City Deals

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DEALS & STEALS: Get ’em while they’re hot and save some $$$$$ in Jersey City.

For $35, enjoy a dinner for two at ME Casa, downtown’s Purto Rican resto (356 Varick St.). Includes one shared appetizer and two individual entrees. Details here.

Visit Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd.) and pay only $10 per person for admission. Read more here.

Spend only $58 for a two-hour murder mystery dinner for two people at Sanai’s (510 Summit Ave.). Read about my experience here. Purchase the deal for yourself here.

Dine at China Spice (839 Newark Ave.) and save $15 off your bill. Buy here.

Save up to 50% on Newark Airport parking. Read about packages here.

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Gridiron Glory Exhibit Opens Saturday!

An empty high school football field

Calling all football fanatics who are totally psyched that 2014’s Superbowl will be held at MetLife Stadium:

Liberty Science Center premieres its Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit this Saturday, September 28th. 

The exhibit tells a story of American sports, history and culture through various media. Relics, documents, photos, “rare artifacts,” interactive stations and a special section dedicated to our “Hometown Heroes”—the GIAnts and the Jets.

Highlights (taken from LSC‘s site) include:

  • The Tiffany’s-crafted Vince Lombardi Trophy
  • 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe
  • Items from the famed Immaculate Reception game
  • Jerseys worn by Mean Joe Green, Johnny Unitas, and many others

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without players. A full roster of former NY Giants and NY Jets will be stopping by to participate in science demonstrations and sports challenges with visitors. Plus, they’ll do a meet and greet afterward.

Full deets here.

 JCG

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