View an interactive course map and hole-by-hole layout. The path to the pin is laid out like a smooth green carpet. A bunker nestles right up against the front of the green on the par-3 17th, a familiar sight for any Bethpage veteran. In the event the hole is closed to allow the green to recover, the ninth hole is often split into a par-3 and par-4. #10, #13 and #15 each require grueling anti-gravity hikes. Drives to the left are OK, but the treeline and greenside traps will be working against you. The 184-/154-yarder features another diagonal shelf on the far side of a shallow depression, this one running from near-left to far-right. From this height and only 328 yards away, the green appears to be in play, but two bunkers in its neck say otherwise. Main All rights reserved. And by attempting to do so, you bring into play the left side of the green, where par attempts can go down the sidehill and up in smoke. Looks can be deceiving on a hole that appears level from the tee but actually plays the slightest bit uphill, with the trap the beneficiary of underclubbed shots. Behind Bethpage State Park's handsome clubhouse, the Black Course shines as the star, its "Warning" sign attracting the attention and camera flashes of first-time visitors. Bethpage State Park - Red Bethpage SP - … HOLE(S) TO REMEMBER:At a complex where the vast majority of par-3s are situated over depressions and gullies (we see you, Blue Course), Red #4 stands out for its angled target, danger beside the green (not just short of it) and awesome scenery. NEARBY COURSES:Bethpage - Black/Blue/Red/Yellow (on site)Eisenhower Park - Red/White/Blue (7 miles)Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course (8 miles)Peninsula Golf Club (9 miles). All content published on this site, including written entries and golf-course photography, is the property of Phil Carlucci and Golf On Long Island. Beefy bunkers guard the sides rather than the front. And once the Red has you on your heels, more often than not, the Red triumphs. Jimmy Lee manages the course as the Manager. Though the hole feels safe from the tee, its difficulty increases with every ball revolution away from the center of the fairway. The red course at Bethpage is the second toughest out of 5 courses at this golf mecca. As noted on this site in the past, the elevated #3 green is susceptible to heat stress in the summer months. The closing 18th reads like the moral of this story. The same can be said for the 337-yard eighth, where proper angles and accuracy carry extra importance given its surprisingly tiny putting surface. Keep walking down Main Street and you'll find places ranging from Mexican to Dominican to Vietnamese. The course rating is 75.4 and it has a slope rating of 144 on Rye grass. Even though out-of-bounds closely borders the left side of the fairway, the view of the 18th from the tee is wide open. Though these four County courses -- Bay Park, North Woodmere, Cantiague … Unless you stick one on the flat green, you'll be working on some form of tricky short-game recovery shot. Now players on the 367-yard second can clear the wide front bunker and attack the pin more aggressively, though the green is still tilted noticeably toward the back right. Once back through the tunnel to the clubhouse side, the Green Course concludes with what some consider the best finisher at the complex. Holes 8, 9 and 10 parallel each other and share clusters of strategically placed, irregularly shaped sand traps. This Closer Look post from August 2012 gives a full rundown of the hole and its playing options. Both turn near their midpoints inside tree-lined corridors, giving accurate shot-shapers an advantage. But patience is rewarded somewhat on the 16th, where Tillinghast hands players an elevated tee, a right-angle fairway and an opportunity to slice a 565-/535-yard par-5 in half with one sharp thwack. Share them with other Golf On Long Island readers by posting in the comments section below. Main It stresses strategy and accuracy, a potentially tall order after a stretch of holes forcing you to overcome pure distance. Both, however, offer a secluded feel that can't be found on the Red, Blue and Yellow courses. Share them with other Golf On Long Island readers by posting in the comments section below. 100 YEARS OF TRADITION. [1]  Today, it's one of only five Long Island public courses to receive 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest in its Best Places To Play listing. The march picks up again after brief interruption by the par-3 12th and the split-fairway 13th (see description below in Holes To Remember and in this "Closer Look" post). In the middle is a sweeping plain covered in sand and fescue. Deep drives along the right side set up the best angle into a green bordered on three sides by sand. And they're also the ones responsible for a high-trajectory approach with a soft landing in case you stray too far to the left side. Without clearly defined corridors, this section of the course offers up so much space you'll barely know what to do with it all. The 18th plays downhill into the same valley as #1, with a sand-guarded fairway leading to an elevated flag. SEE ALSO: Closer Look: Stonebridge Golf Links #7 Closer Look: Stonebridge Golf Links #4. Located in suburban Long Island in close proximity to New York City, Bethpage is a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses, including the world-renowned Bethpage Black . Keep walking down Main Street and you'll find places ranging from Mexican to Dominican to Vietnamese. [This flyover was updated on July 6, 2020.] B ethpage Golf Course is one of the most popular and cherished golf courses in the nation. SEE ALSO: Happy 80th Birthday, Bethpage Black Observations: Bethpage - Black Course, 8/26/10 The Black Course at Bethpage State Park needs no introduction. And these holes -- from doglegs curling through the trees to brutal cross-country hikes over the the park's wind-swept flatland -- are strong enough to make the Red a mainstay in national polls and frequent host of local tournaments. So natural, and so downright cool, is the 18th's amphitheater green that the USGA discussed using it instead of the Black's own 18th for the U.S. Open. Though some describe the Green Course as a "mini Black," the two have little in common besides the hilly real estate east of Round Swamp Road. But unlike the Black, it sports very few fairway bunkers -- in fact, you can count them on one hand. The short par-4 sixth stands out with a green running toward the front-left edge. Here, to get to the meat of the green, you'll have to go up and over a diagonal bunker that hugs the front-left corner of the surface. Back at #6, the fairway makes a sharp left turn -- almost a full 90-degree bend -- toward one of the Red's more sloped greens. And if that course can show off merely the best opening and closing holes at the 90-hole complex, then what else does it boast in between? One constant, no matter the section of the course, is the lack of motion within the greens. The second and third are good warm-ups for the longer and equally curvy par-4s up ahead. LAYOUT: Playing inside the hard-right turn of the Black's opener, Green #1 is 80 yards shorter than its neighbor, its bend to the right much less severe. Find out where to hit your drive, how to avoid traps and determine the best angles of approach. Shortcuts abound at the flat 387-yard fifth, which curls left around a pond. Though middle-tee players will lop off some of that distance right from the get-go, there's no dodging the headwinds present on a few of these holes, and the fescue and fairway bunkering can only be avoided with straight, accurate drives. CONTACT:99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale 11735(516) 249-0700bethpagegolfcourse.com, SEE ALSO:For a brief period 80 years ago, Bethpage was just Blue, Green and Red Golfweek ranks Bethpage Black #1 in its annual Best Municipal Courses listBethpage Black is Golfweek's Best Municipal for fifth straight yearBethpage, Tallgrass, Montauk Downs again among Golfweek's Best Courses in 2013Closer Look: Bethpage Red #13Observations: Bethpage - Red Course, 9/10/2010Long Island Dream Club: Bethpage - Red Course #8Bethpage Black tops Golfweek's 2012 Best Municipal listBethpage, Tallgrass, Montauk still New York's Best Courses You Can PlayGolf On Long Island's "Nassau 18" -- Bethpage Black #4, #8 and #15Bethpage Black is Golfweek's Best Muni for 2011Bethpage, Tallgrass, Montauk again among Best Courses You Can PlayGolf Digest names Bethpage one of America's "Most Important Courses"Bethpage, Montauk Downs crack Golfweek's Best Muni list (again). Its stadium green (first photo above) is strangled by bunkers, which ramps up the heroic nature of the final approach. Tongues of fairway in front of the par-3 greens give shorter players a safe option over the ridges and away from traps. Bay Park is one of the four County-operated nine-hole courses in Nassau, a wide-open par-30 that's perfect for beginners and those looking to iron out some wrinkles in their swings. NEARBY COURSES:Bethpage - Black/Blue/Green/Yellow (on site)Eisenhower Park - Red/White/Blue (7 miles)Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course (8 miles)Peninsula Golf Club (9 miles). The Red Course opened with the original Blue Course in 1935 -- one year ahead of the Black. To experience some of the famous hole designs built by early-1900s icons C.B. The course rating is 69.8 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Rye grass. Tillinghast course to open at Bethpage State Park, predating the Red Course by several months and the fearsome Black Course by a year. LAYOUT: For all but the most confident golfers, #1 on the Red is as intimidating as it is majestic, and not merely because it is regarded as one of the toughest opening holes to be found anywhere. On top of that hill sits the 10th tee. The next putt or chip will be nearly impossible to keep close to the hole, and a scoring opportunity on the 279-yard par-4 will be wasted. Bethpage State Park, a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the United States Open in 2002 and 2009, the Barclays in 2012 and 2016, the PGA Championship in 2019, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2025. And if there is one aspect of the course that is truly a miniature version of its Black Course counterpart, it is the downhill opener. The rough-strewn hillside leading up to the clubhouse blocks most glances at the elevated green. Sweeney's, while those seeking something more modern and with a nice outdoor patio can head to Campagne House. Any shot to the right will either be beached in a side trap or roll down the slope to the perimeter fence. Designed by Devereaux Emmet/A.W. #6 is the last breather of a par-4 for quite a while, as a series of grueling marches looms just ahead. Over in Bethpage, traditionalists might opt for the bar-and-grill experience at B.K. For permission to use photographs or text excerpts in your website or publication, please contact Golf On Long Island at phil@golfonlongisland.com. Google Earth Fly-Over of Bethpage Blue Course Detailed Maps and Yardage Charts: https://www.provisualizer.com/courses/bethpageblue.php The ninth is 449 yards from the middle tees -- go off line here and par is likely a pipe dream. //]]> Designed by A.W. The farther left you go off the tee, the more dangerous the deep greenside bunker becomes. Earlier this year, Golfweek ranked the Red #24 in its annual list of America's Best Municipal Courses and #10 in its list of Best Courses You Can Play in New York State. View key info about Course Database including Course description, Tee yardages, par and handicaps, scorecard, contact info, Course Tours, directions and more. Imprecise approach shots could leave anything from a daunting recovery effort out of the sand to an extra-delicate chip from a bad lie above the hole. 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Sweeney's, while those seeking something more modern and with a nice outdoor patio can head to Campagne House. At 6,378 yards from the tips, Green is nearly 1,100 yards shorter than its brawnier neighbor. The 133-yard third earned a spot in Newsday's Dream 18 for its uphill shot to an invisible green surrounded by trouble. Jimmy Lee manages the course as the Manager. Tillinghast (1935), Alfred Tull (1958, Redesign) Location: Farmingdale, New York History: Bethpage Blue was the first A.W. Drives down the left side are fine, though mounding that juts into the fairway blocks a clean view of the target. Google Earth Fly-Over of Bethpage Red Course Detailed Maps and Yardage Charts: https://www.provisualizer.com/courses/bethpagered.php Over in Bethpage, traditionalists might opt for the bar-and-grill experience at B.K. John Feinstein: Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black, William Quirin: America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf, Daniel Wexler: The Missing Links: America's Greatest Lost Golf Courses & Holes, Philip Young: Golf for the People: Bethpage and the Black, Philip Young: Golf's Finest Hour: The Open at Bethpage Black. Don't know how many square miles it is , but it's huge ! Designed by Devereaux Emmet/A.W. Just as the distance between the back nine and the clubhouse prevents nine-hole ventures, the extreme elevation of three back-nine teeboxes might dissuade some players from walking the course. The 18-hole Green course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course facility in Farmingdale, features 6,262 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Behind Bethpage State Park's handsome clubhouse, the Black Course shines as the star, its "Warning" sign attracting the attention and camera flashes of first-time visitors. « Long Island golf comes to your AM dial every Saturday with "On Par" on WGBB 1240 | The 1st hole is a par 4 over 400 yards with an elevated green. The course rating is 69.8 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Rye grass. Both have good food and lively bars. A huge hill (pictured above) looms to the left of #9, dwarfing the green at the end of the 532-yard par-5 and cramping the already heavily bunkered target. Two holes ahead, the surface is farther inside striking distance, for some, on the 279-yard 12th -- but given the trees, bunkers and a dramatically tiered green, it rarely pays to go for the glory. Well, for one, the Red Course at Bethpage, considered by most to be the toughest of the park's non-Black tracks, offers a fearsome gang of long par-4s. Another bunker sits front left, and to the left of the green, the rough slopes up toward the fourth tee. | Mill Pond offseason rates and aeration begin today, October 9 », [This flyover was updated on July 20, 2017.]. Thanks to a heap of simple visual deception and trickery, it may take a few rounds to figure out the 13th, a split-fairway par-4. The course has great features. Green is a shotmaker's course that allows players to recover even if they can't ignite fireworks off the tee with accuracy. Here, it's not. From the tees, there is very little for players to be wary of besides, on some holes, a dense treeline. Bethpage Red Golf Course Summary: The red course is widely considered the second best of the five courses making up the Bethpage experience, falling only behind the clear-cut winner, the Black Course.This track has plenty of teeth even though there is no water (I've included the white tee distances above as, frankly, very few golfers should ever attempt the back tees (I know I won't). Jimmy Lee manages the course as the Manager. The gallery will do plenty of judging based on that initial swat. Farmingdale has exploded recently with a slew of new and upbeat places for food and drink. They're the ones, after all, who will be digging your second shot out of a potentially poor lie from the right rough as you blindly aim them toward a hidden target. If the wide, sunken trap in front of the surface discourages you, the alternate route is a short play to a front-right tongue of fairway (pictured left, a rare option on any Bethpage par-3). Keeping on the topic of roller coasters, it's up, down and a hard turn to the left over the Green's next few holes. Designed by A.W. Some players might enjoy using (or being saved by) the backstop potential of the slope, as it trickles shots back down toward the hole. | Observations: Great Rock Golf Club's new 12th green », [This flyover was updated on July 20, 2017.]. Of course, popularity at Bethpage leads to long, stop-and-start rounds that can stretch into five-hour territory, especially on weekends. Bethpage State Park - Blue Bethpage … As noted in William Quirin's "America's Linksland," A.W. Tillinghast beaut has muddied the faces of thousands upon thousands of long irons. SEE ALSO: Closer Look: Bethpage Yellow #12, Tillinghast's Reef Hole. The surfaces are quick and smooth, and some, like the back-to-front opener, sport a noticeable tilt. Hey, you can always save energy and be a kid again by rolling back down the hillsides. Greens roll smoothly, fairways are lush and rough is evenly cut and playable. Senior New York State residents weekday walk up rates is $28.00 only. CONTACT:99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale 11735(516) 249-0700bethpagegolfcourse.com, SEE ALSO: For a brief period 80 years ago, Bethpage was just Blue, Green and RedChip Shot: Bethpage - Green Course, 1/9/2009Golf On Long Island's "Nassau 18" -- Bethpage Green #10 and #18"America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf" -- by William Quirin, NOTES:[1]  William Quirin, America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf, (Michigan: Sleeping Bear Press, 2002), p.181-182. Across the street, a recent regrading of the putting surface evaporated much of the fear factor that existed for players standing in #2's fairway or front bunker. The 18-hole Black course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course facility in Farmingdale, features 7,065 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Picnic areas , play grounds , indoor tennis courts ,miles of wooded bike paths that you can actually take to the ocean , a polo field , how many parks can say that , and the famous US Open Black Golf Course , along with the red , blue, green and yellow courses to play … Tillinghast, the Red golf course opened in 1935. The Yellow Course at Bethpage State Park carries around a reputation as the park's beginner course. Angled fairways force drivers to challenge the scruffy stuff, plus the dead-flat terrain and deceptive landmarks (note some of the trees in between holes) hide the best lines. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses, the Black, Red and Blue, as well as to modify the Lenox Hills Course which became the Green Course. For permission to use photographs or text excerpts in your website or publication, please contact Golf On Long Island at phil@golfonlongisland.com. [This flyover was updated on July 20, 2017.] Bethpage State Park has something for everyone except a pool ! Play to the outside of the fairways to remove the threat from greenside bunkers. TEE TIMES Bethpage State Park Golf Course Book A Tee Time NYS Resident Pricing Out of state pricing New York State RESIDENTS Green Fees Green, Blue, & Yellow The course rating is 73.0 and it has a slope rating of 127 on Rye grass. The are many elevation changes off tee boxes, greens, and fairways are moderately wide. Senior architecture editor Ron Whitten goes hole-by-hole on this sweeping flyover of the Black course at Bethpage. A visitor taking a stroll around the Bethpage State Park clubhouse and taking in the scenery for the first time might wonder why the Black Course is the only one of the quintet with a … On the split-fairway 13th, the green's front-to-back slant favors those heading in from the left-side route. VueMyGolf offers a range of video and still graphic styles with various file format options to suit evry golf course needs. Take an extra moment to consider the wind and the drop before pulling a club, even though there are no hazards long or short. The green course at Bethpage supposedly ranks as Bethpage's 2nd easiest course. There's a classic sports bar/grill (Croxley Ales); meatball-focused sports bar/grill (That Meatball Place); local brewery and tasting room (Lithology Brewing); and one of Long Island's best coffeehouses (Flux Coffee) -- all within about 100 feet of each other. There's a long way to go before the turn, thanks to a pair of 500-plus-yard par-5s. Unless they repeatedly find the center of the fairway, shorter hitters are the ones who come away with most of the bruises. The 18-hole Green course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course facility in Farmingdale, features 6,262 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. VueMyGolf offers various pricing and affordable membership options for golf courses to obtain the best 3D graphics for their golf courses. Tillinghast, the Green golf course opened in 1923. SEE ALSO: A Half Century in East Rock: Bay Park in the Midst of 50th-Anniversary Season. Click the link to view a detailed shot-by-shot fly-over on any device with Google Earth installed.. Bite off a chunk of the fairway by aiming over the water to the far end of the short grass; a powerful and accurate drive can leave no more than a wedge. SEE ALSO: Observations: North Woodmere Park GC (7/3/2014). With all that space, however, it's easy to overlook the benefit of maintaining angles by keeping shots to the right on these left-leaning three-shotters. Long and left is major trouble. In addition to 3D terrain, this will also allow you to … The final piece of the parallel, fescue-riddled quartet in the course's flat and sandy center, #14 stretches long and left, sharing hazards inside its bend with #10. In many cases fairway bunkers are surrounded by the thick stuff (see right). Course Name: Bethpage State Park Golf Course – Blue Course Designer: A.W. View key info about Course Database including Course description, Tee yardages, par and handicaps, scorecard, contact info, Course Tours, directions and more. Tillinghast modified the course as part of his role as a consultant in the design of the park golf courses. For walkers, this is the first of three strenuous climbs on the back nine. [This flyover was updated on July 1, 2019.] On the bright side, early-round logjams on the second tee have dissipated thanks to the new surface. All content published on this site, including written entries and golf-course photography, is the property of Phil Carlucci and Golf On Long Island. For those picking up the game either as an eager junior or as an adult looking for a new recreational outlet, the golf course at North Woodmere Park is an ideal place to start. After the par-3 seventh, Red rolls up its sleeves for a brawl. [This flyover was updated on May 13, 2017.] Macdonald and Seth Raynor, Long Island golfers need to find their way onto the courses of esteemed private clubs like National Golf Links, Piping Rock and Fisher's Island, to name … On the Black's left, the Red Course draws curious onlookers and waiting players with its formidable opener and challenging 18th. Bethpage Black to close November 16, Red and Green to follow Topgolf Long Island opening now expected for summer 2021 Great Rock sign confirms course is out of business SEE ALSO: Closer Look: Bethpage Red #13. 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Over parts of nine decades the A.W. The Red boasts only two par-5s, but at least a few of the par-4s on each side of the turn play like three-shotters, especially when facing into the wind. What once was a left-to-right slope that churned stomachs like the first drop of a roller coaster is now a softer, barely recognizable shell of its former self. Not sure which type of golf 3D flyover video and yardage book you need? If the wind is in your face, you won't get a reprieve ahead at #15, which is a touch longer at 438 yards from the middle tees and 482 from the tips. Safer shots are directed toward the short-right fringe, a closer, unprotected target from which two-putt or up-and-down pars are reasonable expectations. Opened in 1936 as part of the Depression Era public-works project that built Bethpage State Park, the Black Course arrived on the scene after the Lenox Hills Country Club became the Green Course and one year after A.W. High handicap players will be surprised on the difficulty if playing for the first time. Jimmy Lee manages the course as the Manager. Its green, cut into the middle of the hillside that leads back up to the clubhouse, is defended by a dangerously deep bunker on the left and the uneven nature of the sloping terrain on the right. The third and final ascent is up to the 15th tee, the starting point of the Green's lengthiest par-3. Flyover: Bethpage - Green Course [This flyover was updated on July 20, 2017.] And since #9 is about as close to Republic Airport as it is to the clubhouse, Green is not a destination for abbreviated nine-hole rounds. If all goes well, the drive will leave a second shot from the fairway -- it's the only hope of reaching the green in two. AREA(S) TO AVOID:The Red Course emerges from the trees after the seventh hole into a flat plain. Tillinghast, the Black golf course opened in 1936. Like most holes on the Green Course, neither par-5 throws out any fairway obstacles. HOLE(S) TO REMEMBER:On the Green Course, the playing areas are usually roomy and hazard-free off the tee, which makes it easy for players to get careless and hinder themselves with poor approach angles. Have thoughts and opinions on Bethpage Green? Straight drives can breach the edge of the fairway on both holes, and misses inside the bends often result in obstructed approach shots. In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park. There's a classic sports bar/grill (Croxley Ales); meatball-focused sports bar/grill (That Meatball Place); local brewery and tasting room (Lithology Brewing); and one of Long Island's best coffeehouses (Flux Coffee) -- all within about 100 feet of each other. As at least one course veteran has noted, despite its length, the Red Course can be brought down by short hitters who send the ball straight. Like many of its par-4s, the Red plays closer to a 4-1/2 -- in stars, not strokes -- according to Golf Digest's Places to Play ratings. While instinct says to keep the ball in play and err right, your irons will try to convince you of the importance of finding the center of the fairway. [CDATA[ You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. Both have good food and lively bars. Playing conservatively to the outside of the turn instead of the aggressive line toward a trio of drive-zone bunkers adds two or three clubs to the approach shot. In fact, much of the hole is pitched toward the inside of the dogleg -- the fairway funnels balls to the left rough, and the green runs toward the front-left corner. A gentle fade works best on the 17th and should leave you in position away from the water hazard and short of the cross bunker with a middle iron to the green. AREA(S) TO AVOID: The two tiers of the 12th green are separated by a steep ridge that can be an asset or a major burden when the flag is in the middle of the green at the foot of the slope. [This flyover was updated on August 12, 2019.] CONDITIONS: Despite its heavy daily traffic, the Green Course is maintained just as well as, if not better than, the rest of the courses at Bethpage. While the back side of #4 would be a fantastic place to watch the final holes of a Bethpage Black U.S. Open, it's an awful place to miss on this one-shotter. Usually it's a relief when shots come to rest just short of or next to a bunker. Of the 14 par-4s and par-5s, only four have a fairway bunker within reach of the most powerful drives. Final drives ping from the teebox of what some argue is the finest par-4 on the course. The downhill tee shot is just as dramatic, and a well-executed one to either side of the fairway leaves anything from an 8-iron to a wedge into the green. Farmingdale has exploded recently with a slew of new and upbeat places for food and drink. Combined with the relative shortness of the course, the hilly terrain and the varying styles of holes, the excellent conditions make it a fan favorite and a popular pick for those who can't get on the Black or Red. It also features a backside collection area. All rights reserved. Six of the next eight holes are par-4s that measure 418, 466, 492, 462, 466 and 482 yards from the back tees. Meanwhile, to its right, the Green Course simply starts with a short, downhill par-4 before it crosses the street, turns away from the Black and meanders its way around the woods in solitude. Up ahead, the par-3 seventh appears as if #4's mirror image. Once atop the plateau, finish up on a small, slightly back-to-front green. You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. WHERE TO GRAB A BITE AND A BEER:It's hard to make a case against staying put with a burger and a Sam Adams while looking out over the Black Course, but if there's an itch to go elsewhere, the downtown areas of Farmingdale and Bethpage each have plenty to offer. Posted in Bethpage, For Beginners, Nassau Courses, Nassau Courses: 18-hole, Nassau Courses: North Shore/Central | Permalink. Three years before the Blue and Red and four years before the Black, the Green offered a winding layout and scenic views to public golfers. « Sixth annual Pink Rock Classic, October 11 at Great Rock Golf Club | A water hazard between #5 and #17 collects right-handed hooks and pulls. window.__mirage2 = {petok:"d443c73ddd022839fbc4a8eff6b7757f886b4597-1606923628-1800"}; A visitor taking a stroll around the Bethpage State Park clubhouse and taking in the scenery for the first time might wonder why the Black Course is the only one of the quintet with a warning sign beside its opening tee. GOLI's Images of America: Long Island Golf -- BUY THE BOOK. Whichever route is taken, the end result is a gorgeous view of the Black Course and Bethpage's lower valley from a plateau above the Black's par-3 17th and beside its 18th tee. Waiting groups congregate around the starter's booth above the first tee, likely impatient and on edge from Bethpage's early check-in and backed-up tee sheet. Bethpage State Park - Black Bethpage Black Bethpage Black will take center stage in the golf world at the 101st PGA Championship, and deservedly so. In 1958, Alfred Tull was hired to build a Yellow Course … The 18-hole Red course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course facility in Farmingdale, features 6,756 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Trust the scorecard and tee markers on #4, a 181-/171-yard par-3 with distance that's hard to gauge thanks to the falloff behind the green. The teebox subtly points you toward the left side, where water and a patch of trees are major obstacles. Enjoy an aerial view of each hole, GPS distance, yardage book and more. Surely that course just over there to the left -- the one with the daunting uphill climb to a green far out in the distance, and the one returning home via a down-and-up, sand-fortified 18th -- is ill-suited for all but the most skilled golfers too, right? A climb up to #13 tee reveals a sweeping view of a 553-yard par-5 with a very slight bend to the left. Posted in Bethpage, Nassau Courses, Nassau Courses: 18-hole, Nassau Courses: North Shore/Central | Permalink. Great bargain for retired senior citizens. [This flyover was updated on July 20, 2017.] With the exception of the sand complex on #13 and some frontside bunkers on the par-3s, there are no center-line hazards on the course, and there is no water. Bethpage Black has a finish remembered for two clubs — 6-iron and 9-iron — that Lucas Glover hit off the tee and onto the green when he won the 2009 U.S. Open. Don't be lulled into carelessness though, because much of that open real estate between #8, #9 and #10 is riddled with traps and long, club-clutching fescue. Even a strong tee shot down the center could require a hybrid approach just to reach the top of the plateau (pictured; click to enlarge). John Feinstein: Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black, William Quirin: America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf, Daniel Wexler: The Missing Links: America's Greatest Lost Golf Courses & Holes, Philip Young: Golf for the People: Bethpage and the Black, Philip Young: Golf's Finest Hour: The Open at Bethpage Black. It's back down the hill at #4, a picturesque 344-yard par-4. GOLI's Images of America: Long Island Golf -- BUY THE BOOK. The Green Course, once the Devereux Emmet-designed Lenox Hills Country Club until it was absorbed into the new state park in 1932, is the original Bethpage layout. WHERE TO GRAB A BITE AND A BEER:It's hard to make a case against staying put with a burger and a Sam Adams while looking out over the Black Course, but if there's an itch to go elsewhere, the downtown areas of Farmingdale and Bethpage each have plenty to offer. Nine courses participating in Golfing Mag's 2020 "Free Golf" Program Bay Park, Merrick open for play All Long Island public golf courses open except two Nassau municipal courses Golf Course Flyovers GolfLink’s hole-by-hole flyovers give you an interactive, bird’s eye view of more 14,000 golf courses in the United States. Tillinghast, the Green golf course opened in 1923. View Course in Google Earth. If your hybrid and 4-iron are slumping come tee time, hopefully it's not too late to bail and play the Green or the Yellow instead. Almost all of the sand on the Green Course is in place to protect the small, sloping greens. Have thoughts and opinions on Bethpage Red? // Quilt Shops In Michigan Upper Peninsula, Whitworth Outside Scholarships, Eating Out After A Heart Attack, Hande Erçel Tv Shows, Air King 9550 Parts, When To Divide Amaryllis Bulbs, Anor Londo Dark Souls Walkthrough, Aquatic Plants For Ponds, Cressida Cress Recipes, Washtenaw County Health Disparities,