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The toughest of five golf courses at Bethpage State Park on Long Island and the “people’s course,” the infamous Bethpage Black golf course warns players before the first tee of its severe difficulty. It’s a restored A.W. Tillinghast design that features raised greens, deep, splashed bunkers and narrow fairways on severe hills. Bethpage Black Course is a difficult and challenging course. The course is for walkers only and its slope rating is one of the highest in the northeast. This was one of the last courses designed by master golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, and is said by many to be his finest work. The Black Course served as the site of the 102nd U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. PGA Championship is slated to be held at the Black in 2019. Bethpage Black’s well earned reputation for one of the most punitive course with its narrow fairways, high roughs, well placed bunkers and deceptively tough to read small greens help to make this a perennial PGA tour championship venue. The Barclays FedEx Cup playoff event was held at Bethpage Black in 2012. The PGA Tour and Barclays has signed a four-year extension as title sponsor, and that its tournament would be played at Bethpage Black again in 2016. In 2019, the PGA Championship will be played for the first time at the Black course. The Ryder Cup is scheduled for 2024.
Ever since Bethpage Black started hosting major PGA tour championship events the demand for tee-times has been tremendous and close to impossible to secure, especially for non-New York residents. NY Golf Shuttle has been making it possible and hassle-free to play a round of golf at Bethpage Black since 1997. Whether it is to entertain friends and family or hold a corporate outing to entertain business associates, we are here to serve you! Click Here to request your tee times for Bethpage Black.
Bethpage State Park, is 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. Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club.
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. Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course which became the Green Course. Due to the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course designed by Alfred Tull was opened in 1958. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played each season
As you can imagine, there is quite a demand to play. Up until a few years ago, play on Bethpage Black was on a first-come, first served basis. Those who were “first” typically came the evening before and slept in their cars for the opportunity to play the fabled course. Today, tee times can be made 7 days in advance for NY State residents and 2 days in advance for non-residents. But, some tee times (one per hour and all the first hour’s times) are set aside on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so golfers still camp out in the Bethpage parking lot. In a far lot, spaces are numbered and each new arrival pulls in – backing in only – to the next available spot. Walking around the grounds is forbidden so the golfers drop back the seats and get whatever sleep they can manage.
Tickets for the first available tee times are handed out about 90 minutes before the first tee times, which begin at 5:30 a.m. on the long days of summer. In the past only one player per foursome was required to spend the night to reserve a time for the entire foursome but these days it is one ticket per man. So one player still needs to get there early for a good time but the others don’t need to show up until just before the tickets are handed out. If camping out is not an option the civilized way to tee up at this course is to let NY Golf Shuttle handle all the necessary arrangements to secure your tee time. For tee-times and pricing, click here.
Bethpage is the largest public golf facility in the world, with five 18-hole golf courses centered around one clubhouse. It is golf on the grand scale. Bunkers are huge; the front nine is wooded, completely surrounded by trees, and the back nine has some characteristic of Scottish links style but the holes are wide open. From the championship tees, the Black Course can play at 7,495 yards. Bethpage Black is on every compiler’s list of best courses in America, whether public or private.
The five courses at Bethpage State Park– Bethpage Black, Red, Green, Yellow and Blue (from hardest to least difficult)– were created as a W.P.A. project during the Depression of the 1930s. Over 1800 workers transformed 1475 acres of rolling woodlands into a parkland devoted to recreation with picnic areas, playing fields, horse trails and tennis courts in addition to the five golf courses. A.W. Tillinghast, who has designed some of America’s greatest golf courses, designed three of the courses at Bethpage (Black, Red and Blue). Bethpage Black was the final course he designed in his luminous career.
The Black Course, one of Bethpage State Park’s five courses, as well as its most difficult, is the longest golf course, at 7,414 yards, in US Open history. It is also the first U.S. Open to feature a two-tee start, as well as it being the first time in its 102-year history, the U.S. Open was played at a municipal, daily-fee public golf course.
In April 1995, the USGA had agreed that Bethpage Black was a strong enough course to host the US Open, but not in its current condition. It was a public course that saw more than 35,000 rounds a year and was in need of extensive renovations. There were bunkers that had lost their original contours, fairways with serious drainage problems and greens that needed to be completely refurbished. The task was to bring the Bethpage Black – the most difficult of the five courses in this park complex owned and operated by the State of New York – to tournament conditions without destroying its essential character as a public golf course. Course designer Rees Jones estimated at that time it would take $3 to $4 million to bring the Bethpage Black up to Open quality. It was a combined restoration and a modernization project for which Jones donated his time for free. Work included construction of championship tees, restoration of all fairway and greenside sand bunkers and green surface expansions on select holes. The original Tillinghast routing of the holes had remained unchanged, as had most of the green surfaces. What had changed were the trademark bunkers. Years of wear and tear, low maintenance budgets, storms, and hundreds of thousands of rounds of golf had taken their toll. The USGA eventually spent $2.7 million to renovate the Black Course, which included reviving the size and scale of Tillinghast’s original bunkers. Rees Jones carefully studied photographs from the archives and an aerial photograph of Bethpage Black taken in 1938. Some of the bunkers had been abandoned or had caved in during heavy rains and were left to become grassy slopes. In other cases, as to the right of the second green, one large bunker had become three or four small shapeless bunkers. Jones’ team rebuilt every fairway bunker on the Black Course except the large one on the seventh hole. In every case, the characteristic Tillinghast features of noses, fingers, and bays were meticulously restored. Several of the fairway bunkers were moved forward to better serve their original intent of penalizing errant shots, especially in light of the huge distances pros are hitting their drivers these days. Most of the greenside bunkers were moved closer to the putting surfaces. The greens on holes three, eight, fifteen and seventeen were slightly enlarged to give more hole positional options. To create a tougher finish, the side of the putting surface of the 18th was reduced to half the original size. The contours were left alone with Stimpmeter reading of a fast 12. A Stimpmeter is a ramp that allows for consistent and fair measurement of green speed on a particular course. The distance the ball rolls, in feet, is the speed or “stimp” reading for the green. The instrument was invented by Mr. Edward S. Stimpson in 1936 and later implemented for use by the USGA in 1978.
In general, 350 yards were added to the Bethpage Black. The seventh hole, previously a 585-yard par 5, now plays as a 479-yard par 4, bringing the course to a par-70 from its standard par-71 layout.On June 10, 1998 after a year of renovations in preparation for the 102nd US Open Championship in 2002, the famous Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale officially re-opened to the public. Despite all of these changes, it did not stop Tiger Woods from winning his second US Open on 16th of June 2002.This was the sixth time that Rees Jones had overseen renovation of a US Open Course. His restoration projects include: The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. (1988); Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska, Minn. (1991); Baltusrol G.C. (Lower), Springfield, N.J. (1993); Congressional C.C., Bethesda, Md. (1997); and Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C. (1999). Bethpage is open to everyone. It is a daily fee course, with more than 30,000 rounds played per year. Green fees are $65-$130 on weekdays and $75-$150 on weekends.
Bethpage Black Course is a difficult and challenging course that should be played only by low-handicap golfers and golfers with sound golf swing. The course is for walkers only and its slope rating is one of the highest in the northeast. This was one of the last courses designed by master golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, and is said by many to be his finest work. The Black Course served as the site of the 102nd U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. The narrow fairways, high roughs, well placed bunkers and small greens help make this an extremely difficult course.The Black Course is closed Mondays for course maintenance except holidays.