Farmingdale, New York
Bethpage State Park Golf Courses
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99 Quaker Meeting House Rd
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1813, United States
The most famous of the five courses here is the Black Course, a supremely tough A.W. Tillinghast design restored by Rees Jones in advance of the 2002 U.S. Open. The Black hosted the Open again in 2009 and will host the 2024 Ryder Cup matches.
In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club (now the Green Course) and other adjacent properties to build what is now Bethpage State Park. A.W. Tillinghast designed and oversaw construction of the Black, Red and Blue courses, and modified the Lenox Hills Course (Green) course. With the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course opened in 1958 and now 300,000 rounds are played annually on the five courses at Bethpage, all of which start from the clubhouse area.
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rnv31333 - 9/21/14
Played a round on the Black course in early September 2014. An over priced public golf course for a non resident and not as iconic as anyone would have one believe, but fair pricing for NY State Residents. I think the resident policy needs some re-evaluation (a drivers license does not make you a resident) Half the fairways were sandy, the greens were pock marked with un-repaired ball marks and I understand that a lot of rounds are played each year. The other down side as far as I am concerned is that Golf has put too high a premium on being extra long off the tee and not enough in shot making, this is reflected in the length at the Black course, if you are not 280+ off the tee, I think that an extra set of forward tees will allow you to experience the wonderful A.W. Tillinghast design. The 10 - 18 handicap player would really get to enjoy this course if it was not for the arrogance of the club. Also, it is beyond any thinking on why there are no holes in the practice putting green, Is not this a game played with the objective of getting a ball in a hole? Pure laziness.
I expected extraordinary playing conditions for the green fees, not an excuse that there are so many rounds played each year.
Golf should not be about arrogance or the fact that PGA Events are played on this course, it should be about the love of the game. There are many other iconic courses that hold to this standard.
Jammer90 - 8/14/14
The course was awesome, very long on the back and taking a caddie would make the walk much easier.
SBob49 - 7/28/13
Beautiful Facility. The Blue course was in great shape. We played on a Monday and were out within 5 minuets of our tee time. It took about 4.5 hours to complete the round.
dochamgoiu - 7/15/13
What a layout! Course strategy is a must. Greens are in excellent shape and very receptive. They putt extremely well. Out of state fees are pretty pricey, but well worth it! I'm looking forward to going back!
jtravers10 - 6/24/13
Great Public Course
vabbene - 2/13/13
well maintained, greens can be fast but are in excellent shape considering the play. Pace can be slow, play only during week if possible.
Vivek - 10/19/12
Played in heavy rain. Had to walk - tough course made even tougher dragging my bag on a pull cart. Greens are exceptional, drained really well in heavy rain. Rough was tough.
mdellaselva - 10/16/12
The Blue is probably the third best course at BP. Interesting layout with mix of dog legs and elevation changes. Course is long and pace of play is SLOW,SLOW, and SLOW, over 5.5 hours.
one1putt - 7/25/12
Love playing Bethpage Black, it has it all.
DLCIII - 5/23/12
Bethpage continues to be a terrific public golf facility. With 5 courses, all in excellent condition by the way, it never fails to impress me. With the amount of play this place gets it is amazing how the condition of the courses is always top shelf. You can not get a better value anywhere on Long Island. Just be prepared for a slower pace of play...
Best Score: 63
Bethpage Red / White
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