After a nice recovery for a par three on #17, I limped in with a double bogey on #18 for a round of 84. The first thing you notice about Bethpage Black once you arrive is the size of the facility, Bethpage has 5 golf courses with the Black course being the most famous. With some local knowledge and help we got a 3pm tee time but twilight was 7pm on that day and there is no way you complete this course in less than 4h40mins, we knew we had a tough job. 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. 2 in our Top 30 Blue Course: Ranked No. Bethpage Black Course Review. In 2002, the Black Course became the first p ublicly owned and operated course to host the U.S. Open, which returned in 2009. It is the most difficult of the five courses at Bethpage State Park. 2 California, No. Played the Black this summer after the PGA Championship. The Clubhouse at Bethpage, which is the center for all five golf courses. Black Course: Ranked No. With approximately 15,000 golf courses of all different types and sizes in the United States, the Black Course at Bethpage State Park has consistently ranked among the top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America per Golf Digest for nearly twenty years (highest rank #26).Last year Bethpage Black was ranked the #8 Public Course in America. Bethpage Black Golf Course is one of the five 18-hole golf courses in Bethpage State Park. Growing up in New England, my friends and I did the overnight trek to Bethpage. But one in all it is tough, you will not lose balls but if not very sharp forget scoring. 2 in our Top 30 Blue Course: Ranked No. The course was ranked 37th on Golf Digest's most recent ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses., ... work began on one of the new courses (Bethpage Blue) in … It may sounds funny but I had the feeling of being one of those pesky flies landing on an elephant that are really not noticed. I played Bethpage Black (and two of the other courses) on two separate occasions over the last few years, both times in the summer. I decided to go for it. The sense of space and scale of this beast are like no other course I have experienced. send. Located in Farmingdale, it is approximately 55km from Manhatten. I played as a single golfer and both times had no issues getting on the Black. send. - Par 4 15th: stroke index 2, I hit a perfect drive and 4 iron to a 30 feet elevated green, for amateurs it is a good par 5! There’s nary a weak hole on the course (if you squint, maybe #18?) I have played some other Tillie’s venues and this one is different: extremely tough from the tee (if you miss to the rough it is a lay up almost always), very difficult and demanding on approach shots at many greens are elevated quite a bit and very well protected by bunkers and not so tough on the greens despite a decent speed but with not many breaks or slopes as maybe Winged Foot. The most famous is the Black Course, which has come to global fame having hosted the 2001 and 2009 US Open. Bethpage Black is getting all the attention this week for the 101st PGA Championship, as it so rightfully deserves for being one of the most difficult and well-known public courses around.. The course rating is 75.4 and it has a slope rating of 144 on Rye grass. I was five over par through fourteen holes on one of the toughest courses I’d ever played – with a decent chance at shooting a score in the 70s – despite zero preparation whatsoever. Previous ranking: 38, Panelist comments: The U.S. has four municipal golf courses presently in the U.S. Open or PGA Championship rotation: Bethpage Black, TPC Harding Park, Chambers Bay and Torrey Pines South. share. In its July 2008 list of America’s greatest golf courses, Golf Digest ranked Bethpage Black #26 overall, #6 in the state of New York, #6 of America’s 50 toughest courses, and #5 in its list of America’s greatest public golf courses. It's well routed with a huge variety of holes, terrific bunkering, cool visuals and it's reputation gives you the feeling that you've conquered something by just getting through 18 hols It isn't the most "fun" course, but at the same time playing less than horrible at Bethpage puts a smile on your face and leaves you wanting another crack at it. I think it also has one of the best finishing stretches in golf. Bethpage is well worth the trip, and anytime you see it on television moving forward, you will forever be blown away by the professionals’ ability to tackle seemingly impossible shots. Players unanimously agreed that the Black was one of the finest courses in the world, a supreme test of golf and eminently fair. - Par 3 8th: only water hazard on the course which for many doesn’t come into play, elevated tee to a very long green that if you misse sideways you will be challenged. If so, which tee will you choose? 0 people found this review helpful The background of the course is the basic foundation that made the course what it currently is. #15, as many have touted, is one of the toughest par fours anywhere. Golf Course: Tee times can be made 7 days in advance for NY State residents and 2 days in advance for non-residents. The golf course has ranked among the top 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Tee-to-green at Bethpage Black is quite demanding, yet once on the dance floor, the putting surfaces aren’t nearly as challenging. Rankings. You just walk up to the reception to see when the next available tee time is (there are monitors like in an airport) - then walk up to the counter, pay your fees (around $150 for out of state) get a bracelet and get ready to play. Growing up in New England, my friends and I did the overnight trek to Bethpage. sms. The U.S. has four municipal golf courses presently in the U.S. Open or PGA Championship rotation: Bethpage Black, TPC Harding Park, Chambers Bay and Torrey Pines South. “Had the Black course never been built, the Red, with its many strong doglegged holes, might have received similar acclaim,” commented Tom Doak in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses. But odds are you, you'll find some of the fairway and greenside bunkering -- some of the most intimidating and aesthetically pleasing bunkers you'll see in the U.S.”, “What an exceptional design! Ufff, yes! The rough is beyond belief, especially when it grows out in peak season. Jimmy Lee manages the course as the Manager. The Black really is as difficult and penal as the high slope rating suggests. 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. the massive bunkers build the closer you get to the green and perhaps the better play is out to the right leaving a short chip in if going for the green surface which is elevated well protected with bunkers and running away from the line of play. A round at Bethpage is indeed a wonderful experience. In its July 2008 list of America's greatest golf courses, Golf Digest ranked Bethpage Black #26 overall, #6 in the state of New York, #6 of America's 50 toughest courses, and #5 in its list of America's greatest public golf courses. (photo by Golf Guides USA) Black Course: Ranked No. At the opposite end of the spectrum from the private retreats is Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, which is tops on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list for New York. - Par 4 18th: not long, bit the view from the tee box intimidates. Unfortunately, I got a late start that day and the first time available when I arrived around noon was at 2:30 p.m., so I took it. Would I make a trip to come out and play Yes, I did before and I'll certainly do it again. In October 2018, he became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup. Bethpage Black Course Guide – USPGA Championship 2019. PGA Championship, He also insisted on playing everything out. The range is somewhat makeshift but after all this is a public course. And, while the tips are obviously beastly, playing from another set of tees will force the golfer to use all of the clubs in their bag, even if that means laying up on certain shots. Bethpage Black Course Review. shares. Lowry’s sentiments about Bethpage Black’s conditioning were echoed by Dustin Johnson, the No. Bethpage Black is one of five 18-hole courses at Bethpage State Park. The Black course is a beast. This is a real "Beauty and the Beast" golf course and as such a worthy conclusion to our tour of the world's toughest golf courses. The town itself is nothing special but once you get into the state park, things change quickly. Given, nobody was doing that and there was a very strong wind, he didn't care about the advice of the caddies either. It’s not for the faint hearted. 19 in our Top 30 Director of Golf: Jimmy Lee, PGA General Information and Wait Times: 516-249-0700 Pro Shop: 516-249-4040 Reservations: 516-249-0707 Reserved tee times are available for a fee of $5 extra per person. It starts with the first hole (and the infamous sign), but then just keeps pounding you. It is also the top-ranked course in the Golf Digest list that is operated by a governmental entity. 2 years ago. Standout holes on Bethpage from a topography standpoint include the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 15th, and 16th. Once your tee time is approaching, just walk up to the starter, join your group and off you go. sms. In my case, a drive into the fairway bunker left me with a debate as to whether to attempt to carry the cross bunker dividing the fairway in two at approximately 150 yards from the green. The background of the course is the basic foundation that made the course what it currently is. See other reviews from Adam Tomasiello. More Golfweek. See other reviews from Zachary. pin. Major championship golf returns to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, one of the top-ranked public courses in the country, in May for the 101st playing of the PGA Championship. The provisional was solid and found the fairway, but even still left me with a 200-yard shot up a huge hill to a green I couldn’t see. Northern Trust, Very hard course and I'd say one of the hardest in the Top 60-70. By deactivated December 1, 2016 1:01 am shares. 100 Greatest History: Ranked 1967-1976, 1997-1998 and since 2001. While you are still thinking about what more Bethpage golf course could offer. Multiple picture worthy holes, especially #4, which is breathtaking when looking down the valley from the 3rd green. Bethpage Black Golf Course - Bethpage Black Golf Course is one of the five 18-hole golf courses in Bethpage State Park. Highest ranking: No. B ethpage Golf Course is one of the most popular and cherished golf courses in the nation. Suffice to say that was a rude awakening for him and he clearly didn't read the experts only sign. The Bethpage Black course really is as difficult and penal as the high slope rating suggests. email. 1 among Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in New York. Played Bethpage Black, the PGA championship course from this year. See other reviews from David Davis, "A good course to seek out if in the area, worthy of a full day out". Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. See other reviews from Alexander Esposito. The entire experience in the parking lot is surreal, and unlike virtually any other in sports today (outside of my time tenting for Duke basketball). The terrain it’s on is unbelievable – even the flatter portions have wild and deceptive undulations to them – and Tillinghast used it well. We had decided a trip to NY almost 1 year ago and this one was one of the ones we wanted to play together with a couple of privates we got access to but as everybody knows, getting an anticipated tee time is almost impossible. Respond to above review The Black course opened in 1936 and was designed by AW Tillinghast who also designed the Red and Blue courses. Bethpage State Park (Black), located in Farmingdale, New York, is ranked No. However, before I relocated from the East to graduate school back in the Midwest, I decided to make the trip up to New York and get a morning-of tee time at Bethpage’s legendary Black Course the year before it was to host the U.S. Open for the second time. 2 years ago. But it is even tougher to get a tee time! 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