Bethpage State Park (Black course)


5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   Bethpage State Park (Black course) Est. 1936

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Bethpage State Park (Black course): The immediate area around the "Big Apple" is not burgeoning with quality public golf courses. For many New Yorkers the solution is to drive a few miles east onto Long Island where Bethpage State Park certainly does its part in filling the void. Located just north of Farmingdale, you'll find a world-class layout, the Black course, and four other 18-hole courses, all radiating out from the same large clubhouse.

In the mid-1930s, when A.W. Tillinghast went out to survey Bethpage Park for the purposes of expanding New York's golf facilities, he quickly realised that one parcel of land in particular would yield a fabulous layout. On this undulating piece of wooded terrain, to the east side of the other courses, he crafted the Black course. This out-and-back roaming layout now ranks with the best in the United States.

Before teeing off on the Black (alongside the opening tee of the Green course), you are minded to read the sign at the starter's hut: "The Black Course is an extremely difficult course, which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers." Never a truer word!

The first couple of holes, par-4s that dogleg in opposite directions, one downhill, the next uphill, may have you wondering what all the fuss is about. But at the par-5 4th any doubts are banished, the wow-factor kicks-in and it's full throttle for the rest of the round. Not only does the layout provide a very enjoyable walk in pleasant woodland surroundings, it will also thoroughly test your game. Superb fairway and greenside bunkering, plenty of elevation change, fescue grasses and ball grabbing rough around the greens, all see to that. There are flatter stretches and others with plenty of elevation change. Some holes are relatively wooded, others more open. Encircling the entire layout is tranquil woodland.

"Tillie's" layout builds to a wonderful four-hole closing stretch (on the west side of Round Swamp Rd). Here the greenside bunkering seems to take on even more ferocious proportions, especially at the final devilish duo. The Black's par-3 17th is one of the world's most fiercely bunkered "short" holes; from the tee you don't see the green, just the bunkers. The par-4 18th, which comes back up to the clubhouse alongside the first hole of the Red course, is one of the best elevated-tee to elevated-green straightaway par-4s you'll ever play.

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Making Contact

Bethpage State Park Golf Courses
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd,
Farmingdale, New York 11753
USA
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Office   +1 (516) 249 0700
Pro Shop   +1 (516) 249 4040
Fax

  +1 (516) 249 2580

Email  
Website   www.nysparks.com/golf-courses
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Joe Rehor (Director of Golf)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Woodland.
 
Designer: Original design by Albert W. Tillinghast with later modifications by Rees Jones (1998, 2008).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7468 6684 6223
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 76.6 73.8 77.0
 
At the Same Location:
There are five 18-hole courses at Bethpage State Park, all five radiate out from the same clubhouse. The courses, in generally accepted rank order are: Black course (par-71, 7468 yds from back tees; est 1936); Red course (par-70, 7092 yds; est 1935); Blue course (par-72, 6678 yds; est 1935); Green course (par-71, 6378 yds; est 1932 as Lennox Hills GC); Yellow course (par-71, 6324 yds; est 1958).
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How2Get There?

1 mi NW of Farmingdale centre, Long Island / 33 mi E of New York City (Times Square, Manhattan).

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes (Black course) for non-New York State residents: weekdays $130; weekends $150. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Non-residents of New York state can register with the NY Golf Registration System to allow the booking of a tee-time two days ahead of the date of play. If you are not registered, you can only book a tee-time on the actual day of play.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. A walking only course; no golf carts allowed.
Caddies available for hire.
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Bethpage Black has hosted many top level tournaments and national championships, including US Open Championships and FedEx Cup playoffs, see Major Golf Tournaments at Bethpage State Park, Black course.
The five 18-hole golf courses at Bethpage State Park are operated by the New York Office of Parks & Recreation.

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 38th best course and 8th best public course in the USA; 7th best course in New York state.
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Location

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Latitude: (40.741543)
Longitude: (-73.45459)
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