Bethpage State Park (Blue course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Bethpage State Park (Blue course) Est. 1935

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Bethpage State Park (Blue course): Four parkland courses (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow) lie in the shadow of Bethpage's world-renowned Black course. Designed by the great A.W. Tillinghast, the Blue and Red courses at Bethpage opened for play in 1935, a year ahead of the Black. In 1958 Alfred Tull was commissioned to design the new Yellow course for the park. He absorbed some holes from the Blue into his new layout, while designing replacement holes for the Blue and revising others. The Blue is therefore a hybrid Tillinghast-Tull creation.

Laid out in two nine-hole loops that set-off from the large Bethpage clubhouse (or to be more precise the parking area), the Blue is a popular course for both 18-hole and 9-hole rounds. It is generally regarded as third in line of the five Bethpage courses, with the Red course (aka "Black-light") bordering the Blue's closing four-hole stretch to the north. To the south of the first three holes lies the Yellow course.

In keeping with all five Bethpage courses, there is very little water to worry about, in fact there isn't any at all on the Blue course. Also in character with its siblings, the putting surfaces tend to be uniformly small and circular. The typically tree-lined fairways, not mounded or sculpted, gently dogleg their way past mature trees and occasionally more open areas. The Blue's front-nine occupies some of the park's hilliest terrain, calling for a number of blind tee shots to hidden landing areas and elevated greens. The tougher front-nine gives way to a flatter shorter and easier-going back-nine.

MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: The par-4 6th is often regarded as one of the toughest on the entire Bethpage complex. Requiring a draw from the tee, the hole heads downhill from the tee, then back-up to a well-bunkered small circular green.

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Bethpage State Park Golf Courses
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd,
Farmingdale, New York 11753
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Office   +1 (516) 249 0700
Pro Shop   +1 (516) 249 4040
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  +1 (516) 249 2580

Email  
Website   www.nysparks.com/golf-courses
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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 significant modifications by Alfred Tull (1958).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6678 6426 6060
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 71.8 70.6 74.7
 
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 (Blue, Green or Yellow courses) for non-New York State residents: weekdays $38; weekends $43. [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. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.
Caddies available for hire.
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

The five 18-hole golf courses at Bethpage State Park are operated by the New York Office of Parks & Recreation.

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Latitude: (40.741543)
Longitude: (-73.45459)
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