Bethpage State Park Golf Courses

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd,

Farmingdale, New York 11735

  • Office

    +1 (516) 249 0700
  • Pro shop

    +1 (516) 249 4040
  • Fax

    +1 (516) 249 2580
  • Golf pro

    Kelley Brooke (LPGA, Academy owner and Director of Instruction).
  • Academy

    Golf Channel Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:


  • Designer:

    Original design by Albert W. Tillinghast, with significant modifications by Alfred Tull (1958).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

The five 18-hole courses at Bethpage State Park, which all radiate out from the same clubhouse, are (in typical ranking order): Black course (par-71, 7468 yds from back tees); Red course (par-70, 7092 yds); Blue course (par-72, 6678 yds); Green course (par-71, 6378 yds); Yellow course (par-71, 6324 yds).






How to get there:

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

Bethpage State Park (Blue course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1935

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.

Pick of the 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.

List of courses: Around New York City


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.

Green fees

Visitor fee (non-New York State residents), 18-holes (weekdays/weekends): Black course $140/$160; Red course $90/$100; Green, Blue & Yellow courses: $38/$43. Golf cart $40.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available to rent. Caddies available.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Bethpage's Green course (originally the Lennox Hill Country Club) was absorbed into the State Park in 1932. As such it is the oldest Bethpage layout. It was designed by Devereux Emmet, with improvements made by the great Albert W. Tillinghast when he was designing the Blue, Red and Black courses.

Bethpage's Tillinghast-designed Blue and Red courses opened for play in 1935, adding much needed public golf facilities for New York golfers. A year later the also Tillinghast-designed Black course opened to great acclaim.

In 1958 Alfred Tull designed the Yellow course as a new addition to Bethpage. Tull incorporated some holes from the Blue course into his Yellow layout, while designing replacement holes for the Blue and revising others. The Blue is therefore a hybrid Tillinghast-Tull creation.

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

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