Bethpage State Park Golf Courses

99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd,

Farmingdale, New York 11753

  • Office

    +1 (516) 249 0700
  • Pro shop

    +1 (516) 249 4040
  • Fax

    +1 (516) 249 2580
  • Golf pro

    Joe Rehor (Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    Albert W. Tillinghast

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7092
6555
6206
Par
70
70
70
SSS or slope
73.0
71.5
75.2

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).

Location

Latitude:

40.741543

Longitude:

-73.454590

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 (Red course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1935

Bethpage State Park (Red course): Four parkland courses (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow) lie in the shadow of Bethpage's world-renowned Black course. The out-and-back Red course, which opened a year before the Black, is the classiest of the "other" four. In terms of length, and quantity and quality of bunkering, the Red makes an excellent foil for its more revered sibling. The long and testing par-4 1st first hole (one of very few straightaways in the layout) even gets to share a group of fairway bunkers with the Black's finishing hole.

Known by some Long Islanders as "Black-light," the Red course heads down and away from the large clubhouse, the start of an enjoyable tour of the northern section of Bethpage State Park's golf courses and woodland. Tree-lined and relatively lightly bunkered for the first seven holes, the layout's middle section is considerably flatter, more open and more heavily bunkered. On occasions it almost hits the sand volumes of the Black course ..... almost!

This elegant Tillinghast-designed layout possesses many excellently crafted parkland holes. Apart from the almost bunkerless straightaway opener, most holes dogleg to left or right. If not tree-lined, the holes are stylishly defined by bunkers. In keeping with all five Bethpage courses, there is very little water to worry about (in fact none on the Red course). Also in character with its siblings, the greens tend to be uniformly small and circular.

MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: The wonderful short par-3 4th played to a pudding-bowl green, and the excellently bunkered elevated-tee to elevated-green par-4 18th.

List of courses: Around New York City

Visitors

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, 18-holes (Red course) for non-New York State residents: weekdays $86; weekends $96.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

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

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

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

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