Bethpage Black Course

Bethpage Black Course

Bethpage Black Course

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    Located in New York, Bethpage State Park’s Black Course has a reputation as one of the hardest courses to host a major championship; in 2002 and 2009, the US Open was contested here, with major championship golf returning in 2019 for the PGA Championship and in 2024 when Bethpage Black will become a Ryder Cup host.

    This, however, doesn’t mean the majestic venue isn’t hugely popular with the average golfer, offering a brilliant championship test from a range of tee boxes. A golf holiday to Bethpage State Park is sure to come with many challenges, but with huge major pedigree and renowned toughness, you can tick it off as a true bucket list experience. 

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    Bethpage Black Course

    Bethpage Black is an excellent example of the remarkable municipal golf courses to be found in the United States, where the only obstacle to playing may the be extremely lengthy queues of similarly enthusiastic golfing aficionados. Bells and whistles you will not find at Bethpage, but the Black Course could not be more impressive.

    Since 1936, Bethpage has been a staple in the diet of golfing New Yorkers, but only really grabbed international acclaim when the golfing elite gathered for the 2002 U.S. Open. On that occasion, the Black Course bared its teeth, the result being that just one player broke par.

    The main characteristics at Bethpage are narrow fairways, mercilessly thick rough, and wicked greens that are superbly protected by strategic bunkering, giving an insight into the brilliance of designer A.W. Tillinghast. Add these facets to the course's extreme length, and the result is an astonishing and relentless test of golf.

    On the first tee, visiting golfers are greeted by a sign that says, ‘Bethpage Black is an extremely difficult course, only suitable for highly skilled golfers'. The question is, are you brave enough to tackle the mighty Black Course?

    Course Information

    Par 71
    Designed by A. W. Tillinghast
    Opened for play 1936
    Previously hosted U.S. Open (2002,2009) | PGA Championship (2019)

    Tees

    Blue 7,468 yards SSS 76.6
    White 6,684 yards SSS 73.8
    Red 6,223 yards SSS 77

    Features

    • Driving Range
    • Pro Shop
    • Putting Greens
    • Club House
    • Championship Standard Course
    Bethpage Black Course
    Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, New York,
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