Bethpage State Park (Black)

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Bethpage State Park, New York | Bethpage State Park (Black)

Architect: Joseph H. Burbeck & A.W. Tillinghast
Year: 1936

99 Quaker Meeting House Road
Farmingdale, New York 11735
(516) 249-0701

Course Access: Public

driving range available
walking only - caddies available

U.S. Open - 2002, 2009
PGA Championship - 2019
Ryder Cup - 2024

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The Itinerant Golfer

How To Play Bethpage Black

One of the questions I get asked with great regularity is how I was able to "get on" at a specific Top 100 course. Nine times out of ten the question will be in reference to one of the 80+ private courses on the Top 100 list, but just about every tenth time I hear the question it's in reference to Bethpage Black. It seems an unusual question considering that the Black is a public golf course run by the state of New York, but this is no ordinary municipal track and securing a tee time can be very difficult. In addition to Bethpage Black having hosted the U.S. Open twice (2002 & 2009), the 2012 Barclays and the rumors of a PGA Championship or Ryder Cup in its future the course is currently ranked #42 on the Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest and #21 on Golf Magazine's Top 100… More >

The Itinerant Golfer

Bethpage State Park (Black)

I cheated at Bethpage Black. Those of you who know me well know that if I am nothing else I am a die hard purist follower of the rules of golf. It is true though, I played the Black Course at Bethpage State Park and I cheated. As anyone who followed the stories about the U.S. Open’s groundbreaking visit to this municipal golf course knows, the only way to get on Bethpage’s Black Course is to park in a numbered spot and sleep in your car the night before you want to play. At about 4:30AM each morning tee times are distributed to the overnight campers and that is how golfers get on Bethpage’s Black Course. It's the local rule. While I was researching this course last year I discovered something that is common knowledge among residents of New York state, but not so common knowledge to non-residents. A resident… More >