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 which makes it the most highly ranked non-resort public course on both lists. Because the course is operated as a “muni” and not affiliated with a resort it is also one of the least expensive options there is for public Top 100 golf. New York State residents pay around $100 and out of states visitors pay about $150 which makes Bethpage Black an absolute steal of a golf experience.
Because the quality of Bethpage Black is so good, the demand to play the course is quite high which makes getting a tee time a bit of a trick. The most common story that we have all heard is that golfers must spend the night in their cars for a chance at playing Bethpage Black, but fortunately that is not the ONLY option. Click the links below to learn more.
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