P.G.A. Bethpage Black

P.G.A. Bethpage Black


Since the 2019 Championship is on Long Island this week, I am reprising a blogpost from 2011.    

Bethpage State Park Golf CourseIn some parts of the country, golf is played all year round. New York also has courses that are open everyday, but in truth, the season really begins April 1st and ends about October 31st.


At the very least, you hope for ground that has defrosted and enough warmth to shed the layers that will limit your range of motion as you practice that golf full swing.


There are about one hundred and twenty-five different courses available here on Long Island; some are private or semi-private and about half are public.


Bethpage State Park Golf Course is a public course situated right here in Nassau County, L.I. It is rich in history and was home to the U.S. Open of 2002 (won by Tiger Woods - only golfer to score under par) and, again, in 2009 (won by Lucas Glover - continuous rain throughout week and weekend made for unpleasant playing conditions).


This choice of venue was interpreted as a step towards equality since it marked the first time in history a publicly-owned and operated course was chosen for the Championship. Prior to this tournament, private courses in country clubs or resorts had typically been used and required prohibitive green fees of hundred dollars per round.


In the early 1930's, Master golf course architect A. W. Tillinghast and creator of the double-dog-leg was hired to design courses on the properties that Bethpage Park Authority had purchased. By 1958, five 18-hole color-designated courses ensued and now make up Bethpage State Park:  Blue, Green, Black, Red and Yellow (this last design by Alfred Tull).


The Black Course was the last one designed by Architect Tillinghast and is considered by many to be his finest work. Tillinghast was very proud of his new 3-shot hole and included it in several of his courses including the Black. The slope is extremely challenging and is only for walking, low-handicap golfers.


The Yellow course is believed by many to be the easiest of the five with few steep slopes, although, it may still be difficult for the beginner or occasional golfer.  This NY golf website gives you all the information you need to choose correctly for your particular level of play as well as information on the various fees.


Prices differ for weekday/weekend/holidays, 9-hole/18-hole, senior citizens, and NYS or non-NYS resident fees for the Black and Red Courses.


In July 2008, Golf Digest ranked Bethpage Black #6 of America's 50 toughest golf courses and #5 in its list of America's greatest public courses. It is also top-ranked in the Golf Digest list of courses operated by a governmental entity.


Amenities include a clubhouse, driving range, lessons, lockers, lounge, pro shop, restaurant, showers, snack bar and practice putting greens.





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Comment balloon 9 commentsJill Sackler • May 16 2019 11:45PM


I am so glad you repriced your old post that most of us missed the first time around, BTW did you know Tiger is Back???)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 year ago

Good morning Jill. I learned a lot here. I didn't know this was a public course. Very neat.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago

A friend of mine is playing in the tournament this year, he shot 72 yesterday and is tied with Tiger, not too shabby!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 year ago

So I am not a big golfer. That being said I did play this course one time because all my friends (I am from LI) wanted to play. I cannot recall having less fun. This course is CRAZY hard. Whoever designed it hated golfers. Big respect for anyone who scores well.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Jill: Terrific post! I know the madness that can come from a big golf outing like the one in Bethpage---we had several over the past 10 years and it really ties the Hamptons into knots for a week or so...Have fun and say "Hi" to Tiger for me! :)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Endre Barath, Jr. I can't say I'm a big fan but yes, I did know that Tiger is back. Waiting to see how he does.

Sheila Anderson Thanks. I liked researching it because I learned just as much.


Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 1 year ago

Brian England Nice. You have friends in high places, lol.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty Hi, I had no idea you were from Long Island. Where abouts? They say this course is one of the toughest. At least, you gave it a try.


Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 1 year ago

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA It certainly brings a lot of people into our area. Everyone is looking for a place to stay.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 1 year ago

Hi Jill Sackler - I remember attending on about 20 years ago at the Westchester Country Club.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

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