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Bethpage State Park (Black)

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#1 - The openness of the first tee shot is deceptive. Make sure you keep it left or bomb it to avoid the trees.
#1 - A ridge running through the middle of this green creates a back tier for some good pin placements
#2 - I liked this short par 4. A sweeping draw is necessary if you want a wedge in to the green.
#2 - This uphill approach is well guarded by a hidden right bunker
#3 - The first one-shotter on the course requires a long iron or hybrid
#4 - Tillinghast's gem. He is quoted as saying "It should prove one of the most exacting three-shotters I know of anywhere."
#4 - The green complex at the fourth is definitely does not lend itself to a long approach
#5 - This isn't the first time you're going to have to choose how much to bite off a diagonal cross bunker
#6 - A view from the crest of the hill that serves as a speed slot. Notice a very well protected green here.
#6 - A well placed drive will ride that hill all the way down to about 80-90 yards
#7 - Another cross bunker on this par 5 gives the player a choice - risk the bunker and have a shorter second shot in, or lay back left and play it as a true three-shotter
#7 - This green is much more accommodating to second shots than the fourth...
#8 - This signature hole presents plenty of difficulty with a tree overhanging the right side and a bunker guarding the left. The green also pitches front-right, making for an extremely difficult up and down from the sand.
#8 - A great view of the run-off area in front of this long par 3
#9 - I really liked this long par 4. The contours of the fairway make for a difficult stance on your approach shot.
#11 - From the tee, the golfer wants to aim his ball at the flag. The fairway, however, curves out to the right and back to the hole, making your aim line closer to the right edge of the green.
#12 - Another excellent fairway bunker on this tough par 4
#12 - The green here is large, but probably one of the more interesting on the course
#13 - A view from the way back tee on this monster par 5
#13 - One of the best bunkers on the green. It lies about 40 yards short of the center of the putting surface, making for a very deceptive look on your approach shot.
#14 - A great look to this one-shotter. The valley between the tee and the green give it a much more dramatic look.
#14 - An idea of the depth of the par 3 greens. The seventeenth is the only par 3 with a green depth under 40 yards.
#15 - The toughest green on the course, built in to the side of a hill. This is also the most severe green on the course byfar.
#16 - This slight dogleg has one of the best views from the tee on the course
#17 - Just a really tough green to hit with a long iron or hybrid
#18 - A pretty well-protected finishing hole, I'd say.
#18 - A tough finish to a tough track

99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road

Farmingdale, New York

Course Style: Parkland

Designed by A.W. Tillinghast & Joseph H. Burbeck in 1936

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Dave has played Bethpage State Park (Black)

Tee Yardage Par Rating Slope

#36 on 2011 Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Courses
#7 on 2011 Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses
#22 on 2009 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S.
#6 on 2010 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play
#21 on 2011 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

Notable Tournaments Hosted

U.S. Open (2002, 2009, )

2002 - Tiger Woods
2009 - Lucas Glover

2 Play the Tips Rankings

  • Shot Playability: 9.00
  • Short Game Playability: 8.00
  • Fairness: 4.00
  • Experience: 9.00
  • Aura: 10.00
  • OMG Factor: 9.00
  • Design: 9.00
  • Total: 8.29
  • Ass-Kick Factor: 9.00


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