Bethpage Black

Bethpage Black, Farmingdale: Address, Phone Number, Bethpage Black Reviews: 5/5

Bethpage Black
In operation since 1935, this public course is so well-regarded that it was chosen as the site of the 2002 U.S. Open Championship.
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Toronto, Canada584 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
This is a great golf course. This is also a VERY hard golf course. The sign out front is correct - try to listen to it! There are only two tees to play for men and one for women. The slope from the back tees is 152 and measures 7400. The slope from the front is 145 and measures 6700! The slope for the ladies is 150! The rough is thick, the bunkers are deep and the elevation is tremendous. There are no marshals on the course and as with most public courses, it seems to be about getting people on the course rather than ensuring they are playing appropriately. The day we were there it had rained in the morning, which seemed to scare some people away. It then turned into a beautiful day. There are 5 total courses at Bethpage so lots to choose from and the Red is supposed to be excellent as well. Locals pay half the price of out-of-towners, but at $150, you won't play a better Open course for less. I recommend taking a caddie just to help you around. It is a walking course and it is a long 9 mile walk so having someone carry your bag is worth the extra $80. They have completely overhauled the caddie program in the last two years and it is far better. They are very good, well managed caddies who will help you and not just come up to you in the parking lot like previously.

In terms of getting on, the best recommendation is to find a friend in New York state who can make a tee time 7 days in advance (they have to be there to play). Alternatively, if you are from out of state or out of country, you can still sign up for the phone reservation system, but can only call two days in advance. That is what I did when booking my Sunday round. Make sure to sign up for your reservation number in advance of when you plan to call and if they don't get back to you, just give them a call to confirm. Regardless, it took about 10 minutes of dialing (you can call at 7pm two days in advance - ie. Friday at 7pm for Sunday round), but got a time for 8:57am. Obviously a foursome will be harder than a single, but keep trying. I don't think I would have slept in my car. If you are a single or twosome, just show up early to the course and you will get on (within an hour or two). Also if you walk up and pay, they may just say - run to the tee if you like and there is a game going off right now (that actually happened to a person in my group)!

This is a very hard course, but worth the trip. There is no reason to play from the back tees - so don't. I am a 10 handicap and I played the front tees and believe me, it is enough of a challenge. You are trying to enjoy a great course, not win the US Open so try not to hold everyone up behind you by shooting a 180 from the back tees!

Finally, they actually have a locker room which you can use for a $5 fee. It is great because there is nobody there. The only catch is that they have showers, but no towels!! So if you want to use the locker room and shower - bring a towel.
Written August 10, 2014
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regina54 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This was my second time playing the Black course and we ran into a predicament. We needed to play on a Friday in September early in the morning so we could make it back into the city for Billy Joel. After racking my brain on how I would get a 4 ball without paying a tour company $700 I came up with a plan. I went online and rented a RV from a local Bethpage resident, Doug. Doug usually has a two day minimum but we worked a deal that was fair for both sides as he just had to drive it , park it, and pick it up the next day. Doug was an absolute beauty to work with and the RV had everything we needed
- private room with large double bed
- pull out double bed
- slide together twin bed
- bathroom (small extra charge)
- tv (he’s getting a better one)
- generator
- outside grill, tables, chairs
- fridge and freezer

There were so many things and it was perfect for three guys. Four guys would have been doable but luckily we had one guy who stayed at a hotel.

We were able to have Doug park the unit at 2pm we did a walk thru. Doug left and we went for a bite to eat and watch football in downtown Farmingdale. We came back about 7pm and the neighbours had a 65 foot screen and satellite for the game but no generator. We plugged into the RV and had a great night. Everyone was wishing they had a Doug especially when they started crawling into their vehicles to sleep or tents. There was 10 vehicles when we went to sleep.
We woke up at 5am to get ready for the ranger to give a bracelet. There was now over 60 cars in the lot!!!!!! Wow!!! My word of advice is once you get your bracelet go to the clubhouse doors and wait for your number to be called as we almost missed it.

Private message me for Doug’s info if you want to stay overnight at Bethpage like a rockstar and almost guarantee a wicked tee time. I will be doing this again!
Written December 3, 2019
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Travelling Lawyer
Rochester, NY106 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Had a great time at the tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Bethpage Black. We were able to park at Jones Beach and had a free shuttle to the course with nice a bus. Once at the course there were plenty of restrooms available, a huge PGA store on site and we were able to get pretty close to the players during the rounds. Would love to play the course some day to see how high my score would be!
Written May 24, 2019
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Ellicott City, MD3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Business
Black course was in good shape except for the bunkers and lots of divots. It’s not as well manicured as the other top 100 courses I’ve played. People and even the caddies do not rake the bunkers sometimes so you may end up in a footprint. Caddies are not well trained, routinely misreading putts, losing headcovers, generally not being helpful, then at the end of the round demanding an excessive tip. It’s a fun and somewhat challenging course, but not an impressive experience.
Written August 25, 2021
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Pelham, NH40 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
This is an annual pilgrimage with my buddies from New Hampshire to Long Island, and it is absolutely worth it. I will have played the Black Course 4 times and feel like a kid on Christmas morning prepping for this trip every fall. Golf course is visually spectacular and in fantastic shape. The 4 of us arrive around 2pm the day before we play the Black.

Two of us stay with the car and two others play 9 on the Red course, then swap duties. (Someone MUST stay with the car, otherwise, you lose your spot in line). We have a tailgate in the parking lot then hit the rack around midnight. Atmosphere in the parking lot is a tailgate atmosphere all around.

You could always have 1 person seep in the car and 3 others stay at a local hotel, but our friends prefer to grind it out together.

If you follow this formula you will not regret it!
Written September 13, 2018
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4 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
A challenging but fair course set up with tons of elevation change and massive bunkers to navigate. The greens are large and generally flat but in almost perfect shape despite how much play they get. Every hole is different and there were so many memorable shots to make (or not). Definitely worth the drive and with the new online reservation system that allows out of staters to book 5 days in advance it’s not too hard to get a tee time, particularly on a weekday. We will be going back.
Written July 8, 2018
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New Jersey6,086 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We came to Bethpage Black for The Barclays tournament and had a great time. The course was in pristine condition, the staff was great and the clubhouse was nice as well. We were provided a shuttle from SUNY Farmingdale directly to the course. Overall, it was a pretty great experience.
Written August 29, 2016
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Columbus, GA732 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
The Black is beautiful with visually stunning with perfect fairways, bunkers and greens. The defense of The Black is in the narrow fairways and well placed bunkers.

Getting on through the phone reservation system worked like a charm. I was worried about hearing horror stories and sleeping in cars, etc. My advice for out of staters is to use the phone reservation service and get a specific tee time to enjoy this round. It worked well.

Getting to the course early in the morning from South Jersey as I was visiting my brother law, easy. And I simply had to pay and get a wrist marker that they cut off when meeting the starter. I was a full two hours early and we were moved up to the second group out due to showers during the night.

I was paired up with a couple of NY residents who had played the course quote a bit and they were great in providing the proper play and the visual obscurities. Playing with them quickly dismissed my apprehension of not getting a caddy. Again, advice is to get a tee time through reservation and you more than likely will be paired with NY resident with knowledge of 'Black Beauty'.

The first hole sums up the day: 400 yard holes where tee shot often predicates score as hitting proper spot optimizes here and if missed, really hard to recover. The par threes were fantastic tests with 17 being a beast and visually surrounded by bunkers making it quite intimidating. A true ball strikers course, one who can hit his spots.

The course feels open even though the fairways are narrow, we all found our balls in the three inch rough every time (when there), we did hit a lot of fairways.

The course was in awesome shape and the drainage system was great as no standing water as it had rained the previous two days.

The walk seemed extremely easy and really was not felt (and I must say only felt by me) at 'heart attack hill', #15. No one parred this hole and one was on the green in two but a ways from the hole and the dreaded three putt occurred and my drive cost me as I had to play it like a five and did get the five.

The greens were immaculate and they had nuances but not overly difficult. No complete benders here, mostly within six inches one way or another. Now speed was interesting as much faster than practice greens and the red course so you did need to read the green correctly or you could end up going by hole ten feet. And getting to the green was your relief!

If I could sum up Bethpage Black, I would say that it is a beauty beating. The course is really beautiful and requiring precision on every hole to score. The placement of the bunkers is perfection an this course made me think Pete Dye was a huge fan of the Black. There is not a single easy hole on this course. On the front nine, you did feel like it is not overwhelming but the physical and mental get you on the back when every par four feels like a four hundred plus yard hole. And to keep everything intact is amazing. I witnessed four birdies on the front, zero on the back and only one good opportunity. The birdies came from playing in the fairway and hitting ideal approaches. And a couple of nice putts. By the time you finish 17, we all agreed you feel a little beat up (but in a pleasurable way).

This is a bucket list course and should be as it is amazing! I feel privileged to have played such a masterpiece.

Enjoy Bethpage Black!
Written July 2, 2015
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Edmund L
Paradise Valley, AZ80 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
I was able to play Bethpage Black this week with a New York resident(we could reserve a tee time). Because of threatening weather it was not crowded. You have to walk with or without a caddy. It is not an overly difficult walk. They have pull carts. The course is difficult but not overwhelming. However, I do not think it is that special.
Written June 11, 2015
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Mark R
NY408 contributions
The pros put this course on the map so no real need for a review, but that said Bethpage has five courses so check the others out. In particular the Red and the green.
Written March 1, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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