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99 Quaker Meeting House Rd
Farmingdale, NY  11735-1847
United States
P: (516) 249-4040 (X5)
Black Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 7,065 yards | 144 slope

75.4 rating | Rye grass

Recommend this course: +2 -0

Black Golf Course Description

The 18-hole "Black" course at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course facility in Farmingdale, New York features 7,065 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 75.4 and it has a slope rating of 144 on Rye grass. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, the Black golf course opened in 1936. Confer Bethpage manages this facility.

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There's a reason the U.S. Open has been held here ... it's not for the faint hearted. But if you're looking for a challenge, you'll be hard pressed to find a better course. It's long, but fair. Awesome bargain for NY residents. No carts, walking only course.

Caddies Challenging Great Deal Walkable Well Maintained

Amazing course. There are actually 5 courses in this state park ... all are great, but the black course is a step above the rest. It's one of the best designed courses I've ever played. The shots and skill level required make it a great, challenging course for low handicap golfers.

Challenging Walkable

wonderful course.

Amazing course. It's hosted the US Open twice in the last decade yet still only costs New York State residents $75 to play on weekends. Conditions are typically great.

Regarding what tees to play, PLEASE do yourself and others a favor and stay away from the blue tees unless you can consistently break 80 from the whites. I've played this course tons of times and maybe only once or twice did I see someone play from the blues that really belonged there. On this course it's not just about how far you can hit it... you need to be accurate and consistent. A 300 yard drive that misses the fairway by a yard can be toast. For normal play the blues are almost never setup even close to the 7,500 yard number on the card so just play the whites and enjoy the challenge. (Or else you'll be one of these hackers that plays the blues and shoots 95+ while everyone else rolls their eyes :-) ).

By the time you've finished walking 18 here you'll be both physically and mentally exhausted... but you'll be glad you came and anxious to battle the beast again.

If I could I would play this course everyday. The ultimate challenge. Everyone should play this at least once if not more. Tillinghast is a diabolical genius.

Fabulous golf experience of a life time. Course is unrelenting. Conditions are immaculate.

great course very challenging and well maintained

Stay off the black course unless you are a 10 or better hcp. I really enjoyed playing here. Need to be long and accurate. Greens were in fantastic condition. Bethpage is a large nat'l park with several courses. Black being the most difficult and demanding. Went to NY on business and stayed in a hotel nearby, hit the driving range and paired with three locals. Had a nice dinner in bar area. Lot of golf history here..

A little sketchy on amenities, but overall it's amazing.

What a fabulous course. The conditions are incredible - the fairways are immacculate, the greens are firm, fast, and true, the bunkers are deep and filled sand so soft and so white, you'll think you're on Augusta National. The rough isn't all that high, but it's extremely thick.

And the layout... wow. Just about every hole demands that you shape the ball precisely off the tee if you want to be in optimal position. Diagonal hazards and narrowing fairways tempt you with risk-reward shots like almost no other course. The greens are generally elevated, tiny little postage stamps guarded by deep bunkers that will swallow your ball - and maybe even you - whole. Thick rough and fescue grasses surrond the fairways and greens. You'll need to bring your A+ aerial game for this course - there are basically no opportunities to run the ball up to the green.

You'll also need to bring the power. The course typically tops out about 7,100 yards from the back tees, but plays much longer - it's a par 71, the length comes almost exclusively on the par 4s (the par 5s are surprisingly short - and reachable), and the huge elevation changes add immensely to the playing length. It'll feel more like a 7,300 yarder. Even the whites, at 6,800 yards, play closer to 7,000 in terms of club selection.

This course is incomparable. Great design. Cannot be played enough times. Every shot must be planned and precise

Just a great course. A real thrill to play the same course that hosts the US Open. Extremely difficult, so if you are not a very good golfer, do yourself and everyone else a favor and opt for one of the other Bethpage tracks. I played AWFUL that day, which was very frustrating, but I must say I thought the course was mostly fair although very difficult. It's very long, but the fairways are fairly wide. Even if you drive the ball well, which I did not, you are often hitting very long irons or fairway woods into the greens. The greens were fairly fast, but very true.

The facilities are not very good for suck a great course. Nice pro shop and an OK bar and restaurant. The driving range stinks. Can't hit driver there and I was about to go out and play a course where you need to hit a ton of drivers?!?! The traps were not that well raked, but that is more a function of poor etiquette as opposed to poor maintenance.

WOW!!!!!!It's a must play.


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 BallinAsH E. N/A 18 18 10/20/10
2 Christian S. N/A 20 20 05/12/10
3 Tim W. 24 51 27 08/21/09
4 Timothy D. N/A 49 49 10/05/11
5 chris M. N/A 63 63 05/01/10
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19 Pablo G. 20 95 75 08/13/17
29 chris T. 17 93 76 05/10/17
76 JOHN K. 11 92 81 11/05/15
57 James L. 22 101 79 10/04/15
77 todd M. 34 115 81 05/26/14

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About Bethpage State Park, Black

Bethpage State Park Golf Course

Park facility

Managed by Confer Bethpage

26 tees driving range

90 regulation holes

Tournaments of Bethpage State Park, Black

No local tournaments listed for this course.

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Joe Rehor, Director of Golf
Andy Wilson, Superintendent


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