Bethpage Black Golf Course in the New York State Parks
No listing of New York golf courses would be complete without the inclusion of the Bethpage Black Golf Course, New York State Park Golf Courses Complex. This amazing facility in Farmingdale, the largest of its kind in the world, features five 18-hole golf courses, including the world famous "Black" Course, designed by A W Tillinghast. Now there's a name to stir the imagination.
Bethpage once was part of the Yoakum family estate. They leased the property to the Lenox Hills Corporation and thus the Lenox Hills Country Club was born. In the early 1930s, Lenox Hills was acquired by the Bethpage Park Authority and it became the nucleus of Bethpage State Park. Work three new golf courses (Black, Red, and Blue) began almost immediately, and the one-time Lenox Hills Course was redesigned and re-designated the "Green Course." One has to wonder who put forward A.W. Tillinghast's name to be the architect of all that work; whoever it was, it was a masterstroke. If you've never played a Tillinghast course, you're in for a rare treat. The Yellow Course, designed by Alfred Tull, was added in 1958. The Black course plays 7,065 yards from the Blue tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 75.4 and the slope is 144.
Green Fees: 18 holes - the daily rate is $78-$130 depending upon the time of day, the weekend rate is $90-$150. Cart $34.
- You can call ahead and reserve a tee time, but you'll need to plan months ahead. Call the number below for information.
- Or you can do it fun way: Arrive at Bethpage during the afternoon of the day before you'd like to play and park your car in one of the numbered "overnight" parking spaces and then sit inside, or stay close to it. Sometime between 6 and 7 pm, a Bethpage official will come around and hand out wristbands, one per car, this confirms the order in which tickets will be handed out the following morning. These tickets are handed out between 4-4:30 am, and it's those tickets that allow you to purchase your round of golf. This, of course, means you'll need to stay at a hotel nearby. I recommend the Courtyard Republic Airport Long Island/Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY, It's less than two miles away. Whew, and the best of luck to one and all.
Bethpage State Park Golf Courses, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735-1847; (516) 249-0701; Fax: (516) 249-2580
Where to Stay:
Try the Courtyard Republic Airport Long Island/Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY. It's less than two miles from the complex.
How to Get There:
The closest major airport is the Stewart International airport (SWF/KSWF) a mere 10 miles from the Farmingdale city center. This airport has domestic flights from Newburgh, New York
Downtown New York City: 35 miles, about 1 hour
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New York Golf Trail
Now, I have one more idea for a New York Golf Vacation. Far away from the big city, the New York Golf Trail is a collection of 22 of the state's most beautiful golf courses. This is your About Golf Travel Guide to The New York Golf Trail. These 22 golfing venues have joined together to offer affordable golf packages complete with convenient hotel accommodations. Check it out here.
New York not an option? Okay, so how about these ideas for your golf getaway: You might like to consider one or more of these old favorites: Scotland is always a great option, and Florida, then there's the American Southwest, or Bermuda, maybe the Bahamas, and there are great golf courses and resort located all over the Caribbean and Mexico and many more.