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Bethpage Black Course is located in the United States
Bethpage Black Course
Location in the United States
Bethpage Black Course is located in New York
Bethpage Black Course
Location in New York
Coordinates 40°44′31″N 73°27′18″W / 40.742°N 73.455°W / 40.742; -73.455
Location Bethpage State Park
Farmingdale, New York, U.S.
Established 1936; 86 years ago (1936)
Type Public
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted PGA Championship (2019)
U.S. Open (2002, 2009)
The Barclays (2012, 2016
Greens Poa annua
Fairways Ryegrass / Poa annua
Black Course
Designed by Joseph H. Burbeck & A.W. Tillinghast (1936), Rees Jones (2015)
Par 71
Length 7,468 yards (6,829 m)
Course rating 77.5
Slope rating 155
Course record 63 – Brooks Koepka (2019)

The Bethpage Black Course is a public golf course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York. Opened in 1936, it was designed by Bethpage State Park superintendent Joseph H. Burbeck, who was also responsible for the park's Blue and Red Courses in the mid-1930s. Brief consultation was also provided by noted golf architect A. W. Tillinghast. It is the most difficult of Bethpage's five courses, and is known for the warning sign at the first tee, placed in the early 1980s, which reads "The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers."

In 2002, the Black Course hosted the U.S. Open, which returned in 2009, as well as the 2019 PGA Championship.

Bethpage Black also hosted The Barclays, the event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in late August, in 2012 and 2016, and is scheduled to host again in 2021 and 2027. The course is also scheduled to host the Ryder Cup in 2025.

Rankings

In its July 2008 list of America's greatest golf courses Golf Digest ranked Bethpage Black #26 overall, #6 in the state of New York, #6 of America's 50 toughest courses, and #5 of America's greatest public golf courses. It is also the top-ranked course in the Golf Digest list that is operated by a governmental entity. In September 2020, Golf Advisor ranked Bethpage Black as #1 overall in a list of the top 50 toughest golf courses in the United States.

Scorecard

Bethpage State Park - Black Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
2009 U.S. Open 430 389 232 517 478 408 525 210 460 3649 508 435 504 605 158 459 490 207 411 3777 7426
2002 U.S. Open 430 389 205 517 451 408 489 210 418 3517 492 435 499 554 161 459 479 207 411 3697 7214
Par U.S. Open 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 35 70
2012 Barclays 430 389 230 517 478 408 553 210 460 3675 502 435 501 608 161 478 490 207 411 3793 7468
Blue 77.5 / 155 430 389 230 517 478 408 553 210 460 3675 502 435 501 608 161 478 490 207 411 3793 7468
White 74.2 / 148 429 354 158 461 423 386 502 191 385 3289 434 421 432 480 152 430 457 195 394 3395 6684
Red 71.2 / 137 426 346 128 438 401 376 489 152 293 3049 377 412 403 472 139 417 431 178 345 3174 6223
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 35 71
Handicap 8 16 18 2 4 10 6 14 12 9 11 7 3 17 1 5 13 15
Source:
  • Hole #7 was played as a par 4 in both U.S. Opens

Notable events

Year Date Tournament Winner Score To par Classification
2002 Jun 13–16 U.S. Open United States Tiger Woods 277 −3 Major championship
2009 Jun 18–22 U.S. Open United States Lucas Glover 276 −4 Major championship
2012 Aug 23–26 The Barclays* United States Nick Watney 274 −10 FedEx Cup playoffs
2016 Aug 25–28 The Barclays* United States Patrick Reed 275 −9 FedEx Cup playoffs
2019 May 16–19 PGA Championship United States Brooks Koepka 272 −8 Major championship

Note: The Barclays tournament is now known as The Northern Trust.

2002 U.S. Open

The 2002 U.S. Open was won by Tiger Woods, the only player to break par for the tournament. It was seen as one of the most difficult and exciting U.S. Opens in history, breaking attendance records and creating a more boisterous atmosphere for the championship. Its 17th hole rivaled the 16th at the Phoenix Open, thanks to a pair of large grandstands that flanked the green and a natural hill behind it creating a giant horseshoe of spectators.

Prior to 2002, all U.S. Opens had been staged at private golf venues that, while nominally open to the public, had several hundred dollar greens fees per round. Bethpage being selected in 2002 as the first publicly owned and operated golf course to host the tournament was seen as an egalitarian move by the USGA.

2009 U.S. Open

The 2009 U.S. Open was fraught by continuous rain that resulted in multiple suspensions of play. It was won by Lucas Glover. 2002 winner Tiger Woods was never a legitimate factor, and left the park within ten minutes of sinking his final putt. After completing his round Phil Mickelson declared that he would be taking significant time off to tend to his ailing wife, Amy, who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

As in 2002, media coverage of the relationship between the New York gallery and Mickelson was one of the tournament's major headlines. The most memorable moment occurred following his tee shot on the short par-3 17th hole, where he was met by thunderous chants of "Let's Go!" as he approached the green. Though his birdie putt came up short, he later commended the New York golf fans and suggested a Ryder Cup played at Bethpage Black would give U.S. players "a big advantage."

The USGA teamed up with World Golf Tour and co-hosted a 2009 Virtual US Open tournament to give fans a better experience of playing the difficult Black course. The winner earned a trip for two to the 2010 event in Pebble Beach. The Virtual U.S. Open attracted hundreds of thousands of players from more than 180 countries.

2012 Barclays

The annual Barclays tournament, the first of FedEx Cup playoff events, continued its rotation around the New York metropolitan area and was played at Bethpage State Park in 2012 in late August. As with the previous two U.S. Opens, the 2012 Barclays was played on the difficult Black course. Differing from the U.S. Opens, the 7th hole was lengthened slightly and played as a par-5 to make the course a par-71 at 7,468 yards (6,829 m), identical to the course's blue tees.

2016 Barclays

The Barclays was played August 25–28. A total of 79 of its 120 entrants made the second-round cut at 145 (+3). Despite this total there was no secondary cut after the third round as in regular PGA Tour events, following a change made after the 2014 season.

Patrick Reed won by a stroke over Emiliano Grillo and Sean O'Hair, moving from seventh place to first in the standings. The top 100 players in the points standings advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship. This included five players who were outside the top 100 prior to the tournament. Five players also started within the top 100 but finished outside it, ending their playoff chances.

The tournament was the last qualifying event for the eight qualifying places for the American team in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

2019 PGA Championship

The 2019 PGA Championship was played at the Bethpage Black Course from May 16 to May 19. Brooks Koepka won the tournament by two strokes at 8 under par.

Future events

Year Tournament Type Times hosted
2021 The Northern Trust FedEx Cup playoffs 2012, 2016
2025 Ryder Cup International match play Inaugural
2027 The Northern Trust FedEx Cup playoffs 2012, 2016, 2021

2021, 2027 Northern Trust

Bethpage will host the 2021 and 2027 Northern Trust tournament, formerly The Barclays, and the first of PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff events.

2025 Ryder Cup

On September 17, 2013, the PGA and State of New York announced that the 2019 PGA Championship and 2025 Ryder Cup will be played at Bethpage Black.


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