Bethpage Black Course facts for kids
|Location||Bethpage State Park
Farmingdale, New York, U.S.
|Tournaments hosted||PGA Championship (2019)
U.S. Open (2002, 2009)
The Barclays (2012, 2016
|Fairways||Ryegrass / Poa annua|
|Designed by||Joseph H. Burbeck & A.W. Tillinghast (1936), Rees Jones (2015)|
|Length||7,468 yards (6,829 m)|
|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.
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.
|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|
|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|
- Hole #7 was played as a par 4 in both U.S. Opens
|2002||Jun 13–16||U.S. Open||Tiger Woods||277||−3||Major championship|
|2009||Jun 18–22||U.S. Open||Lucas Glover||276||−4||Major championship|
|2012||Aug 23–26||The Barclays*||Nick Watney||274||−10||FedEx Cup playoffs|
|2016||Aug 25–28||The Barclays*||Patrick Reed||275||−9||FedEx Cup playoffs|
|2019||May 16–19||PGA Championship||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.
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.
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.
|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
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