Bethpage Black - Farmingdale, NY
Bethpage Black is a publicly owned and operated course on Long Island, New York. Designed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast, it is constantly ranked as one of America's most difficult golf courses. It's famous sign on the #1 tee even warns golfers "The Black course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for high skilled golfers" The par 71, measures about 7300 yards from the back tees. Jeff and I are only pretending to be afraid in the picture, like a couple of fools, we teed it up on the tips.
Bethpage Black famously became the first publicly owned golf course to host the U.S. Open in 2002. The public came out in droves, setting attendance records and creating an unusually boisterous atmosphere. This was due, in part, to the stadium setting that was created on the 17th hole. Probably something to do with the beer as well. Tiger Woods would go on to win the event and was the only golfer to shoot under par.
I had the pleasure of playing my first round of golf with Ashley K Mayo at the Black Course in 2014. Our threesome was rounded out with local Manhattanite, Jeff Blind, who added comic relief and several well timed quips. Uncharacteristically, Ashley missed a short birdie putt on #18 to break 80. I joined her at that very same number. Until next time, Mayo!!