Inside the course: Bethpage State Park - Black Course

August 19, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
General manager Dave Catallano
Original architect A.W. Tillinghast (1936)
Par value 71
Number of TOUR events as host venue 3 (including 2012)
Yardage history 7,468 (2012)
  7,426 (2009)
  7,214 (2002)
Grass Bermudagrass (tees); Kentucky bluegrassa, zoysiagrass (fairways); Bentgrass, perennial ryegrass (greens); Perennial ryegrass (rough)
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Course record
Lucas Glover
Mike Weir
Player Hole Year
Shigeki Maruyama 14 2002
Scott Hoch 17 2002
Andy Miller 3 2002
2009 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
Now a 389-yard par 4, this hole had a 2002 scoring average of 4.599 -- more than half a stroke over par.
2009: 0 eagles, 17 birdies, 234 pars, 134 bogeys, 32 double bogeys, 4 others.
Easiest Hole
Perhaps Bethpage's best hole in terms of beauty and strategy. It can be played conservatively as a three-shotter or may be challenged in two. The green, which slopes front to back away from the player, is not particularly receptive to approaches - especially ones played from the drive zone, which sits much lower than the green.
2009: 3 eagles, 154 birdies, 233 pars, 34 bogeys, 7 double bogeys and 0 others.
Course origins
Bethpage State Park -- a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course, which was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009 -- will host The Barclays in 2012.
Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation, which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club. In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park.
Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course, which became the Green Course. Due to the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course designed by Alfred Tull was opened in 1958. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played annually on the five courses at Bethpage, all of which start from the Clubhouse area. --Source: New York State Parks

The TOUR will be in Farmingdale, N.Y., this week for The Barclays. Learn more about the host, Bethpage State Park - Black Course.