Bethpage State Park Golf Courses

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.

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.

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 United States Open in 2002 and 2009, the Barclays in 2012 and 2016, the PGA Championship in 2019, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2025.

Blue Course

The Blue Course was one of the three courses designed by Tillinghast. In 1960, it was redesigned by Alfred Tull to provide room for the Yellow Course. The front nine are considered very challenging, with an easier back nine to finish a round of golf. Some of the slopes are fairly steep.

Forward

Par

72

Slope

125

Rating

69.0

Yardage

5736

Regulation

Par

72

Slope

127

Rating

71.1

Yardage

6426

Championship

Par

72

Slope

130

Rating

72.3

Yardage

6693

 

Green Course

The Green Course is the first of the five courses at Bethpage. Originally called the Lenox Hills Course, it was redesigned when the Black, Red and Blue Courses were built. This is a gently-sloped course that features small greens. It is considered an excellent course for the novice and casual golfer, yet it can be challenging when played from the regulation tees.

Forward

Par

71

Slope

123

Rating

67.6

Yardage

5387

Regulation

Par

71

Slope

127

Rating

68.9

Yardage

6096

Championship

Par

71

Slope

129

Rating

70.2

Yardage

6378

 

Black Course

The Black Course is a difficult and challenging course that should be played only by low-handicap golfers. The course is for walkers only and its slope rating is one of the highest in the northeast. This was one of the last courses designed by master golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, and is said by many to be his finest work. The Black Course served as the site of the U.S. Open Championships in 2002 and 2009, The Barclays in 2012 and 2016, and the PGA Championship in 2019, and will be hosting the Ryder Cup in 2024. The narrow fairways, high roughs, well placed bunkers and small greens help to make this an extremely difficult course.

The Black Course is closed Mondays for course maintenance except holidays.

Forward

Par

71

Slope

144

Rating

71.4

Yardage

6220

Regulation

Par

71

Slope

148

Rating

74.2

Yardage

6704

Championship

Par

71

Slope

155

Rating

77.5

Yardage

7465

 

Red Course

The Red Course is a very different Tillinghast course. It features long par 4s and dogleg holes and one of the toughest starting holes in the country.

Forward

Par

70

Slope

120

Rating

69.2

Yardage

5777

Regulation

Par

70

Slope

127

Rating

71.9

Yardage

6555

Championship

Par

70

Slope

133

Rating

74.4

Yardage

7092

 

Yellow Course

The Yellow Course was opened for play in 1958. The Yellow, with a few steep slopes, is considered by many to be the easiest of the five courses. It can be a challenge to the novice and casual golfer but, when played from the Championship tees, can be a true test of a golfer's skills. Some of the original Tillinghast holes from the old blue course may still be seen on this course.

Forward

Par

71

Slope

116

Rating

67.1

Yardage

5401

Regulation

Par

71

Slope

118

Rating

68.6

Yardage

6055

Championship

Par

71

Slope

120

Rating

69.6

Yardage

6288