The first publicly owned and operated course to host a US Open in 2002, Bethpage Black is often regarded as one of the toughest tests in golf worldwide. Only one player managed to score better than par for the event in 2002 and only five pros broke par when the US Open returned to the Black in 2009. The Bethpage State Park boasts 90-holes in its complex, but it is the Black course at Bethpage in New York that has golfers all around the world intrigued and fearful of the prestigious layout.
Designed by A.W. Tillinghast, the course is certainly not for the faint of heart, featuring narrow fairways, dangerous rough, intricate greens and huge bunkering, Bethpage Black will make the greatest of golfers look like mere mortals. It’s recommended that players commence play from the forward tees and it is only recommended that players on a low-handicap actually tee it up.
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Cover photo by Stephen Szurlej