Bethpage Black


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Bethpage Black was designed by A.W. Tillinghast during the Great Depression. The building of the course provided many jobs for those who needed. What makes this course unique from Tilly's other designs is that no two holes are alike. Every hole has its own personal character. For example, the 4th hole (above) is a short par 5 that has a split fairway with the famous "glacier bunker" going between the two fairways. The 15th hole is a long par 4 that requires an uphill second shot over several sand traps to a severely sloping green. Tillinghast was able to use the natural landscape of Long Island to design this masterpiece. Natural grasses is a major reason to why Bethpage Black is one of the most difficult courses in the country. The Black has hosted two U.S. Opens (2002, and 2009) and will be looking to hold more in the future.