Bethpage State Park
Phone: (516) 249-0701 or (516) 249-0700
Pro Shop: (516) 249-4040
Area: Many of the entrances and crossings for Bethpage State Park Golf Cources are located along Round Swap Road between the end of Main Street in Farmingdale and Old Bethpage Road/Spagnoli Road, Old Bethpage.
Overview: Everyone can enjoy the 1,476-acre state park which is best known for its world-class golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course. In fact, the Black Course became the first publicly owned and operated course to host the U.S. open in 2002 and will again host the U.S. Open in 2009. The Bethpage State Park has five eighteen-hole golf courses, named the Black, Blue, Red, Green and Yellow, in decreasing order of difficulty.
Golf Digest has ranked Bethpage Black #26 in its most recent list of America's greatest golf courses, #6 in the state of New York, #6 of America’s 50 toughest courses, and #5 in its list of America's greatest public golf courses. It is also considered the top-ranked course in the Golf Digest list that is operated by a governmental entity.
History: The Bethpage State Park once operated as a very small ski area with a tiny vertical drop on Long Island. It was operated from 1951 until 1971, but may have been closed at some point in between as no guidebooks mention the area from 1951 to 1971. There was a 400’ rope tow which served a 100’ drop that operated only when sufficient snow was present. This area had no snowmaking. It likely closed due to its small size and lack of snow.
Facilities: Vacationers flocks to the park may utilize the park’s picnic facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, bridle paths, hiking and biking trails and cross-county skiing trails. Bethpage State Park houses a restaurant and catering facilities, a Golf Pro Shop and driving range. The park also has a weekly handicap accessible polo field. Matches are played every Sunday from June through mid-October. Call park office for more information.
Seasons/Hours: Open year round.
Pets: Strictly, no pets allowed.
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