Bethpage: Black


2002 U. S. Open Card

Hole

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5

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7

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9

out

10

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in

Yards

430

389

205

517

451

408

489

210

418

3517

492

435

499

534

161

459

479

207

411

3697

7214

Hndcp

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13

17

3

5

9

1

15

11

8

12

4

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18

10

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16

14

Par

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5

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3

4

35

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4

4

5

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4

4

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4

35

70

Bethpage BlackThe Black Course is the most testing layout of the massive municipal 90 hole complex on Long Island, New York originally envisioned and mapped out by Joe Burbeck, a New York state engineer, with the consulting advice and suggestions of the legendary A.W. Tillinghast.  As to who deserves final recognition as designer of the course, the question is currently controversial.  With regard to the course's merits in hosting the U.S. Open there is no controversy.  Rees Jones was hired to restore and update the layout for the 2002 U.S. Open, the first held on a truly democratic (affordable to the average earner) public course in many many years.  Even before renovations, public players would line up sleeping in the parking lot for tee times on this historic course.  Now those same players await comparison of the fate of the best golfers in the world on their own course.  Well, things will be a bit tougher for the pros.  In fact this will be the longest course yardage ever for a U.S. Open.  Two par 4's will be the longest ever played at that level, the 10th and the 12th.  Also fairways will be cut to 26 yards wide on some holes with over 4 inch deep summer rough and greens running at 12-14 on the stimp meter.

    In Tillinghasts' own words from "Reminiscences of the Links" - "Now it was Burbeck's idea to develop one of these layouts along lines, which were to be severe to a marked degree.  It was his ambition to have something which might compare with Pine Valley as a great test...I am rather inclined to believe from reports from some of the best players that it is showing plenty of teeth.  In contemplating the difficulties of the Black, I have in mind particularly the long 4th, a par 5.  When this is played from the full length of the teeing-ground it should prove one of the most exacting three-shotters I know of anywhere.  In locating and designing the green, which can only be gained by a most precise approach from the right, I must confess that I was a trifle scared myself, when I looked back and regarded the hazardous route that must be taken by a stinging second shot to get into position to attack this green."  Mr. Tillinghast goes on to call the course "The Black Leopard" and compares it evenly with the mythical Pine Valley.

    The 2009 U.S. Open  returns here and if you have Links 2003 you can watch and play along by downloading the wonderful recreation of Bethpage Black by Dominique Dubois from the Links Corner.

 


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