Bethpage notes

BETHPAGE STATE PARK: BLACK COURSE

This was the second WGT course. Flat greens, slim fairways, and thick rough make this parkland course what it is.

Hole by hole:

1.) Cut the corner if you want. The approach is 4 yds longer than advertised to the back pin

2.) Draw it around the tree if you can. This is a birdie hole.

3.) nothing tough about this hole, it is a simple par 3. Just don’t miss on the short side.

4.) Plan this hole well or you will pay the price. Fly the bunker if you can off the tee. It is impossible to hit this green in two unless you hit the space in front of the green on the tounge of the bunker. Lay up to your favorite yardage and wedge it to death.

5.) Tough par 4. Make sure you fly the bunker off the tee. Then you can try for the green if you have a good angle. If you don’t, don’t be afraid to lay up.

6.) A definite birdie hole. Only experience can tell you how far to cut the corner. The green is flat, so if you hit a good wedge shot you should be able to make the birdie.

7.) Do whatever you can to make a par. Never mess with a front right pin. If you have to lay up, make sure you hit the fairway. This is the hardest hole on the course from the back tees. Find a way to make par and move on!

8.) Make sure you do not leave yourself on the wrong tier. Other than that it is a birdie hole.

9.) only take on the bunker if you can. Play your second shot to the middle of the green. Don’t get too greedy.

10.) Hit the fairway at all costs. If you don’t you can’t lay up any closer than 80 yds, making it tough. The green slopes from back to front so stay below the hole.

11.) Take your chance of birdie

12.) The approach plays a bit longer than it says. Hit the fairway and you are fine.

13.) Birdie this hole. If you don’t you are giving up shots. Stay below the hole on approach.

14.) Stay below the hole (short). It is tough to birdie so don’t be fed up with par.

15.) On the common front left pin, land the ball left of the pin and watch the ball feed back towards the hole. Birdies are common, but so are bogeys and doubles. See Video:

16.) Hit the fairway at all costs. The approach plays 3 yards longer than it says.

17.) Stay on the right tier. The ridge goes right through the middle of the green.

18.) Do whatever you can to hit the fairway. It is not long, so don’t be afraid to hit 3 wd. stay below the hole, and you will make birdie very often. One of the more famous finishing holes in golf.

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