Yellow at Bethpage State Park Golf Course
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|White M: 68.6/118 W: 74.4/126||411||389||366||151||336||474||164||331||375||2997||510||173||300||410||178||355||340||475||347||3088||6085|
|Red M: 67.1/116 W: 72.2/121||395||382||357||130||322||464||139||321||278||2788||492||160||289||392||170||349||284||467||330||2933||5721|
Nice course for new golfers
I play the other four courses at Bethpage often and never played yellow because i was told it's always a slow round and there's a lot of new golfers on it. I played today and honestly really liked it. The layout isn't long, but the holes have a nice design. You can definitely see some vintage Tillinghast in some of the holes that were taken from the ordinal blue course. I defintiely think this is a great couyrse for new golfers and honestly golfers who want to have fun during the round and go driver and then short iron.
The conditions were okay for this time of year and for a much played muni. The bunkers were in need of a lot of TLC. You can see the material from under the bunkers coming through the sand on many bunkers. I really think the blue, green, yellow and to some extend red suffer from lack of care from the state. I also didn't like that there's no half way house. You had to drive all the way over to the blues halfway house after the 9th hole of yellow. This could back up play if its a slow day, which luckily it wasn't today
Fun Golf Course, Easy to Get Around
Played Feb 21, 2017. Weather was perfect, sunny, 60 degrees, little wind.
**Note**I don't rate clubhouses or off course amenities. I rate golf courses**
Bring a copy of the newspaper or have good phone battery. You'll be using one or the other on every hole. Pace was a disaster. 90 minute wait to get off the tee. Took an hour to play 3 holes, 2 hours to play 6 holes. The only way I was able to finish before dark was because most of the groups ahead of me quit after 9 holes.
For the course...it's really good. Easily the 3rd Best at Bethpage, which is a pretty good compliment give the quality of the Red and Black courses. It's not far behind the Red in terms of quality and far, far superior to the Blue or Green courses. The first hole is very wide off the tee and has a centerline bunker about 200 yards from the tee. I'd almost call this a Bottle hole, but the preferred angle to the green is from the wider side of the fairway rather than the narrow, more difficult side. The 5th hole is also very interesting in that the fairway slopes sharply from right to left at about 200 yards from the tee and then the green is elevated about 20 feet above the fairway. The 11th hole is a very cool short par 3, topping out at just over 300 yards, the fairway pinches in significantly at around the 200 yard point (note the abundance of hazards at 200 yards from the tee...the course was built in the early 20th century and has remained fairly original) and leads to a very good green.
The highlight of the course, however, is the set of par 5s. It's not often that a course can be said to be highlighted by par 5s, but certainly that is the case here. Holes 7 and 17 both dogleg to the left, but they are far from the same hole. 7 plays downhill off the tee and level to the green. 17 plays through a valley, but the landing area for the fairway is at the same level as the tee. Both holes are fantastic and both right at the reachable in 2 range. The 10th hole is the other par 5 and is a real 3 shot hole. Both the tee shot and second shot must be played with precision to have a good 3rd shot. The hole is a double dogleg, playing right off the tee and then left back to the green. The green is on the same level as the fairway, but 50 yards short of the green leading up to the front edge, there exists a significant valley that can make the third shot very difficult. This is certainly not a hole where the second shot is just "another" shot to be blasted at. Overall, I'd actually say that this set of par 5s is the best set on all the courses at Bethpage (consider on the Red course, the 5th hole is incredible, but the 16th hole is, quite frankly, just bad. Then, on the Black course, the 4th hole is world class, and could be better, but 7 is very average and 14 is just a mundane slog).
I love the Black course, but this course is really, really good. 3 star rating for pace of play which was terrible and no one was out attempting to do anything about it.
Fun forgiving track, great for mid/high handicappers
Predicted rain in the for cast scared off players which turned out to be a beautiful day. Practically had the course to ourselves and walked the course in 3 hrs 55 minutes on a Saturday afternoon. Course conditions were well kept despite amount of play Bethpage gets. Course isn't long and flat for the most part. It's very walker friendly with wide fairways. A great course if players feel intimidated playing the Black or Red course. Big hitters would find the course short for the most part but does offer a few long holes. Pace of play of weekends are usually slow. Try to play early if possible to avoid notoriously slow play. For $35 weekdays and $43 weekend green fees, it's much better bargain than any NYC course if you're willing to come out to Long Island.
Played on 9/4/07 Labor Day. Anticipated slow pace but finished our round in 4 hours 30 minutes. Beautiful round on a beautiful day. Greens recently aerated and middle of recovering.
Good for beginners, first timers to Bethpage
I've never been to Bethpage before, so I decided to start by trying to 'easy' course.
This is a really nice state park. The Yellow was in good condition, which makes me look forward to trying the harder/ more interesting/challenging courses on the property.
Overall, it's pretty easy if you are a competent golfer. Even as a beginner, I was able to pretty quickly find errant drives and get myself out of trouble because the tall grass off the fairway is neither tall nor dense.
The fairways are wide and most are straight-on. Reasonably straight drives lead to easy scoring opportunities.
There's some elevation changes but nothing like the other courses I imagine.
I went mid-day, but I was still held up at a few holes here and there. This place gets a lot of play.
Fun course with wide open fairways
The most friendly out of the 5 courses at Bethpage. Great course for mid to high handicap players for its wide fairways, short length and less severe slope overall. Course is walker friendly and by far a joke. Weekend pace can be brutal due to people looking for their balls but a great course to play to try Bethpage for the first time and for woman ad well.
Just played last weekend, just about same review but the greens were recently aerated.
Bethpage...the Crowded Jewel of Long Island
For the newbie, Bethpage is one of the nicest pre-war public courses in the US. It fits and complements its natural terrain, and offers courses of varying difficulties. Yellow is the easiest...a forgiving, undulating track with wide fairways. However, you get several chances to have the ball above and below your feet, as well as in sand and under trees. Greens are generous, but challenging. Slow putting and littering abound, so set a good example during play. Colorful NYC/Long Island characters abound.
Bethpage has benefited from having sponsored & major tournaments played there and has wisely plowed back tourney fees into facilities. Drainage, carts and clubhouse are above-average, driving range is not. Since it is a jewel, Bethpage is inundated with players of all classes. A 4.5 hour carted round is not uncommon, but it's hard not to be diverted by its beauty. A beverage on the clubhouse terrace is memorable.