Played Bethpage all summer, once per week, sometimes twice. Fabulous grand tracks. Biggest oak trees I ever saw, 100’+, and about 1000 on each hole. Tons of doglegs, and with tree height, impossible to cut the corner(s).
Black and Red courses require NYS license, and there’s no buying for your friend(s) as they put hospital bracelets on you when you buy your tix, and the starter cuts them off at the 1st tee. Non-NYer’s can play, but check the price. These two courses are the best, the Black is a monster, and wouldn’t recommend anyone but single digit handicaps play it. Miss a fairway by 10 yards and not only won’t you find your ball, you won’t even look for it. The grass is 3’ high. The Red is similar in length, 7,000 yds. from the blue tees. Great course. Low rough.
Green, yellow, blue.- don’t need to be NYS resident. Around $30 to play. I play late (4pm) for $23. Play them in that order. One caveat, the green, like the two above, is 9 holes out(1.5 miles from the clubhouse) and 9 holes back in, so if you’re playing 9, be careful, unless you want to walk an hour in the dark. We played 1-7, 17 and 18 on the Green, which works, but not so easy on the Black, Red you can do something like that, 1-7, then 15 on in…but there may be players on those late holes.
Give yourself time to play. Lots of golfers out there, so hard to play quickly, and with twilight prices at 4 pm, lots of golfers wait til then. I started at 5 pm the other day, played 6 hoes in an hour, then ran into 4 fat guys in a cart, drinking beer and smoking cigars. Played 2 holes in next hour. Best thing about the courses? They’re big, majestic, plus other than the Black, you can find your ball. Might be in stand of 100’ oak trees, and have to punch out, but you can find it and hit it. Greens easy to putt. The 1st hole on the Red is 458 yards…from the white tees! A joy to play if you like to really bang it. No executive courses here.
If you’re tempted to play the Black, wait til your game is in mid-season form, and you better be 250+ off the tee and straight. Then you only have 160-190 yds in to half the par 4’s. ;)I don’t like the Blue at all. 4,5,6 and 9 stink, and haven’t played the back, but I hear it’s worse.
Very important: you can buy at the window walking up, but all players in group must be there. No buying tee times ahead without everyone there. If one of foursome is late, you have to wait for their arrival. Kind of weird. NYS residents can get phone ability to buy ahead a week, but I don’t do that.