East Hampton GC. Photo by Larry Lambrecht

Bethpage State Park - Red Course

USA, New York, Long Island
Designer: A. W. Tillinghast
Course Opened: 1936

Golf Magazine included the Red Course at Bethpage State Park on its 2021 ranking of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America you can play list, and included the following description.

The Black Course casts such a long, daunting shadow, it’s amazing any grass can grow on its four sibling courses at Bethpage State Park. But it does, especially on the Red Course, which more than holds its own, albeit with much less fanfare than its fellow A.W. Tillinghast design. There’s no warning sign at the 1st tee like at the Black, the rough is friendlier and the bunkers less dramatic (except for the fistful that split the fairway on the par-4 13th). But locals know none of that makes the Red a pushover. You’ll get the message right away with the uphill approach on the opener, followed by a series of doglegs, both sharp and soft, that will force you to hit every club — and shot — in your bag.


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