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biggoneputt

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Jun 14, 2009
 

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playing high school golf back in the
1960's the county championships were
always played at bethpage.the black
and green course were used.the black
was always a great test.playing in
three county championships from
1968 thru 1970 at those courses
and against some very good
players from other high schools
was awesome. RONNIE B. DONNY J.
JIMMY S. RORY B. ALSO CHET O.
STEVE Z. AND GEORGE O. the
black course will always be my
favorite.
Bob Finnegan

Oneonta, NY

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At age 14 I took my caddie lessons in 1963 at Bethpage State Park. The caddiew wore red hats with numbers on them. Woke up many mornings at 4:00 to make 1st call at the caddie house. When sent to the tees, I always hoped I would be sent to any course but the Black.
He Wants Your Wallet

Hicksville, NY

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Nick T wrote:
I never have played the black course but, I remember going sledding there when we were kids back in the 70's. Some of those hills were amazing !!
Yep! and they served hot chocolate in the club house!!! Awesome!!!
A Bethpage weekend golfer

Plainview, NY

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#28
Jun 14, 2009
 
Nature Boy wrote:
During my 20 year addiction to golf I played The Black many times. Most of the time the course had it's way with me in that the best score I could manage to post was an 82....from the white tees.
Though one overcast, drizzly morning I was playing well out of my norm. I am even through six and pull the drive left off 7 tee. As I appraoch my ball, which was in the rough, I notice a fallen, hollowed out tree providing cover for about 6 or 7 fox cubs who were enjoying their new lives in the park.
When they noticed me they stopped and stared, their heads bobbing to and fro...apparently not sure if I was friend or foe. As I looked beyond them into the brush I noticed Mama Fox also keeping a watchful eye on me. Trying not to disturb their fun, I hit my shot and went on to post a 78 that day. My best round ever on The Black.
For me, an animal and nature lover, this was a joyous occassion. For me, enjoying the outdoors and taking in what nature has to offer is just as much a part of the golfing experience as making pars and an ocassional birdie.
This is why I welcomed the PGA tour with some amount of ambivilance. I knew when the tour arrived to preen up the course, that the hallowed log, which provided a natural temporary home for Mama Fox and her cubs would be removed. I knew the course would lose much of it's natural charm once the corporate world had their way with our public park course.
Personally, I was against the PGA coming to The Page. I knew this one event would transform our public park into something more than a public park...and I was right.
For a lousy $400,000 in extra annual income, Pataki and his parks commissioner turned our public historic clubhouse into a private catering hall that had no business operating on public property. The price of refreshments jumped 15-20 percent. In less then two years our public park became a money maker for the state...instead of a public service offered to it's residents.
And worst of all, every local or out of state duffer with a set of clubs and limited golfing skills came out of the woodwork and wanted to play The Black. They didn't seem to mind spending five or six hours playing a round of golf that should be completed in about four hours. For me, this was the end of golf at The Page.
When the PGA came to The Page, I reluctantly took my golf game out east.
Great post man.
You are a Fraud

Plainview, NY

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JMB wrote:
Played the Black on Nov. 1 2003. Shot the best round of my life on the Black that day, a 78. Got home from playing and my wife told me she was pregnant with our first, a boy, Joseph. The course has meant more to me since than.
You probable belong to the Nassau Players Club and rolled the ball in the rough to get a good lie like they all do.
MeAgain

New York, NY

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They had to bring in a painter from North Carolina to paint stuff? It's not llike this guy's an artisit or anything.... If you read the article they state if someone builds something and it needs to be painted... OMG! You need a SPECIALIST from North Carolina to slap some paint on a building? Please.
Islander

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My uncle Don Placilla was a supintendant of the park in the 70's his house was just off the 14th or 15 th fairway. I most remember the great sleigh riding on those high tees and greens in the winter. I mostly played the blue and white courses cause black was to difficult and my uncle would not let me get in other golfers way. "Had to respect the Black. You had to earn it through practice and hard work" he would say. I would play a few holes late on some days when it was empty. Great course.
NC-Mike

Long Beach, NY

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Nature Boy wrote:
During my 20 year addiction to golf I played The Black many times. Most of the time the course had it's way with me in that the best score I could manage to post was an 82....from the white tees.
Though one overcast, drizzly morning I was playing well out of my norm. I am even through six and pull the drive left off 7 tee. As I appraoch my ball, which was in the rough, I notice a fallen, hollowed out tree providing cover for about 6 or 7 fox cubs who were enjoying their new lives in the park.
When they noticed me they stopped and stared, their heads bobbing to and fro...apparently not sure if I was friend or foe. As I looked beyond them into the brush I noticed Mama Fox also keeping a watchful eye on me. Trying not to disturb their fun, I hit my shot and went on to post a 78 that day. My best round ever on The Black.
For me, an animal and nature lover, this was a joyous occassion. For me, enjoying the outdoors and taking in what nature has to offer is just as much a part of the golfing experience as making pars and an ocassional birdie.
This is why I welcomed the PGA tour with some amount of ambivilance. I knew when the tour arrived to preen up the course, that the hallowed log, which provided a natural temporary home for Mama Fox and her cubs would be removed. I knew the course would lose much of it's natural charm once the corporate world had their way with our public park course.
Personally, I was against the PGA coming to The Page. I knew this one event would transform our public park into something more than a public park...and I was right.
For a lousy $400,000 in extra annual income, Pataki and his parks commissioner turned our public historic clubhouse into a private catering hall that had no business operating on public property. The price of refreshments jumped 15-20 percent. In less then two years our public park became a money maker for the state...instead of a public service offered to it's residents.
And worst of all, every local or out of state duffer with a set of clubs and limited golfing skills came out of the woodwork and wanted to play The Black. They didn't seem to mind spending five or six hours playing a round of golf that should be completed in about four hours. For me, this was the end of golf at The Page.
When the PGA came to The Page, I reluctantly took my golf game out east.
Yes, I remeber the days of playing the Black in the '80s. Leaving work [early!]at Grumman and gladly paying my $10 to walk the Black was quite a walk into history. Sure it's one of the finest golf courses in the US, but I miss those easy going rounds with friends you just met, and those little foxes!!
CJH

Livingston, NJ

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The Black is my favorite golf course on the planet, and I have played Pine Valley and Pebble. It presents challenges like no other and every round I get to play there is special. Sadly, I also have the memory of playing the Black on September 11th, 2001. I walked up to the half way house on 5 and heard the horrible news. The weather that day was perfect and after I heard the news, the skies were empty of planes until 2 fighter jets screamed over head. An unreal day..
Bethpage Born

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The first time I played the Black course I was 16 yrs old. Me and a buddy of mine went to the driving randge,and bought a bucket of balls.
We dumped th balls in our golf bags,and used them. We play the entire round on range balls,and I think we had 2 left when we were done.
Kevin

Huntington, NY

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I played on the St John's U. golf team ('72-'75). "The Black" was our home course. We always knew it was a great test of golf but back in those days it was beaten down and in bad shape. The traps had rocks in them the size of baking potatoes and poorly maintained.
Even so she was one test of golf.
Number 15 was always my toughest hole even though I played with a draw. Just never quite could get it there; and was always glad to hole out and move on to the 16th tee. Playing 17, many times close to sunset, was awesome. To be honest, back then, 18 was a bit of a let down. I'm glad they remade it. Much better finishing hole now vs then. I think if anyone shoots 'even par' for 72 holes they win the Open by 2 this year.
He Wants Your Wallet

Hicksville, NY

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#41
Jun 15, 2009
 
Nature Boy wrote:
During my 20 year addiction to golf I played The Black many times. Most of the time the course had it's way with me in that the best score I could manage to post was an 82....from the white tees.
Though one overcast, drizzly morning I was playing well out of my norm. I am even through six and pull the drive left off 7 tee. As I appraoch my ball, which was in the rough, I notice a fallen, hollowed out tree providing cover for about 6 or 7 fox cubs who were enjoying their new lives in the park.
When they noticed me they stopped and stared, their heads bobbing to and fro...apparently not sure if I was friend or foe. As I looked beyond them into the brush I noticed Mama Fox also keeping a watchful eye on me. Trying not to disturb their fun, I hit my shot and went on to post a 78 that day. My best round ever on The Black.
For me, an animal and nature lover, this was a joyous occassion. For me, enjoying the outdoors and taking in what nature has to offer is just as much a part of the golfing experience as making pars and an ocassional birdie.
This is why I welcomed the PGA tour with some amount of ambivilance. I knew when the tour arrived to preen up the course, that the hallowed log, which provided a natural temporary home for Mama Fox and her cubs would be removed. I knew the course would lose much of it's natural charm once the corporate world had their way with our public park course.
Personally, I was against the PGA coming to The Page. I knew this one event would transform our public park into something more than a public park...and I was right.
For a lousy $400,000 in extra annual income, Pataki and his parks commissioner turned our public historic clubhouse into a private catering hall that had no business operating on public property. The price of refreshments jumped 15-20 percent. In less then two years our public park became a money maker for the state...instead of a public service offered to it's residents.
And worst of all, every local or out of state duffer with a set of clubs and limited golfing skills came out of the woodwork and wanted to play The Black. They didn't seem to mind spending five or six hours playing a round of golf that should be completed in about four hours. For me, this was the end of golf at The Page.
When the PGA came to The Page, I reluctantly took my golf game out east.
I'm glad you have such good memories! I for one appreciate LI and a public course as centerpiece and didn't they say NY state rented the course out for $55 million? seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Liz

Great Neck, NY

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#42
Jun 15, 2009
 
I went and so no one golfing.. it was nice day when it was a practive day out a when i got there it started to rain a nd everyone left the golf field...
chas521

Water Mill, NY

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It was coming down pretty good that day in the 70s and my friend and I made a trip to Bethpage to play regardless. We signed up for The Green Course and after the first hole we made a left turn [should have made a right] when we went under the road and wound up on The Black - never played Bethpage before. That day we both couldn't figure out why the scorecard never matched the holes.
Brian from the Cape

Bronx, NY

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Frank from Hicksville wrote:
A few years back, I had a memorable few weeks playing on the Black. I went out as a single, got paired with three others, and proceeded to make six birdies to go with a double and three bogeys. So, I was -1 after 16 but it was too dark to finish. Because of my handicap, I was able to take pars on 17 and 18 for an "official" round of 70, but it felt tainted to me.
Three weeks later, I played the Black with three buddies of mine, made four birdies and four bogeys for a nice, neat 71. Had to make a 6 footer on the last for par... Probably my best round ever!
Nice round(s)! Got a similar story: Played the Black for the first time July 5th 2001 with two of my brothers, knowing it was coming the next year I had to play it. It was 104 degrees that day and I never walk a course so this was extreme for me! But I played some great golf and was 1 under thru 14 but doubled 15 out of the fescue, then bogeyed 17 and 18 (also in the dark -- couldn't even read the putt on 18) for a round of 74. So first round ever there was one of my the best rounds of my life.

I remember going up to the guyin the pro shop after and saying to him that they're going to spend money changing the greens because I thought they were so flat, but he said why would they do that? Turns out, he was right, the greens were pretty tough to putt on in US Open conditions. Would love to see how tough it could play with no rain so they could set it up as they please!

Maybe next time!:(
Nature Boy

Wellington, KS

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Jun 16, 2009
 
He Wants Your Wallet wrote:
I'm glad you have such good memories! I for one appreciate LI and a public course as centerpiece and didn't they say NY state rented the course out for $55 million? seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Who is they...plz post a link.
Busey

Melville, NY

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I shot a 64 there last week.

I swear!
als

New York, NY

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#49
Jun 16, 2009
 
i will always remember the best 3/4 of a round of my life. bogey on 1, then continued to play the next 13 holes +2. at 3-over crossing the road it all went downhill. triple, double, double, bogey. ugh.
Dave K

Saint Paul, MN

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#50
Jun 16, 2009
 
Lightning Strikes on 9! Back in the 80's, was playing the front nine when a big storm rolled in. Of course, after driving 2 hours, waiting 6 hours to tee off, there was NO WAY we were going back to the clubhouse (we were on 7 at the time - far from the house). Unfortunately, the storm got real bad and we were forced to ditch our clubs, and metal spikes and lie in flat in the bunker behind 8. The bunker started to fill with water and all of us were shocked when a bolt hit nearby. We then ran to a different area next to 9 tee that we thought was safer. In the end, we survived and completed our round <mission accomplished>. That same storm claimed a life on the south shore. Any other course and we walk in that day, but we literally risked our life to complete that round. Call us stupid, but that's The Black!
Kevin

Holtsville, NY

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#51
Jun 16, 2009
 
20 Years ago we were playing the 6th hole in mid July, the sky turned black we saw huge lightening bolts by the drink shack. We all ran for the swale between the 6th and 7th hole. A bolt of lightening struck the tree by the 7th tee it was the loudest thing I ever heard. It spit the tree (oak) from top to bottom. It did not fall down it had split 2-3 inches the entire length. It is still in place and the lighteneng strike is still visible.

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