Published December 1, 2001
Formerly the Lenox Hills Country Club, the land was purchased by the state and Bethpage State Park was created in the 1930s. Three of the park's courses were designed by A.W. Tillinghast, including the Black Course. When the 2002 U.S. Open was played at Bethpage, it marked the first time the championship ever had been played on a municipal facility. This image by Golf Digest Senior Staff Photographer Stephen Szurlej shows bunkers at Bethpage's Black Course, which some consider to be Tillinghast's finest work. The Black Course was ranked No. 5 in Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2007-08.