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Photo of the Day: Bethpage Red as Hard-Hat Zone

photo2Today was a bit of a disappointment, as I got out of the house early and drove out to Bethpage State Park hoping to play my first round of the year. I have a little project in mind for the Black course, but when I arrived I learned that both it and the Red course were closed. With all the cooped-up demand (it’s a gorgeous day here in NYC) funneling straight to the Blue course, the best I could do for a tee time, after arriving at 9:15 AM, was 1 PM. So I hit a bucket of balls on the range, took a couple of flicks and left. The Black is scheduled to open April 11, while the Red, according to the monitors in the clubhouse, will open tomorrow, April 1.

Not sure exactly what that will mean for golfers, since the hole pictured is Bethpage Red’s magnificent par-four first, which runs parallel to the Black course’s eighteenth. Construction is underway on a pair of massive corporate hospitality tents for the 2009 US Open. The Red is the Park’s best course for day-in, day-out play, and its first hole is probably one of the fifteen or twenty best openers in the world, so it’s a little weird to see it taken offline so early in the spring. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised–the main event is only ten weeks away, and the circus is beginning to roll into town…



One comment for “Photo of the Day: Bethpage Red as Hard-Hat Zone”

  1. The 18th on Red has a tent too. Also a great hole. Bummer. Another bummer – green fees got a bump up this year. Hey, at least it’s getting warm enough to golf. I’ll be heading to Jersey and Westchester when the circus comes to town.

    Posted by Steve | April 1, 2009, 5:37 pm

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