Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Bethpage State Park (Black)
Farmingdale, New York
Image: Bethpage State Park (Black)
Course Type
Design Role
(1998, 2008)
Greg Muirhead

Client Course Description

Bethpage State Park, a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course which was the site of the United States Open in 2002 and 2009. Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club.

Designer Notes

A major restoration of the course was undertaken in preparation for the 2002 U.S. Open. Work included the construction of championship tees, the repositioning and/or restoration of all fairway and greenside sand bunkers, and green surface expansions, or reductions, on select holes. Subsequently, Rees Jones, Inc. made additional design improvements to the Black Course in preparation for the 2009 U.S. Open.

Course Photos


Tournament Year(s)
Ryder Cup 2025
PGA Championship 2019
The Barclays 2012, 2016, 2021, 2027
U.S. Open 2002, 2009


Award Publication
Top 10 Best Courses in New York (2022/23) Golf Magazine
Top 100 Courses in the World and U.S. (Since 1998) Golf Magazine
America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses (Since 1998) Golf Digest
America's Best Classical Courses Golfweek
America's 100 Greatest Public Courses (Since 1998) Golf Digest
Seventh, Top 100 Courses You Can Play Golf Magazine
Best Municipal Courses Golfweek
Tenth, Top 45 Courses Since 1959 Golf Magazine
Certified Cooperative Sanctuary Audubon International
America's Best State-By-State Courses You Can Play Golfweek


Headline Date
At the PGA, Bethpage Black Has Everything Except Much Water May 16, 2019
Back To Black: Rees Jones Details Bethpage Black Changes For The 2019 PGA Championship May 14, 2019
A Spectacular Aerial View Of Every Hole At Bethpage Black May 9, 2019
Major Doings April 21, 2019
The 19th Hole: Rees Jones on How Tiger Won at Augusta And Will Win at Bethpage April 21, 2019
2016 Season Brings Top Players to 13 Compelling Rees Jones-Designed Courses January 26, 2016
Bethpage Black To Host The Barclays In 2021, 2027 February 4, 2015
Ryder Cup, PGA Championship Heading to Bethpage Black September 17, 2013

More Information

For more information about Bethpage State Park (Black), please visit the course’s website.