5. Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.; 516-249-0700 nysparks.com
In the education of a golfer, Bethpage Black is a bar exam. Ranked No. 6 in our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, the Black bullies players even before they tee off with a sign at the first tee stating: “Warning—The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.” Among the most highly skilled were Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, who captured the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens here, respectively. True, you may have to spend the night in your car just to sign up to play, but it’s worth the discomfort—simply to experience more on-course. Situated in the center of Long Island, Bethpage boasts a fistful of other courses, but most highly prized is the Red. Nowhere near as brawny as its big brother, the Red nevertheless dishes out plenty of bogies, especially on its tougher-than-old-beef-jerky first hole, a monstrous 470-yard par-4.