Bethpage Black rates: It’s shockingly cheap to play Bethpage Black

May 16, 2019

With Bethpage Black hosting the 2019 PGA Championship, you might be asking yourself, “how much does it cost to play Bethpage State Park’s crown jewel?” You’re going to like the answer, because Bethpage Black rates are cheap by most standards. And by premier golf standards, they’re really cheap.

Bethpage Black is public

The 2019 PGA is the third major championship to be held at Bethpage Black. The first, the 2002 U.S. Open won by Tiger Woods, was affectionately known as the “People’s Open.” And it got that name for a reason.

Unlike Augusta National Golf Club, the very private home of the Masters, or Pebble Beach Golf Links, the pricey resort course and site of June’s U.S. Open, Bethpage Black is a true public course. It’s part of Bethpage State Park, a public complex run by the State of New York.

Thanks to its public nature, the rates at Bethpage Black are low enough to give all golfers, and especially New York golfers, the opportunity to play one of golf’s top courses.

Bethpage Black Rates, Greens Fees, Costs

If you are a New York State resident, you can play Bethpage’s Black Course for less than many hard-scrabble munis. The NYS resident weekday rate for 18 holes is $65. Or, you can play a twilight round for just $39. Those prices rise on the weekend but not by all that much. Weekend rates for New Yorkers are $75 for 18 ($45 for twilight). Senior citizens and juniors can play during the week at a discounted rate of $42.

If you’re coming from out of state you’re going to pay more, but the rates are still reasonable considering the quality of the course. On a weekday, a tee time on the Black will run you $130 ($78/twilight). On the weekend, the price jumps to $150 ($90 twilight).

That’s a considerable amount of money, but compared to Pebble Beach ($500+) and Augusta National (you’re best bet is to pray for a tee time at ANGC) it’s a hacker’s dream come true.

Bethpage Tee Time Rates: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow Courses

The good news is that the Black Course isn’t the only option if you want to get a round in on a quality course at the same property. The Black is one of five 18-hole golf courses at Bethpage State Park. And the others — the Red, Green, Blue and Yellow courses — offer much cheaper rates.

For a NY resident, a tee time at the Green, Blue or Yellow costs only $38. Or, you can play nine holes or a twilight round for just $23. Weekend rates are $43/26.

Some golfers swear that the Red Course is actually better than the more heralded Black Course. So even though greens fees on the Red are higher than Green/Blue/Yellow, it may represent the best value.

Resident rates on Bethpage Red are $43/$26 during the week and $48/$29 on the weekend. For non-New Yorkers, the Red rates are $86/$52 (weekday) and $96/$58 (weekend).

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