Images from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

You saw it all unfold in Farmingdale, N.Y, another dominant showing by

Brooks Koepka at a golf course that shared top billing - Bethpage Black is

popular not only because of its classic Tillinghast design attributes, but

also for its place in American golf society (set within the massive 90 hole

municipal complex at New York's Bethpage State Park). These images

(and descriptions) from the 101st PGA Championship are just that, a

reflection of the week at "The People's Country Club".









Bethpage Clubhouse and welcome sign.









The iconic Bethpage logo is everywhere around the grounds, where five

championship golf courses (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Black) sit shoulder

to shoulder in central Long Island.









The other courses at Bethpage were idle (with various holes being

re-purposed) during the championship. Red Course 1st tee shown.











Kevin Na and Tiger getting in some practice on the greens early in the week.










Rory discusses his preparation for competing on the Black course.










Open Champion Francesco Molinari discussed his day on the course.










Defending Champion Brooks Koepka tells the media he's ready.










Home base for the week.









Tribute to longtime journalist Dan Jenkins.






Among the really interesting pieces in the tribute to Dan Jenkins was

this Funeral announcement for his long time friend Ben Hogan.








The fans in N.Y get an early glimpse of the Masters Champion Tiger

Woods going through his paces on the putting green.








Tommy Fleetwood unleashes a drive on the par 5 13th during

Wednesday's practice round.








The starters booth at the Black Course.








This famous sign that overlooks the 1st tee says it all.









The exam awaits . . .






Severe back to front is how many Tillinghast greens were designed,

the green at the 1st is no different.









The right to left par 4 - 2nd hole. Even during last week's PGA Championship

there were moments when I felt like I was just playing another round on the

Black. After the 1st hole you walk through a tunnel that brings you across

the street). Just a few friendly volunteers were in place as I strolled with

trusty Nikon in hand inside the ropes (at major championships, credentialed

media are only allowed within an arms length of the designated rope line. I

may have extended that space a wee bit a few times to get a better vantage








The approach to the 2nd plays uphill, leaving a bit of uncertainty until

you reach the rise to see where your ball came to rest.









The perspective from the right greenside bunker on the 2nd.











The view from the tee on the par 3 - 3rd.










This image shows how the green surface on the par 3 third tilts away from

the player, often repelling shots off the back.









The par 5 fourth gets our vote as one of the most aesthetically dramatic

parkland holes in America - and one of Tilly's finest designs.








Ditto our previous comments regarding the design virtues on the 4th -

here on the sweeping reverse "S" par 4 - 5th.








The green complex at the short downhill par 4 6th is a classic.









A rare reverse view of the 6th hole that I snagged on my way to the next

tee early Wednesday morning. It was an afterthought at the time, but may

be my favorite image from the week.









From the 7th tee looking back at the sixth.









Normally a challenging par 5 for amateurs who play here, the 7th

played as a brutally tough par 4 for the best in the world.









A contender for my personal favorite views was this one from the fairway bunker

on the 7th.









7th green.









The par 3 - 8th











The only water on the Black Course is here at the 8th, this steep

embankment funnels everything directly into the hazard.









The Black isn't known for its greens, but there are a few really exceptional

green complexes and the 8th is one of them.








9th tee view.










This fairway bunker guards the corner of the dogleg right.










The approach at the 9th.










The 10th plays to a slightly elevated green.










Massive fairway bunkers lined with tall fescue dominate the landscape on the

Black, impressive as a visual, but tough to avoid, like this body of sand on the

par 4 - 11th.









The 12th tee for amateurs, big hitters can carry the cross bunker.

Otherwise stay right. There were still a few spots on the course where

at a quick glance it was tough to tell a major championship was going on.

This was one of those.








If you end up here on the 12th, you bailed out too far right off the tee.









The scoring zone on the 600+ yard par 5 13th.










The shortest hole on the black - 161 yard 14th.









One of the toughest holes in Championship golf is the 487 yard par 4 -15th.










Greenside at 15. Notice the front tier that isn't a false front, but it does

drop-off significantly.










16 tee.









Looking back towards tee.









Rickie Fowler and his group on the 16th during a practice round.










Another magnificent sandscape at Bethpage Black. This one at the

16th might be our favorite.









Looking across the massive green at the 211 yard par 3 17th.









PGA Championship corporate tents line the green.










Close up of the hole location during Wednesday's practice round.









18th tee










Greenside at the last.









In his pre-tournament press conference, Brooks Koepka let the world

know he would be there on Sunday when it mattered. And there he was,

going wire to wire and back to back champion of the PGA Championship.






Finally, if taking on the Black Course is on your bucket list, this overnight

parking lot is your golden ticket. Simply arrive sometime the day before,

park in the lot and be prepared to spend the night. Follow the instructions

here on the sign, (out of state residents can play the Black for $130 weekdays

and $150 weekends) - oh, and be prepared for the fight of your life.


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