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What would happen if the Black rerouted their 18th to end on the Red’s 18th? I took a brief look.


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Grandstands. Massive hospitality tents. It’s all being setup at Bethpage Black in preparation for the Barclays Tournament coming in August.

***DISCLAIMER***: For some reason or other, the videos won’t embed on the site, so just click on the links to view ’em.

Here’s a quick vid of the uber-awesome 17th, where it appears they’re building a replica of Citi Field.

And here’s a view from 18, where they’re constructing New Yankee Stadium II.

**Videos were taken on July 12, 2012.

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Is this a mega jinx?  Probably.  But I believe that the winter golf season has come and gone never officially existed on Long Island.

So don’t mind if I reminisce a little bit.  This video was taken in winter 2011; The Winter Wonderland Classic, as we called it.  You’ll know because we must repeat it 755 times in the video.

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Never been to Arizona before.  So there was no way I was passing up the opportunity when a friend of mine said he was doin’ both Troon North courses for a story he was writing and wanted to know if I’d like to tag along.  Plus, he set me up to review both Boulder courses (North and South, both of which were absolutely tremendous) for his magazine Avid Golfer.  Plus, there was an opportunity to get a credential to the Waste Management Phoenix Open and witness the Greatest Show on Grass; the par-3 16th (something every golfer MUST see).

PLUS, the opportunity to see my best friend who just moved to Tempe.  So you know, it was a win-win-win-win-win situation.

A few highlights.

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Black Season

In honor of my appointment to play Black on Sunday for the first time of the season, I figured I’d share my senior video project I made at Hofstra University a few years ago.  Feel free to admire giggle at all my amateur techniques and transitions.  (Luckily for the sake of my future, they’ve vastly improved.)

But I still dig the music selections, not to mention it’s the only realistic way of playing the Black at a reasonable time.  Onward to No. 1!


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I played my first round on the Red last week and was surprised to see that they added another tee to the eighth hole.

The par-4 plays about 390ish from the blues (not the tips) and about 380 from the whites.  There is a tee that was built a few years ago that is waaay back toward the trees, like 40-50 yards  from the normal blues. But it’s rare that they actually tip out the blue tees.  I’ve seen it done in a  few tournaments, but not in many leisurely weekdays/weekends.

But this new tee, I think, is right on.  It’s between the tips and the blues as you can see.  Although I promote all blues to be tipped out, this is a fair compromise and doesn’t ruin  the integrity of the hole.  It’s not supposed to play too long (aren’t there enough on the Red?), placing a high premium on a straight drive to keep out of the fescue on the left and bunker on the right.

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Editor’s Note: This article is dedicated to good friend Michael Catania, who grew up across the street from the Red Course and is quite possibly the only human in history who has played the course as much as I have.

The Eisenhower Park Red Course has been home to many significant events throughout its history.  First, there was the 1926 PGA Championship, which was won by the legendary Walter Hagen (5 & 3 over Leo Diegel).   In more recent years, its hosted the Commerce Bank Championship (Champion’s Tour) and the LI Lightpath Classic (which used to be played at the illustrious Meadow Brook Club in Jericho).

But aside from the championship aspect of the course, perhaps the Red is best known for its most unique feature; it houses arguably the most useless water hazard in Nassau County.  And probably all of Long Island.

Yes, the 13th hole, a 211 yard uphill par-3 dons this underwhelming excuse for a one stroke penalty.  The pond in question, sits approximately 100-120 yards from the back tees and hardly comes into view during a golfer’s pre-shot routine.

It’s in fact so difficult to hit, that you should be able to subtract a shot if your ball finds it.  I honestly believe they built it exclusively for the geese and ducks.  It works out quite well for them.  They have a quiet haven for which to relax and swim and quack.  Then, with little effort,  they gather on dry-land and choose among a plethora of fairways and greens for which to relieve themselves.

So how does one get their Top Flite to find this hazard?  I’ve come up with the only possible scenarios:

1.  Using a 3.5 inch tee, the golfer strikes the ball so high on the face with a utility club that, not only does it leave a devastating idiot mark, but soars so high toward the heavens that it drops 100 yards short of the green and into the water.

2.  The golfer digs up so much turf behind their golf ball that it travels slightly past the ladies’ tee.  Then repeats this retched motion six more times till the ball thuds the water’s surface.

3.  The player thins their tee shot so scarily that it skips twice before the hazard, then twice in the hazard, ultimately hitting the lip and rolling back in.

4.  The golfer hits an exquisitely solid shot with a slight draw that starts just to the right of the green.  In fact, it could be the most well struck shot of the said golfer’s career.  However, at the same time, a flock of geese and ducks are traveling from the west to their favorite resting place.  The ball narrowly grazes the largest goose in the middle of the pack, causing a break in their tight formation.  The ball ricochets straight down, bounces on the cart path just to the right of the pond with enough left spin to kick into the hazard.

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