Tuesday, June 16, 2009



The U.S.G.A. has gained a bit of a reputation in recent years for how they set-up their golf course for the U.S. Open Championship. Clearly, they don’t want somebody shooting -15 under or even -10 for that matter. They like par or just under.

So they have changed the setup at Bethpage Black to now include the longest par 4 ever in the tournament – 525 yards. No, that’s not a misprint. It’s a par 4 and it’s 525 yards. So if you hit your tee shot 315 yards, you still have 210 left to the flag.

Nice, U.S.G.A., NICE!

It gotten so bad, that Bethpage black actually has a warning sign on the first tee…

Some noteworthy tidbits about the course:

• In 2002, it was the longest course in U.S. Open history. At its yardage for the 2009 tournament (7,426 yards), it will be the seventh-longest course in major championship history.

• There are three par-4s of more than 500 yards. One of them -- the 525-yard seventh hole – is longer than the par-5 fourth hole, which is 517 yards.

• The seventh hole will be the longest par-4 in U.S. Open history, overtaking the 515-yard sixth hole last year at Torrey Pines.

• New York State residents have to pay only $50 to play Bethpage Black on weekdays and $60 on weekends. Nonresidents pay $100 and $120, respectively.

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