Best Public Golf Course

Black Course will cure a case of green envy.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2004

When Rhode Island golf buff Kyle Rayhill drove to the Bethpage, N.Y., links to see the 2002 U.S. Open, he thought, Man, I gotta play here. One look at the enticing greens of the Black Course and you’ll feel the same way. The only public course besides Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, and Torrey Pines to have hosted the Open for the USGA, a round on the Black Course costs up to $96. Call the state reservation system (516-249-0707) at 7 p.m. any night to reserve a tee time up to a week in advance. Chances of landing a June Saturday without rapid redial are slim, but a sunny Tuesday in April may be just the reason to call in sick.

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