The Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, has been selected by The PGA of America to host the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. The course on Long Island previously hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championship and the 2012 Barclays Championship.
“How fitting it is that we will be taking two of golf’s premier events to a state that was the site of our first PGA Championship and to a spectacular course whose design was influenced by one of golf’s most accomplished architects and a friend of The PGA of America,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It is exciting that both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup will come to New York, which is home to some of the most passionate and knowledgeable sports fans in the world.”
Opened for play in 1936, Bethpage Black was designed by architect A.W. Tillinghast, who was a guest at an exploratory meeting of The PGA of America in January 1916. Rees Jones led a renovation of the Black Course that was completed in 1998.
Tillinghast also developed the Bethpage Red and Blue Courses, and modified the Lenox Hills Course, which later became the Green Course. The Yellow Course, designed by Alfred Tull, opened in 1958 to enable golfers to play nearly 300,000 rounds annually on Bethpage State Park’s property.
“New York is excited that Bethpage State Park and its spectacular Black Course will be hosting two of golf’s most acclaimed events, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “These major sporting events will provide a tremendous economic boost for Long Island and promote the beautiful Bethpage State Golf Course to the nation and the world. We look forward to welcoming spectators and television viewers worldwide to experience the best golf here in New York.”
Bethpage Black, measuring 7,486 yards and played to a par 71 from its back tees, also has been home to multiple Metropolitan PGA Section and New York State Open competitions.